Zum 55. mal wurde der World Press Photo Award auch im Jahr 2012 wieder vergeben. Der Preis zählt zu den wichtigsten Auszeichnungen für Pressefotografen. Fotograf Samuel Aranda wurde für das beste Pressebild des Jahres 2011 ausgezeichnet. Es zeigt eine verschleierte Jemenitin die einen verletzten Verwandten im Arm hält. Die 19-köpfige Jury des World Press Photo 2012 setzt sich zusammen aus renommierten Fotografen, Agenturmitarbeitern und Bildredakteuren von National Geographic oder dem Sunday Times Magazine. Das Gewinnerbild ist mit 10.000 Euro honoriert. Alle Gewinnerfotos aus den unterschiedlichen Kategorien mit der englischen Originalbeschreibung gibt es hier in diesem Artikel. Unter dem Tag World Press Photo Award können die Pressebilder aus den Vorjahren aufgerufen werden.
*Die Beschreibungen befinden sich immer unter dem jeweiligen Bild.*
World Press Photo of the Year 2011
Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times
A woman holds her wounded son in her arms during protests against president Saleh,
Sanaa, Yemen, 15 October
2nd prize Arts and Entertainment Singles
Vincent Boisot, France, Riva Press for Le Figaro Magazine
Dakar, Senegal, 9 July
A model poses in front of tailor stalls in the center of Dakar, Senegal. She wears the creation of a designer, Yolande Mancini, participating in the 9th edition of Dakar Fashion Week.
1st prize Arts and Entertainment Stories
Rob Hornstra, The Netherlands, Institute for Artist Management
The Sochi Project: Sochi Singers
Marika Bajur sings ‘Kuriu’ in the restaurant Eurasia. The southern Russian city of Sochi lies on the Black Sea and attracts predominantly Russian holidaymakers who come for a mix of sun, sea, sand and nightlife. Restaurants are plentiful and competition is fierce, with every restaurant employing a regular live musician blasting Russian chansons and popsa.
1st prize Contemporary Issues Singles
Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images for Kiev Independent
Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine, 31 August
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.
1st prize Contemporary Issues Stories
Stephanie Sinclair, USA, VII Photo Agency for National Geographic magazine
Hajjah, Yemen, 10 June 2010
Tahani (in pink), who married her husband Majed when she was 6 and he was 25, poses for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah. Nearly half of all women in Yemen were married as children. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.
1st prize Daily Life Singles
Damir Sagolj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Reuters
Pyongyang, North Korea, 5 October
A picture of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung, decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang.
1st prize Daily Life Stories
Alejandro Kirchuk, Argentina
“Never Let You Go”
Marcos leads Monica from their room to the living room. Although at times he grumbles about the time devoted to her care, Marcos did not see any other possibility. “Tell me where she is going to be better than here. I treat her like a princess, here she has everything.” Marcos, 89, and Monica, 87, have been married and living in their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 65 years. In 2007, Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since that moment, her husband devoted all his time to take care of her. The disease is considered a future epidemic because it mainly affects older people, and as life expectancy is annually increasing in global population, the disease is becoming increasingly common.
1st prize General News Singles
Alex Majoli, Italy, Magnum Photos for Newsweek
Protesters cry, chant and scream in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, after listening to the speech in which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he would not give up power. Cairo, Egypt, 10 February.
2nd prize General News Stories
Paolo Pellegrin, Italy, Magnum Photos for Zeit Magazin
Tsunami aftermath, Japan, 14 April
The devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the northeast coast of Japan triggered hugely destructive tsunami waves of up to 38 meters that struck Japan traveling up to ten kilometers inland. More than 28,000 people are dead or missing and more than 125,000 buildings destroyed or severely damaged.
1st prize Nature Singles
Jenny E. Ross, USA
Novaya Zemlya, Russia, 30 June
A male polar bear climbs precariously on the face of a cliff above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie in northern Novaya Zemlya, attempting to feed on seabird eggs. This bear was marooned on land and unable to feed on seals–its normal prey–because sea ice had melted throughout the region and receded far to the north as a result of climate change.
1st prize Nature Stories
Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic magazine
“Rhino Wars”, Tugela Private Game Reserve, Colenso, Natal, South Africa, 9 November 2010
A female rhino 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. The female rhino survived the dehorning and has joined up with a male bull who now accompanies her. Rhino horn is now worth more than gold on the international market. South Africa alone has lost more than 400 rhino to illegal poaching incidents in 2011. The demand for Rhino horn is fueled by a wealthy Asian middle and upper class and used overwhelmingly as medication.
2nd prize People in the News Singles
Tomasz Lazar, Poland
Arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York City, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality. New York, USA, 25 October
1st prize People in the News Stories
Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse
Aftermath of the tsunami, Japan, 3 April
Chieko Matsukawa shows her daughter’s graduation certificate as she finds it in the debris in Higashimatsushima city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
1st Prize Portraits Singles
Laerke Posselt, Denmark
Iranian-born Danish actress Mellica Mehraban, Copenhage, 4 May
The 27-year-old Iranian-born actress Mellica Mehraban grew up in Denmark, but debuted as an actor in Iran in 2011. Taking the leading role as a villain in the spy drama ‘Fox Hunting’, she learned firsthand about the culture of her native country: following a regime-approved script, she was required to wear a head scarf in all scenes, forbidden from swearing, and learned to show that she was in love with a man without telling him or touching him.
2nd prize Portraits Stories
Ton Koene, The Netherlands
Recruit at a police training center, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 28 September
New Afghan police recruits at the German police training centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan. All are illiterate; they are farmer sons from rural areas who never had any education and are joining the police for economic reasons. Their loyalty to the government is thin. A police officer earns around $170 per month, and due to harsh living and working conditions and as well the high risk for being killed by the Taliban, many decide to leave the police force before their contract ends.
1st prize Spot News Singles
Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, Noor Images for Time
Rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, 11 March. For weeks, rebels held out against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the hope that the world would come to their aid. Defiance faded as the dictator’s planes and tanks began to retake what had been dubbed Free Libya.
2nd prize Spot News Stories
Niclas Hammarström, Sweden, for Aftonbladet
Utøya, Norway, 22 July
Trying to avoid the killer’s bullets, many people jumped into the cold water. Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people on 22 July on the small island of Utøya outside Oslo in Norway.
2nd prize Sports Singles
Ray McManus, Ireland, Sportsfile
Scrum half, Old Belvedere vs. Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland, 5 February
Action from a rugby match between Old Belvedere and Blackrock played in heavy rain in Dublin, Ireland.
2nd prize Sports Stories
Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images
Divers practice during the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, 17 July.