It’s the 56th year when World Press Photo acknowledged the efforts of photo journalists around the world and announce the winners of its annual contest. The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories to 54 photographers of 32 nationalities for what is considered one of the most prestigious photojournalism honors. This year’s Photo of the Year, was given to Paul Hansen, a Swedish photo journalist who has represented a striking image of the bodies of two young children carried through the streets of Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike. The photographer has humanized a very politically charged situation that was termed as controversial but the jury decided the other way and considered it the best photo.
I hope these compilation would make you feel how the world has turned up in last year since so much happened and these photographers were all over the place clicking history in making.
World Press Photo of the Year
Suhaib Hijazi, 2, and her brother, Muhammad, 3, were killed when an Israeli airstrike struck their Gaza City house, photographer Paul Hansen said. Their father, Fouad, was also killed, Hansen said. In the photo, Fouad’s brothers carry the children’s bodies to a mosque for burial on November 20, 2012, while the father’s body follows behind on a stretcher.
Natural Single – First Prize
Australia’s endangered Southern Cassowary eats fruit from a Blue Quandong tree on November 16, 2012.
Nature Stories – First Prize
Emperor penguins swim in Antarctica’s Ross Sea on November 18, 2011
Spot News Single – Second prize
Syrian opposition fighters interrogate captured government informants on July 31, 2012, in Aleppo, Syria, in a photograph by Emin Ozmen. The informants were declared guilty and tortured throughout the night, according to Ozmen
Spot News Stories – Second Prize
A Free Syrian Army fighter during clashes against government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on October 10, 2012.
First prize — general news single:
A woman identified as Aida cries while recovering from injuries she received when the Syrian army shelled her house on March 10, 2012, in Idlib. Her husband and two children were fatally wounded during the shelling, photographer Rodrigo Abd said.
General News Stories – Third Prize
Pine trees uprooted during the 2011 tsunami lie on the beach in Rikuzentakata, Japan, on March 7, 2012.
Sports Action Single – First Prize Sports
An Indonesian jockey, his feet in a harness strapped to bulls and clutching their tails, appears joyous at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields as part of the Pacu Jawi bull race on February 12, 2012, in West Sumatra. The bull race is a popular competition between villages at the end of harvest season.
Second prize sports – sports action stories
Egypt’s Alaaeldin Abouelkassem, top, moves against Peter Joppich of Germany during their men’s fencing match on July 31, 2012, during the London Olympics.
First prize sports – Sports features stories
Armed guards protect a women’s basketball team during play on February 21, 2012, in Mogadishu, Somalia. Young women risk their lives to play basketball in the war-torn country.
First prize – Contemporary issues single
A woman stops to read a book during her shift picking up trash at a dump near slums in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 3, 2012.
First prize — Contemporary Issues Stories:
Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay watch TV after studying on June 22, 2012, in Da Nang, Vietnam. The couple have been together for a year, according to photographer Maika Elan, in a country that’s been hostile to same-sex relationships in the past.
First prize — Daily life stories:
Mirella, 71, takes care of her husband of 43 years, Luigi, who has Alzheimer’s disease, in Rome.
Third prize people – Observed portraits single
Kayla with a lookalike doll in front of a portrait of her ancestors in Boston.
Third prize people – Observed portraits stories
After living with his father for 10 years and staying in a youth shelter, Martin, 18, went to live again with his mother in Tilburg, the Netherlands, two years ago. He appears in a February 15, 2011, portrait.
Second prize people – Staged portraits single:
Ai Weiwei, the well-known artist and critic of the Chinese government, appears in a February 6, 2012, portrait in Beijing.
First prize people – Staged portraits stories
Makone Soumaoro, 30, who has a goiter, is photographed in Conakry, Guinea, on October 17, 2012. “I don’t have pain, but I am worried that my neck swells that much,” she told photographer Stephan Vanfleteren. “I hope it it is not a tumor because I am a housewife and my man and three children need me.”