World Press Photo 2010

List of winners 2010

World Press Photo of the Year
2009Pietro Masturzo, Italy

Women in Tehran shout from a rooftop in protest against the regime on 24 June in Tehran. The Iranian presidential elections were held on 12 June and the results, proclaiming victory by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, were strongly contested.

In the weeks following the election, violent protests took place in the streets. At night, when the streets were empty, people went on to the rooftops of their homes to continue shouting their dissent. Their cries of ‘death to the dictator’ and ‘Allah u Akbar (Allah is great)’ echoed through Tehran.

Spot News
1st prize singlesAdam Ferguson, Australia, VII Mentor Program for The New York Times

1st prize storiesWalter Astrada, Argentina, Agence France-Press

Mr. Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar city’s mayor, a 34-year-old former disc jockey and entertainment impresario, has held almost daily rallies along Antananarivo’s main boulevard, lambasting Mr. Ravalomanana as a millionaire dictator more interested in his own business empire than the needs of Madagascar’s impoverished citizenry.
On Jan. 26, at the conclusion of a rally, protesters rampaged through the streets of the capital, setting fire to factories and stores belonging to Mr. Ravalomanana. The president’s television station was also attacked.
On Saturday 7, with thousands attending his latest protest, Mr. Rajoelina announced that Roindefo Monja, a politician from the southwestern city of Tulear, would be the prime minister of his “transitional government”. A first cordon of anti-riot police retreated as the protesters advanced. But suddenly security forces inside the palace opened fire over the protesters killing 28 and wounding 212.
Finally on March 18, Rajoelina became Madagascar’s acting president; a day after the army ended a months-long power struggle and swept him to power. After weeks of unrest more than 100 people in Antananarivo and elsewhere had died including 28 shot down in cold blood by the presidential guard.
2nd prize singles – Mohammed Salem, Palestinian Territories, Reuters
3rd prize singles Julie Jacobson, USA, The Associated Press

The AP distribution of the photo became controversial after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asked the service not to publish the image.
Honorable mentionRobin Utrecht, the Netherlands, ANP

A car plows into a parade that included Queen Beatrix and the royal family on the national Queen’s Day holiday in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn April 30, 2009. Ten people were injured and eight killed in the attack, including the 38-year-old driver, who narrowly missed the open-top bus carrying Queen Beatrix and the royal family.
2nd prize storiesOlivier Laban-Mattei, France, France-Presse

A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi helps evacuate an injured Iranian riot-police officer during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a crushing victory in Iran’s hotly-disputed presidential vote, according to official results that triggered mass opposition protests.

A Iranian riot-police officer sprays tear-gas at a supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi attacking him with a police stick during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009.
3rd prize stories – Mohamed Abed, Palestinian Territories, France-Presse

Palestinian civilians and medics run to safety during an Israeli strike over a UN school in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip early on January 17, 2009. A woman and a child were killed early today in the Israeli strike on the UN-run school in northern Gaza where civilians were sheltering from the fighting, medics and witnesses said.
General News
1st prize singlesKent Klich, Sweden

Civilians may not come under attack in war, it is written in the first lines of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Yet on the 27th of December 2008 Israel attacked Gaza by air and with troops as a military response to rockets fired at Israel from the area. In this conflict, 13 Israelis were killed in and around the twenty-two–day attack, including three by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards Southern Israel.
During the offensive that continued into 2009, codenamed Operation Cast Lead, at least 1400 Palestinians were killed and about 5.000 were wounded. About 900 of the dead were civilians, among them 121 women and 318 children. More than 2,000 homes were totally destroyed and around 20,000 homes were significantly damaged, along with public buildings, hospitals, schools. Two billion dollars worth of destruction resulted. More than 50,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. Israel has continued their two-year-long policy of walling off Gaza, closing all border crossings to the Gaza Strip. This policy extends even after Operation Cast Lead, with the result that Israel has prevented building materials from entering Gaza. Therefore no reconstruction has started nearly a year after, despite the world’s promises of trillions in aid. Thousands of buildings are still in ruins; the landscape is still one of devastation. Life moves haltingly within the rubble.
I arrived in the Gaza Strip the 18 of February this year, just after Israel’s immediate actions of war had ceased and people had begun to try to recreate some kind of everyday existence within the broken wasteland. My task was to document the inside story, the private sphere of the devastation, the ruined homes of families that had been fired upon. The work was accomplished together with fact finders from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights /PCHR.
2nd prize singlesCarlos Villalon, Chile, Redux Pictures
3rd prize singlesRina Castelnuovo, Israel, for The New York Times

