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World Press Photo Consest 2010






World Press Photo Consest 2010


Amsterdam, 12 February 2010

Pietro Masturzo, freelance photographer from Italy, wins premier award

The international jury of the 53rd annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a photo by the Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo as the World Press Photo of the Year 2009. The picture depicts women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran, on 24 June. The winning photograph is part of a story depicting the nights following the contested presidential elections in Iran, when people shouted their dissent from roofs and balconies, after daytime protests in the streets. The story as a whole was awarded first prize in the category People in the News.

The conclusion of the jury
Jury chair Ayperi Karabuda Ecer said: “The photo shows the beginning of something, the beginning of a huge story. It adds perspectives to news. It touches you both visually and emotionally, and my heart went out to it immediately.”

Fellow juror Guy Tillim commented: “The difficulty in photographing conflict situations is one of portraying the parallel lives involved, of people going on with their lives. This picture has made a very good attempt at marrying these two elements, in giving the conflict a context – and that is a holy grail of photography. The photographer does it with a very beautiful image of an Iranian landscape, which would be worth looking at in itself.  But it also arouses our curiosity about the woman shouting – incorporating this moment, the importance of this historical event. It represents a very honest and successful attempt at taking forward our vocabulary of showing things.”

Juror Kate Edwards said: “The photo has a powerful sense of atmosphere, tension, fear – but also of quietness and calm, and in this sense was a challenge as a choice. We were looking for an image that drew you in, took you deeper, made you think more – not just about showing what we already know, but something that asks more of us.”

2010 contest statistics
The jury gave prizes in ten themed categories to 63 photographers of 23 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mali, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Somalia, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

During the two-week judging, the jury viewed a record number of photographs with 101,960 images submitted by 5,847 photographers. The photographers represent 128 different nationalities.

Entries by photographers from Asia continued a steady increase, with the majority of entries coming from China with 586 submissions (2009:490) and Indonesia with 107 submissions (2009: 77). Africa also had a higher number of entries, with a 7.5% increase. European photographers were well represented, with a significant increase from photographers from Italy with 370 entries (2009: 306) and Russia with 156 entries (2009: 130).

The 2010 jury
The two-week judging period brought together 19 picture editors, photographers and representatives of press agencies from around the world. The members of the 2010 jury were:

Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters

Harry Borden, UK, photographer
Saurabh Das, India, photographer The Associated Press
Kate Edwards, UK, picture editor Guardian Weekend Magazine
Bill Frakes, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
David Griffin, USA, director of photography National Geographic magazine
Hideko Kataoka, Japan, director of photography Newsweek, Japan
Guy Tillim, South Africa, photographer
Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium, photographer

Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European picture coordinator The New York Times
Stephen Mayes, UK, managing director VII Photo Agency

For the 2010 contest, specialized juries took part in the initial rounds of judging for the categories Sports, Nature and Portraits. The specialized juries were created with the intention of bringing more focus to the categories, and raising the overall standard even further. The members of the specialized juries brought extensive experience, knowledge and their diverse perspectives to enhance the judging process. After the specialized juries judged their categories in the first part of the contest, one representative per category joined the general jury for the final round, to ensure continuity. The members of the specialized juries were:

Bill Frakes, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
Giovanna Calvenzi, Italy, picture editor Sportweek / La Gazetta dello Sport
Adam Pretty, Australia, photographer Getty Images

David Griffin, USA, director of photography National Geographic magazine
Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo, France
Mattias Klum, Sweden, photographer and filmmaker

Harry Borden, UK, photographer
Laurie Kratochvil, USA, photography consultant
Charlotte Cotton, UK, creative director National Media Museum, London

News & documentary:
Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters
Volker Lensch, Germany, head of photo department Stern
Laura Serani, Italy, freelance curator
Marizilda Cruppe, Brazil, photographer O Globo / Eve Photographers
Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer Noor

Jury appoints a Special Mention
Following the judging of the contest, the jury decided to name a Special Mention, recognizing a frame grab from a video posted on YouTube in June 2009 during the post-election uprising in Iran. It depicts a woman identified as Neda Agha-Soltan lying on the ground after being shot in the chest.

