— World Press Photo of the Year – Samuel Aranda

World Press Photo, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, recently announced the winners of its 2012 photojournalism contest. Top honors this year went to Samuel Aranda for this image of a woman holding a wounded relative during protests in Yemen.

More than 5,000 photographers from 124 countries submitted over 100,000 pictures to the competition.

The prize-winning photographs will be assembled into an exhibition that will travel to 45 countries over the next year.

Here I have shown just a sample of this year’s group of winners – please visit the World Press Photo website to see them all.

 

Photo’s from the top:

 

1. Winner of the 2012 World Press Photo of the year. Photographer Samuel Aranda, working for The New York Times, captured this image of a woman holding a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, on October 15, 2011

 

2. First prize winner in the Spot News Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo Contest, this photo by Yuri Kozyrev shows rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, on March 11, 2011.

 

3. Photographer Koichiro Tezuka took first prize in the Spot News, stories category for his coverage of the impact of last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here, a fire consumes a house as others are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011.

 

4. First prize winner in the Nature Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, “Rhino Wars”, by Brent Stirton. A female rhino, left, in Natal, South Africa, that four months earlier survived a brutal dehorning by poachers who used a chainsaw to remove her horns and a large section of bone in this area of her skull, in the Tugela Private Game Reserve, on November 9 2010

 

5. Photographer Ton Koene from the Netherlands won second prize in the Portraits, stories category. This image shows a recruit at a police training center, in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on September 28, 2011.

 

6. Li Yang captured this image, winning third prize in the Spot News, singles category. In the photo, a 22-year-old woman in a wedding gown is grabbed by Guo Zhongfan, a local community officer, as she attempts to kill herself by jumping out of a seven-story residential building in Changchun, Jilin province, on May 17, 2011. According to local media, the woman tried to commit suicide after her boyfriend of four years broke up with her, just as they were making plans to get married. The woman did not sustain any injuries during the incident.

 

7. The winner of the second prize Sports Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest by Adam Pretty of Australia shows divers practicing during the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, on July 17, 2011.

 

8. Winner of first prize in the Contemporary Issues, Singles category, this photograph shows Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, in between clients in a room she rents in Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine. Maria injects drugs on a daily basis and sees many men every week but claims she remains HIV negative. She says she need the money to support herself, her drug habit and her nine-year-old daughter.

 

9. Photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba took first prize in the People in the News, Stories category, showing the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, in April of 2011. Here, Chieko Matsukawa shows her daughter’s graduation certificate as she finds it in the debris in Higashimatsushima city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.

 

10. A model poses in front of tailor stalls in the center of Dakar, Senegal, on July 9, 2011, in this photo by Vincent Boisot, winner of second prize in the Arts and Entertainment, Singles category. The model wears the creation of a designer, Yolande Mancini, participating in the 9th edition of Dakar Fashion Week.

 

11. First prize winner in the Daily Life, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, this image by Alejandro Kirchuk, is part of a series titled “Never Let You Go”. Here, Marcos leads Monica from their room to the living room in Buenos Aires. Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

12. Winner of first prize in the Portraits, Singles category. Photographer Laerke Posselt, of Denmark, took this portrait of Iranian-born Danish actress Mellica Mehraban in Copenhagen, on May 4, 2011.

Via: The Atlantic

 

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