Of Ms. Castelnuovo’s picture, Mr. Witty said, “It is an evocative image not easily forgotten.” He noted, “The red arc ominously takes the shape of a sickle.” The picture was taken on Shuhada Street in Hebron. As Ms. Castelnuovo recalled it:
The streets were mostly empty. I stopped to photograph some settlers marking the Jewish holiday of Purim. They were passing around a bottle of wine, toasting the holiday, nothing out of the ordinary. I noticed a Palestinian woman walking along the shut-down stores. A group of settlers were walking in the middle of the street in the opposite direction when one of them took a step towards her. I instinctually raised the camera.
She didn’t scream or stop, she hurried up the street and vanished around the corner. I was left angered and saddened — as if the wine hit me.

1st prize storiesMarco Vernaschi, Italy, for Pulitzer Center

West Africa, a region that has barely begun to heal from a decade of civil wars, is once again under attack. The new threat grows silently, like a cancer, and the international community appears powerless to respond.
An international network led by Latin American drug cartels and the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah has chosen West Africa, among the poorest and more corrupted corners of the world, as the nexus for illegal trade in cocaine, oil, counterfeit medicines, pirated music and human trafficking. International law enforcement officials say the profits fuel terrorist activities worldwide.
The past three years has seen a staggering increase in drug trafficking in particular, making West Africa — and especially the countries of Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Ghana and Guinea — the premier narcotics region of Africa. The consequences are most visible in Guinea Bissau, which saw the double assassination of its president and army chief on the same day in early March and more recently the murder of two leading politicians in the struggle for succession.
The consequences stretch as well to the slums of Bissau, where crack-fueled prostitution is driving a new AIDS epidemic in a region where even basic health care is beyond the reach of many — and where young people turning to the drug trade become the unwitting soldiers of organized crime.
What’s happening in Guinea-Bissau, Africa’s first narco-state, is a red flag of warning for the region — and for the world.
See all reporting by Marco Vernaschi on this topic on the Pulitzer Center site.
2nd prize stories – Farah Abdi Warsameh, Somalia, The Associated Press
3rd prize storiesMeiko Herrmann, Germany

Israel launched a military campaign in the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008, codenamed Operation Cast Lead. The Israeli operation began with an intense bombardment, targeting Hamas bases, state and police institutions. Civilian infrastructure, including mosques, houses, hospitals and schools, were also attacked. Up to 1,417 Palestinians, and 13 Israelis died. More than 4000 homes had been ruined, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless. On January 21, Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip but did not lift the blockade yet. On January 22, i was finally allowed to enter Gaza and these images are my testimony.
People in the News
1st prize singles – Michele Borzoni, Italy, TerraProject
2nd prize singlesDavid Guttenfelder, USA, The Associated Press

3rd prize singles – Justin McManus, Australia, The Age
1st prize storiesPietro Masturzo, Italy

Roofs of Teheran

On june 12, 2009 the Iranian presidential elections were held, and the results were strongly contested by the population. For the first time after the Islamic Revolution, Iranians expressed all their dissent,  organizing huge demonstrations against the regime. But the protest was not limited to demonstrations in public spaces.  Every night at 10:00, citizens gathered on building rooftops to continue their protests, chanting “Allah u Akbar,” (Allah is great).  At times, these chants would be interrupted by other, more indignant, chants of “Marg bar diktator” (Death to the dictator).  During these protests, the dark Tehran nights were haunted by the ghost-like shadows and their eerie voices. Dreams, memories, emotions, and hopes roam around like ghosts on the rooftops of Tehran.

