World Press Photo of the Year

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The vote for Press Photo of the Year is taken during the World Press Photo Awards, hosted by the Dutch foundation World Press Photo. The creator of the winning entry receives 10,000 along with "the most prestigious and coveted award in photojournalism".[1]

Besides Press Photo of the Year, the 13-member jury awards three more prizes in ten categories (spot news, general news, people in the news, sports and action, sports reporting, current issues, daily life, portraits, arts and entertainment, nature), whereby both individual images and photo series are recognised for excellence.[2]

The main prize is given to the image that "... is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity".[3]

List of Press Photos of the Year[edit]

The following is a list of all winners of the Press Photo of the Year, and information on the respective images.

Year Photographer Subject Description Web link
1955 Denmark Mogens von Haven Auto racing On 28 August 1955, at Volk Mølle Racetrack in Assentoft, Denmark, a motorcyclist crashes during a competition. Image
1956 Germany Helmuth Pirath Coming home from the war A German World War II prisoner is released by the Soviet Union and reunited with his 12-year-old daughter, who has not seen him since infancy. Image
1957 United States Douglas Martin Racial segregation in the United States Accompanied by violence and harassment, Dorothy Counts becomes one of the first African American students at Harry Harding High School, where racial segregation is no longer practiced. Image
1958 Czechoslovakia Stanislav Tereba Football During a football game between the teams Sparta Praha and Červená Hvězda Bratislava, Sparta’s goalkeeper Miroslav Čtvrtníček stands on the football field in pouring rain. Image
1959 No award given.
1960 Japan Yasushi Nagao Assassination On 12 October 1960, the 17-year-old extreme right-wing student Otoya Yamaguchi kills the socialist politician Inejiro Asanuma with a sword during a speech in Tokyo’s Hibiya Hall. Image
1961 No award given.
1962 Venezuela Héctor Rondón Lovera Uprising in Venezuela During the El Porteñazo military rebellion, a dying soldier clings to a priest with sniper fire all around them. Image
1963 United States Malcolm Browne Suppression of Buddhists in Vietnam The Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc sets himself ablaze in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Image
1964 United Kingdom Donald McCullin Cyprus Conflict A Turkish woman mourns her dead husband, victim of the Greek-Turkish civil war. Image
1965 Japan Kyōichi Sawada Vietnam War A mother and her children wade through a river in Loc Thuong in the South Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh to escape US bombing. Image
1966 Japan Kyōichi Sawada Vietnam War On 24 February 1966, American troops drag the body of a Viet Cong fighter behind their M113 Armored Personnel Carrier for burial, after he was killed in a fierce night attack by several Viet Cong battalions against Australian and U.S. forces during the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966. Image
1967 Netherlands Co Rentmeester Vietnam War The commander of an M48 Patton looks through his lens. This was the first colour photograph to win the award. Image
1968 United States Eddie Adams Vietnam War On 1 February 1968, the South Vietnamese police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém on a street in Saigon with a bullet to the head. Image
1969 Germany Hanns-Jörg Anders The Troubles An Irish Catholic wearing a gas mask stands in front of a wall with the graffiti we want peace, moments before teargas is thrown by British troops. Image
1970 No award given.
1971 Germany Wolfgang Peter Geller Bank robbery in Saarbrücken After a bank robbery in Saarbrücken, a shootout takes place between police and the bank robbers. Image
1972 South Vietnam Nick Út Vietnam War The young Phan Thị Kim Phúc and other children flee with severe burns caused by napalm, mistakenly dropped by South Vietnamese planes. Image
1973 Chile Orlando Lagos Coup in Chile On 11 September 1973, president Salvador Allende appears shortly before his death in the presidential palace La Moneda during General Pinochet’s military coup. Lagos's identity as the photographer was not revealed until February 2007, a month after his death. Image
1974 United States Ovie Carter Sahel famine, Niger A small child suffers during a drought in Niger. Image
1975 United States Stanley Forman Fire Escape Collapse During a fire in a Boston apartment building, the fire escape collapses and a woman falls down with her goddaughter. The woman died at the scene of impact. Image
1976 France Françoise Demulder Lebanese Civil War In January 1976, a group of Palestinian refugees flees civil war in Beirut. Image
1977 South Africa Leslie Hammond Apartheid The South African police tear-gas a group of demonstrators in Modderdam, near Cape Town. Image
1978 Japan Sadayuki Mikami Narita International Airport After years of protests by the public against the construction of Tokyo Narita Airport, it is ready to open when on 26 March 1978 serious clashes break out between demonstrators and the police. Image
1979 United States David Burnett Fall of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia In November 1979, in a refugee camp in Sa Keo near the Thai-Cambodian border, a woman holds her child in her arms. Image
1980 United Kingdom Mike Wells Famine in Karamoja, Uganda In April 1980, a white missionary in northeastern Uganda holds the comparatively tiny hand of a starving African boy. Image
