The World Press Photo contest is the world’s largest annual news-photography contest by National Geographic magazine. For this contest, held in 2011, an international team of judges was hired. They evaluated 101,254 images from 5,247 individual photographers of 124 nationalities.
Here i am showcasing the winners of World Press contest. Hope you will enjoy these pictures as every picture has a story. Don’t forget to go through the paragraph related to every image.
Photo of the Year
A woman comforts a relative—and seems to bring Michelangelo’s “Pietà” heartrendingly to life—during October protests against Yemen’s then president. The photograph, taken by Samuel Aranda for the New York Times, was named the World Press Photo of the Year for 2011 on Friday.
First Prize: Nature, Singles
In a desperate search for seabird eggs, a polar bear ventures into steep terrain above the North Atlantic at Ostrova Oranskie, Russia, in June 2011. Marooned by melting sea ice, the bear is seen deprived of its usual prey—seals—in Jenny E. Ross’s picture, which was named best single photograph in the “Nature” category.
First Prize: Arts & Entertainment, Stories
Singer Marika Bajur performs in the Russian resort city of Sochi—host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics—in one of a series of images that took top honors in the “Arts & Entertainment” category.
Second Prize: Sports, Singles
Irish photographer Ray McManus was on hand to capture the rugby action as Old Belvedere battled Blackrock in a driving Dublin rain in February 2011.
First Prize: Daily Life, Singles
A portrait of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung appears to be the only thing deemed worthy of electric light in a cluster of Pyongyang buildings pictured in October 2011.
First Prize: Contemporary Issues, Stories
Taken by Stephanie Sinclair on assignment for National Geographic magazine, the picture is part of a series that won the “Contemporary Issues” category.
First Prize: Spot News, Singles
Libyan rebels in Ras Lanuf absorb fierce counterpunches from Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in this March 2011 picture by Russian photographer Yuri Kozyrev.
Second Prize: Nature, Stories
Carsten Peter’s otherworldly image for National Geographic magazine—part of a winning series—depicts divers exploring a massive cave far below Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam.
First Prize: General News, Singles
Egyptians react to President Hosni Mubarak’s February 10, 2011, announcement that he would not immediately resign, despite widespread protests. The next day Mubarak resigned after three decades as Egypt’s leader.
First Prize: People in the News, Stories
Chieko Matsukawa pulls a treasure from the ruins of her Higashimatsushima, Japan, home in April 2011—her daughter’s certificate of graduation. The earthquake and tsunami that rocked her region on March 11, 2011, cost half a million people their homes and more than 15,000 their lives.
First Prize: Nature, Stories
A female rhinoceros (left)—her horn long since stolen by chainsaw-wielding poachers—meets a male in Tugela Private Game Reserve in South Africa in November 2010. Photographer Brent Stirton captured the image, part of a winning series, while on assignment for the March 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Source: National Geographic