2nd prize stories – Charles Ommanney, UK, Getty Images for Newsweek

Behind the scenes images as President George W. Bush hands over the reins to his successor, President-elect Barack Obama. The 44th president has a daunting task but as the two men share coffee in the Blue Room of the White House before departing for the Capitol you would never know it. There was an air of calm. Both Presidents were ready. The young president elect paused for a moment to take a breath before going out and facing world to be sworn in. The Obama era had begun.
3rd prize stories – David Chancellor, United Kingdom, ShapeShifters
Sports Action
1st prize singlesGareth Copley, United Kingdom, Press Association

2nd prize singles – Pat Murphy, Ireland, Sportsfile
3rd prize singlesDaniel Kfouri, Brazil

1st prize storiesDonald Miralle, Jr., USA

2nd prize storiesCraig GoldingAustralia

3rd prize storiesMagnus Wennman, Sweden, Aftonbladet
Sports Features
1st prize singles – Robert Gauthier, USA, Los Angeles Times Magazine

Yankee fans try to distract Angels left fielder Juan Rivera, Yankee Stadium, 25 October.
2nd prize singlesMark Holtzman, USA, for Sports Illustrated
3rd prize singlesRobert Beck, USA, for Sports Illustrated
1st prize storiesElizabeth Kreutz, USA
2nd prize storiesDenis Rouvre, France

3rd prize stories – Stepan Rudik, Ukraine, for RIA Novosti (Desclassificado)
Contemporary Issues
1st prize singlesPierre-Olivier Deschamps, France, Agence Vu
2nd prize singlesStefano De Luigi, Italy, VII Network for Le Monde Magazine

3rd prize singlesZed Nelson, United Kingdom, INSTITUTE
Honorable mentionGuillermo Arias, Mexico, The Associated Press

1st prize storiesEugene Richards, USA, Reportage by Getty Images for The Sunday Times Magazine/Paris Match
2nd prize storiesAlessandro Imbriaco, Italy, Contrasto
3rd prize storiesTommaso Ausili, Italy, SIME
Honorable mention Ou Zhihang, China
Daily Life
1st prize singlesMichael Wolf, Germany, Laif

2nd prize singlesJoan Bardeletti, France
3rd prize singlesLuca Santese, Italy, Cesuralab
1st prize storiesGihan Tubbeh, Peru
2nd prize storiesMatt McClain, USA, for People
3rd prize storiesSimon RobertsUnited Kingdom
Honorable mentionPieter Ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, Agence Vu
1st prize singlesLaura Pannack, United Kingdom, Lisa Pritchard Agency for The Guardian Weekend magazine
2nd prize singlesPieter Ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, Agence Vu
3rd prize singlesJérôme Bonnet, France, for Libération
1st prize storiesRoderik Henderson, the Netherlands

2nd prize storiesAnnie van Gemert, the Netherlands
3rd prize storiesWilleke Duijvekam, the Netherlands, Unit
Arts and Entertainment
1st prize singlesMalick Sidibé, Mali, for The New York Times Magazine
2nd prize singlesJR, France, Agence Vu

Woman are Heroes – un projet et une exposition de JR

3rd prize singles – Kees van de Veen, the Netherlands, Dagblad van het Noorden

1st prize storiesKitra Cahana, Canada, Fabrica for Colors

2nd prize storiesFrancesco Giusti, Italy

Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes (Society of Entertainers and Elegant People), Congo Brazzaville.
3rd prize storiesKarla Gachet, Ecuador, Aurora Photos
1st prize singles – Joe Petersburger, Hungary, National Geographic Image Collection

2nd prize singlesNick Cobbing, United Kingdom, for Greenpeace International

Arctic Pics Reveal Cold Truth

3rd prize singlesPaolo Patrizi, Italy, Kaze no Tabibito
1st prize storiesPaul Nicklen, Canada, National Geographic

2nd prize storiesPeter Bialobrzeski, Germany, Laif
3rd prize stories – Fang Qianhua, China, Southern Metropolis Daily


The international jury of the 53rd annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a photograph by Italian freelance photographer Pietro Masturzo as the World Press Photo of the Year 2009 from a record total entry of over 101,000 photographs. The picture depicts women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran on 24 June 2009. The winning photograph is part of a story depicting the nights following the contested presidential elections in Iran, when people shouted their dissent from roofs and balconies, after daytime protests in the streets. The story as a whole was awarded first prize in the category People in the News.

