Bravo to World Press Photo for taking a leadership role in the debate of what levels of image enhancements, adjustments and manipulation are acceptable for photojournalism. As the winners of this years contest were announced the news that 20% of images that made the final round were rejected for “manipulation or careless post-processing” left many people with jaws agape.
Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak of Getty Images has won Photographer of the Year honors in the Reportage Division of the 72nd annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, which is currently underway at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Paul Hansen of Sweden and Daniel Rodrigues of Portugal were the first and second runners up, respectively.
One can’t help speculate whether this apparent tendency to a move from spot news photos to more feature-like images might be connected to the fact that cell phones and modern photo equipment makes everyone a news photographer these days
Judging POYi is such a unique experience that I wanted to share some thoughts and insights with you.
You can talk about a photo in terms of what you believe it generally reflects or you can be more rigorous and address its content and nuances in a more specific way. In this case – and to the credit of the World Press Photo of the Year – a more careful reading of the picture reveals Mad Nissen’s photograph, “Jon and Alex,” as that much more powerful a choice.
Boring. Blaaaaah. That is the first word that comes to mind when looking at the winner of the World Press Award, circa 2015. Don’t get me wrong, this year’s committee, led by Michele McNally, probably the best photo editor of our generation, was full of talent. But it was just that, a committee. And time and time again, we have learned that nothing of quality comes out of a committee’s decision.
Given that the detection of manipulation in 2014 and 2015 occurred in different rounds, it’s impossible to tell whether there has been an aggregate increase, but a few key issues remain:
I think most would agree that “material addition or subtraction” from a still frame is a blatant affront to viewers and to the truth. We should all be alarmed that twenty percent of final-round images had some element of outright fabrication
“You know, for years, you go on assignments, on missions. You are away for weeks, months. Sometimes you have no shower, no sleep, no food. Sometimes you risk your life. It’s good to know that someone recognises that, recognises the work.”
For the second year in a row, World Press Photo’s judges gave their top prize to an image from the contemporary issues category, bypassing news images from the conflict in Ukraine, the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and protests in Turkey.
“You don’t have to go to Africa or Ukraine to take a great photo”
“We were looking for an image that would matter tomorrow, not just today,” Pamela Chen, a member of this year’s World Press Photo jury and the editorial director of Instagram, said in a statement.
World Press Photo, the premiere photojournalism competition, has recognized Agence France-Presse Bulent Kilic as one of the best wire photographers of the year
A large number of entries were found to have been manipulated or post-processed carelessly
Danish photographer Mads Nissen of the daily newspaper Politiken has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 prize for an image of a gay couple during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia
View the entire collection of winning images from the 58th World Press Photo Contest. The winners were selected from more than 95,000 images submitted to the contest.
Runners up for the award were second place winner Al Bello of Getty Images and third place winner Patrick Smith.
The White House News Photographers Association announced that Getty Images photographer Win McNamee has been named Photographer of the Year and Agence France-Presse photographer Brendan Smialowski of Agence France-Presse has won the Political Photo of the Year award in the 2015 Eyes of History contest judging at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC
Winners so far include Bulent Kilic, who won first place in the Spot News category for his dramatic photograph of an air strike against ISIS militants near the Turkish border; and Alexey Furman, first place winner in the Portrait category for his photograph of a woman who survived the shelling of her home in eastern Ukraine
Julie Jones is the recipient of the Joseph Costa Award, Melissa Lyttle is the winner of the Clifton C. Edom Award, Mickey H. Osterreicher is this year’s winner of the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award, and John S. Hyjek is the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year. And Michael Laughlin and Mark Wetzel will be presented with NPPA’s Humanitarian Award.
NPPA’s highest annual honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, was announced in January during a memorial service for Washington Post staff photojournalist Michel du Cille, 58, who collapsed and died December 11 in rural Liberia while covering the Ebola crisis