Jury member David Griffin of National Geographic commented: “I am pleased that World Press Photo has provided an avenue for non-professional images that have a significant impact on the historical visual record.”

The jury considers an image for a Special Mention when it has played an essential role in the news reporting of the year worldwide and could not have been made by a professional photographer.

Awards Days and 2010 exhibition
Pietro Masturzo, the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2009, will receive his award during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday, 2 May 2010. The award also carries a cash prize of €10,000. In addition, Canon will donate a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit to Masturzo.

The awards ceremony is preceded by a two-day program of lectures, discussions and screenings of photography. The exhibition of prize-winning photography will be shown at the Oude Kerk from 23 April to 20 June and subsequently visit over 100 locations around the world. For a provisional exhibition schedule, visit:

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.


 Pietro Masturzo, Italy
Women shouting on a rooftop in protest to the presidential election results,
Tehran, Iran, 24 June

1 Adam Ferguson, Australia, VII Mentor Program for The New York Times
Afghan woman rushed from the scene of a suicide bombing, Kabul, 15 December
2 Mohammed Salem, Palestinian Territories, Reuters
Smoke rises during Israel’s offensive in Gaza, 8 January
3  Julie Jacobson, USA, The Associated Press
Fatally wounded Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow US Marines, Helman Province, Afghanistan, 14 August
Honorable mention
Robin Utrecht, the Netherlands, ANP
Car drives into crowd of onlookers during Queen’s Day celebrations, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 30 April

SPOT NEWS STORIES 1 Walter Astrada, Argentina, Agence France-Presse
Bloodbath in Madagascar, February
2 Olivier Laban-Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse
Post-election protests in Tehran, 13-15 June
3  Mohamed Abed, Palestinian Territories, Agence France-Presse
Attack on Gaza Strip, January

Gaza photo album: Tuzzah, Gaza Strip, 3 March
2 Carlos Villalon, Chile, Redux Pictures
Medellin’s drug gangs: youngster lies dead in the street, Colombia, 27 September
3  Rina Castelnuovo, Israel, for The New York Times
Jewish settler throws wine at Palestinian woman, Hebron, West Bank, 10 March

GENERAL NEWS STORIES 1 Marco Vernaschi, Italy, for Pulitzer Center
Guinea Bissau
2 Farah Abdi Warsameh, Somalia, The Associated Press
Stoned to death, Somalia, 13 December
3  Meiko Herrmann, Germany
Gaza, landscape of destruction, January

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS SINGLES 1 Michele Borzoni, Italy, TerraProject
Riots in Srinagar, Kashmir
2 David Guttenfelder, USA, The Associated Press
US soldiers respond to Taliban fire outside their bunker, Korengal Valley,
Afghanistan, 11 May
3  Justin McManus, Australia, The Age
Australian bushfires: Jennifer Woods discovers her street reduced to ruins, 8 February

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS STORIES 1 Pietro Masturzo, Italy
From the rooftops of Tehran, June
2 Charles Ommanney, United Kingdom, Getty Images for Newsweek
Inauguration Day, Washington DC, 20 January
3  David Chancellor, United Kingdom, ShapeShifters
Villagers discover fallen elephant, Zimbabwe

1 Gareth Copley, United Kingdom, Press Association
England’s Jonathan Trott is run out at the fifth Ashes test match, London, 20 August
2 Pat Murphy, Ireland, Sportsfile
Jockey James Carroll and his horse Lord Time fall at Steeplechase, Co. Kildare,
Ireland, 28 April
3  Daniel Kfouri, Brazil
Megaramp, Sao Paulo

1 Donald Miralle, Jr., USA
Ironman World Championships, Hawaii
2 Craig Golding, Australia
World Masters Games, Sydney
3  Magnus Wennman, Sweden, Aftonbladet
Stockholm Mean Machines

