Forty-two photographers are sharing the limelight at the World Press Photo awards.
While only five photographers will compete for the top title of World Press Photo of the Year, the others will share the limelight at an April ceremony in Amsterdam. Here is a selection of the best photographs shortlisted.
The focus of the assignment was ritual. But ritualism on the water for these stoic men is not easily seen. It’s subtle. I found tidbits here and there.—a pirate tattoo that one man would add to on trips back to land, a man who would smoke a joint every time he docked and one fisherman who told me he’d rather die than not fish. “It’s like therapy,” he said. “It’s better than sex.” After those words of wisdom, I knew I had found something special. Photography, I thought, is the perfect medium to capture this subtle ritualistic nature of fishing.
“Fishing comes a lot easier to me than photography,” Mr. Arnold said. “The mental stress of trying to be creative all the time is pretty taxing. Fishing is massive physical stress. But being a captain, running a boat and making it all work — it just comes to me instantly.”