1981 Spain Manuel Pérez Barriopedro 23-F coup attempt in Madrid On 23 February 1981 Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero speaks with a gun in his hand before the Spanish Congress of Deputies, holding hostage the government and MPs. Image
1982 United States Robin Moyer 1982 Lebanon War On 18 September 1982, Palestinian corpses lie in the street in the aftermath of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, when Phalangist Maronite Christian militias killed Palestinian refugees. Image
1983 Turkey Mustafa Bozdemir Earthquake in Turkey On 30 October 1983, following a devastating earthquake in the vicinity of Erzurum and Kars, Kezban Özer finds her five children buried alive. Image
1984 India Pablo Bartholomew Bhopal disaster The body of a child, killed in a chemical accident at the plant of US chemical company Union Carbide Corporation, is buried. Image
1985 France Frank Fournier Omayra Sánchez Sánchez, a victim of the Armero volcanic disaster, died after being trapped in a mud hole for 60 hours. Image
1986 United States/Israel Alon Reininger AIDS American AIDS patient Ken Meeks sits in a wheelchair. On his arms are numerous lesions caused by Kaposi's sarcoma. Image
1987 United States Anthony Suau Election in South Korea On 18 December 1987, a desperate mother in Kuro, South Korea leans against a riot policeman’s shield and begs for mercy for her son, arrested during a demonstration. After the November election there were protests against the government, accused of electoral fraud. Image
1988 United States David Turnley Earthquake in Armenia In Leninakan, Boris Abgarzian grieves for his 17-year-old son, a victim of the Armenian earthquake. Image
1989 United States Charlie Cole Tiananmen Square Massacre A protester, later dubbed Tank Man, stops a group of People's Liberation Army battle tanks during the massacre in Tiananmen, Beijing. Image
1990 France Georges Merillon Kosovo conflict The family of Nashim Elshani grieves around his deathbed; he was killed while protesting for Kosovar autonomy. Image
1991 United States David Turnley Gulf War US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz mourns the death of fellow soldier Andy Alaniz, killed by friendly fire. Image
1992 United States James Nachtwey Famine in Somalia A Somali mother lifts up the body of her child, killed by malnutrition. Image
1993 Canada Larry Towell Palestinian territories Palestinian children raise their toy guns in the air. Image
1994 United States James Nachtwey Rwandan Genocide Hutu man mutilated by the Hutu Interahamwe militia, who suspected him of sympathizing with the Tutsi rebels. Image
1995 United States Lucian Perkins First Chechen War A boy peers out of a refugee-packed bus fleeing fighting near Shali, Chechnya and heading for Grozny. Image
1996 Italy Francesco Zizola Angolan Civil War Young Land mine victims play in the Angolan city of Kuito. Image
1997 Algeria Hocine Algerian Civil War A woman mourns the victims of a massacre in Bentalha, Algeria. Image
1998 United States Dayna Smith Kosovo conflict Relatives and friends comfort the widow of a KLA fighter, shot dead while on patrol the previous day. Image
1999 Denmark Claus Bjørn Larsen Kosovo War A wounded Kosovar Albanian refugee walks the streets of Kukës, Albania. Image
2000 United States Lara Jo Regan Immigration to the United States A Mexican immigrant works in order to feed her children. Image
2001 Denmark Erik Refner Refugee disaster in Afghanistan In the Jalozai refugee camp, the body of an Afghan boy is prepared for burial. Image
2002 Armenia/United States Eric Grigorian Earthquake in Iran A boy holds the trousers of his dead father, killed in the 23 June 2002 earthquake. Image
2003 France Jean-Marc Bouju Iraq War An Iraqi prisoner of war with a hood over his head comforts his son at a holding centre. Image
2004 India Arko Datta Indian Ocean earthquake Two days after the tsunami, a desperate Indian woman mourns a relative killed in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Image
2005 Canada Finbarr O'Reilly Niger food crisis A mother and her child wait for food in an emergency center in Tahoua, Niger. Image
2006 United States Spencer Platt Lebanon War Five young Lebanese ride in a convertible through the rubble of a bombed South Beirut. Image
2007 United Kingdom Tim Hetherington Afghanistan War An exhausted American soldier leans against a wall and keeps his eyes covered. Image
2008 United States Anthony Suau Subprime mortgage crisis An armed officer moves through a home following residents' eviction as a result of mortgage foreclosure. Image
2009 Italy Pietro Masturzo Iranian presidential election, 2009 An Iranian woman shouting from a rooftop in Tehran in protest against the result of Iranian presidential elections held in 2009. Image
2010 South Africa Jodi Bieber Taliban treatment of women Bibi Aisha, 18, was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband’s house in Oruzgan province, in the center of Afghanistan. At the age of 12, Aisha and her younger sister had been given to the family of a Taliban fighter under a Pashtun tribal custom for settling disputes. Image
2011 Spain Samuel Aranda Protests in Yemen, Arab Spring A woman holds a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011. Image
2012 Sweden Paul Hansen Victims of Operation Pillar of Defense Grieving men carry to their funerals two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad, killed by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City that killed their father, Fouad, and critically injured their mother. Taken November 20, 2012. Image
2013 United States John Stanmeyer African migrants Migrants on the shore of Djibouti city raise their cell phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia. Image

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