1 Robert Gauthier, USA, Los Angeles Times Magazine
Yankee fans try to distract Angels left fielder Juan Rivera, Yankee Stadium, 25 October
2 Mark Holtzman, USA, for Sports Illustrated
US Air Force stealth bomber flies over the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 1 January
3  Robert Beck, USA, for Sports Illustrated
Tiger Woods flips clubs with his caddy Steve Williams, Arizona

Lance Armstrong’s comeback
2 Denis Rouvre, France
Senegalese wrestlers
3  Stepan Rudik, Ukraine, for RIA Novosti
Street fighting, Kiev, Ukraine

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES SINGLES 1 Pierre-Olivier Deschamps, France, Agence Vu
France Residence: Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris
2 Stefano De Luigi, Italy, VII Network for Le Monde Magazine
Giraffe killed by drought, northeast Kenya, September
3  Zed Nelson, United Kingdom, INSTITUTE
Love Me: Christopher (22) gets his chest waxed in a New York salon
Honorable mention
Guillermo Arias, Mexico, The Associated Press
Body of an alleged drug dealer, Tijuana, Mexico, 6 September

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES STORIES 1 Eugene Richards, USA, Reportage by Getty Images for The Sunday Times
Magazine/Paris Match
War Is Personal, USA
2 Alessandro Imbriaco, Italy, Contrasto
Casilino 900 camp, Italy
3  Tommaso Ausili, Italy, SIME
Slaughterhouse, Italy
Honorable mention
Ou Zhihang, China
The Moment
DAILY LIFE SINGLES 1 Michael Wolf, Germany, Laif
Tokyo subway
2 Joan Bardeletti, France
Middle Classes in Africa: Sunday picnic, Mozambique
3  Luca Santese, Italy, Cesuralab
Maryen, single mother, Detroit

DAILY LIFE STORIES 1 Gihan Tubbeh, Peru
Adrian, 13-year old autist
2 Matt McClain, USA, for People
Finding Their Way, Colorado
3  Simon Roberts, United Kingdom
We English: England at Play
Honorable mention
Pieter Ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, Agence Vu
Hungry Horse, Montana

PORTRAITS SINGLES 1 Laura Pannack, United Kingdom, Lisa Pritchard Agency for The Guardian
Weekend magazine
Graham, anorexic teenager
2 Pieter Ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, Agence Vu
Katie, Hungry Horse, Montana
3  Jérôme Bonnet, France, for Libération
Monsieur Dendoune, father of the family

PORTRAITS STORIES 1 Roderik Henderson, the Netherlands
In the car
2 Annie van Gemert, the Netherlands
Boys and girls
3  Willeke Duijvekam, the Netherlands, Unit
Eva, transgender teenager

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SINGLES 1 Malick Sidibé, Mali, for The New York Times Magazine
Fashion portfolio: Prints and the Revolution, Mali
2 JR, France, Agence Vu
Women are Heroes, Kibera slum, Kenya
3  Kees van de Veen, the Netherlands, Dagblad van het Noorden
Artist Guler Lacht takes portraits of art festival visitors, the Netherlands

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT STORIES 1 Kitra Cahana, Canada, Fabrica for Colors
Rainbowland, New Mexico
2 Francesco Giusti, Italy
Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes, Congo Brazzaville
3  Karla Gachet, Ecuador, Aurora Photos
Ceci, 20-year old tango dancer, Buenos Aires

NATURE SINGLES 1 Joe Petersburger, Hungary, National Geographic Image Collection
Hunting kingfisher, Hungary
2 Nick Cobbing, United Kingdom, for Greenpeace International
Glaciologists paddle down glacier, Greenland
3  Paolo Patrizi, Italy, Kaze no Tabibito
Starling flock, Italy

NATURE STORIES 1 Paul Nicklen, Canada, National Geographic
South Georgia, Antarctica
2 Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, Laif
Urban jungles
3  Fang Qianhua, China, Southern Metropolis Daily
Contaminated oranges, China



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