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06.09. – 13.10.2013

DAILY 11-19 H

Since 1955 the board of the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photo-journalism which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, has invited press photographers and photo-journalists from all over the world to take part in the World Press Photo competition. An international jury, which is changed each year and consists of 19 members, judges the submitted entries that come from photographers, agencies, newspapers and magazines all over the world.

This year the competition received 103,481 entries from 5,666 professional photographers from 124 countries. The international jury awarded prizes across nine theme categories to 54 photographers from 33 countries.

It is not only an impressive demonstration of achievements in international photo-journalism but also a unique retrospective of events of worldwide importance and historical significance that have taken place during the previous year, covering such subjects as politics, culture, sports and nature.

A picture by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2012. The picture shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street. It was made on 20 November 2012 in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories.

The main prize, the World Press Photo of the year is awarded to an individual photograph that is not only a summation of the previous year in photo-journalism but also deals with subject matter, a situation or event which has great journalistic significance and, at the same time shows exceptional achievement in the areas of visual perception and creativity.

The World Press Photo travelling exhibition attracts over three million people each year in 45 countries. This year, the world’s most prestigious annual exhibition of photojournalism visits Vienna for the 12th year running. The eleventh edition in 2012 had over 22,000 visitors at WestLicht.

The yearbook including all awarded images from this year's contest, contains the best photo journalistic works of the year. Hence the large format publication is not only an exhibition catalogue, but also an independent, gripping contemporary document.

Schilt Publishing, 160 pages, English, 22.8 x 29.4 cm, paperback
To order, please write to bookshop(at)

World Press Photo is supported by the Netherlands Postal Code Lottery and sponsored worldwide by Canon. For further information visit


World Press Photo of the Year 2012
Paul Hansen, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter
Gaza Burial, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, 20 November 2012

2nd Prize Spot News Stories
Fabio Bucciarelli
, Italy, Agence France-Presse
Free Syrian Army Fighter, Aleppo, Syria, 10 October 2012

1st Prize General News Singles
Rodrigo Abd
, Argentina, The Associated Press
Aida, Idlib, Syria, 10 March 2012

3rd Prize General News Stories
Daniel Berehulak
, Australia, Getty Images
Japan After the Wave, 7 March 2012

1st Prize Sports Feature Stories
Jan Grarup
, Denmark, Laif
Women’s Basketball, Mogadishu, Somalia, 21 February 2012

1st Prize Contemporary Issues Singles
Micah Albert
, USA, Redux Images for Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Woman Reading at Dandora Municipal Dump, Nairobi, Kenya, 3 April 2012

2nd Prize Daily Life Singles
Søren Bidstrup
, Denmark, Berlingske
Early Morning on Summer Holiday, Jesolo, Italy, 8 July 2012

1st Prize Daily Life Stories
Fausto Podavini
, Italy
Mirella, Rome, Italy, 1 June 2010

1st Prize Sports Action Singles
Wei Seng Chen
, Malaysia
Pacu Jawi Bull Race, Batu Sangkar, Indonesia, 12 February 2012

2nd Prize Sports Action Stories
Sergei Ilnitsky
, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency
Fencing at the Olympics, London, UK, 31 July 2012

1st Prize Nature Singles
Christian Ziegler
, Germany
Southern Cassowary, Australia, 16 November 2012

2nd Prize Staged Portraits Singles
Stefen Chow
, Malaysia, for Smithsonian magazine
Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China, 6 February 2012