The World Press Photo Contest jury chair Ayperi Karabuda Ecer said: “The photo shows the beginning of something, the beginning of a huge story. It adds perspectives to news. It touches you both visually and emotionally, and my heart went out to it immediately.”

Fellow juror Guy Tillim commented: “The difficulty in photographing conflict situations is one of portraying the parallel lives involved, of people going on with their lives. This picture has made a very good attempt at marrying these two elements, in giving the conflict a context – and that is a holy grail of photography. The photographer does it with a very beautiful image of an Iranian landscape, which would be worth looking at in itself. But it also arouses our curiosity about the woman shouting – incorporating this moment, the importance of this historical event. It represents a very honest and successful attempt at taking forward our vocabulary of showing things.”

The jury gave prizes in 10 themed categories to 63 photographers of 23 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mali, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Somalia, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

During the two weeks of judging the jury viewed a record number of photographs with 101,960 images submitted by 5,847 photographers. The photographers represent 128 different nationalities. Entries by photographers from Asia continued to increase steadily, with the majority of entries coming from China with 586 submissions (compared to 2009:490 submissions) and Indonesia with 107 submissions (2009: 77). Africa also had a higher number of entries, with a 7.5% increase. European photographers were well represented, with a significant increase from photographers from Italy with 370 entries (2009: 306) and Russia with 156 entries (2009: 130).

World Press Photo Contest 2009 – full list of winners

Pietro Masturzo, Italy
Women shouting on a rooftop in protest to the presidential election results, Tehran, Iran, 24 June.


  1. Adam Ferguson, Australia, VII Mentor Program for The New York Times
    Afghan woman rushed from the scene of a suicide bombing, Kabul, 15 December.
  2. Mohammed Salem, Palestinian Territories, Reuters
    Smoke rises during Israel’s offensive in Gaza, 8 January.
  3. Julie Jacobson, USA, The Associated Press
    Fatally wounded Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow US Marines, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 14 August.
    Honorable mention:
    Robin Utrecht, the Netherlands, ANP
    Car drives into crowd of onlookers during Queen’s Day celebrations, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 30 April.


  1. Walter Astrada, Argentina, Agence France-Presse
    Bloodbath in Madagascar, February.
  2. Olivier Laban-Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse
    Post-election protests in Tehran, 13-15 June.
  3. Mohamed Abed, Palestinian Territories, Agence France-Presse
    Attack on Gaza Strip, January.


  1. Kent Klich, Sweden
    Gaza photo album: Tuzzah, Gaza Strip, 3 March.
  2. Carlos Villalon, Chile, Redux Pictures
    Medellin’s drug gangs: youngster lies dead in the street, Colombia, 27 September.
  3. Rina Castelnuovo, Israel, for The New York Times
    Jewish settler throws wine at Palestinian woman, Hebron, West Bank, 10 March.


  1. Marco Vernaschi, Italy, for Pulitzer Center
    Guinea Bissau.
  2. Farah Abdi Warsameh, Somalia, The Associated Press
    Stoned to death, Somalia, 13 December.
  3. Meiko Herrmann, Germany
    Gaza, landscape of destruction, January.


  1. Michele Borzoni, Italy, TerraProject
    Riots in Srinagar, Kashmir.
  2. David Guttenfelder, USA, The Associated Press
    US soldiers respond to Taliban fire outside their bunker, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, 11 May.
  3. Justin McManus, Australia, The Age
    Australian bushfires: Jennifer Woods discovers her street reduced to ruins, 8 February.


  1. Pietro Masturzo, Italy
    From the rooftops of Tehran, June.
  2. Charles Ommanney, United Kingdom, Getty Images for Newsweek
    Inauguration Day, Washington DC, 20 January.
  3. David Chancellor, United Kingdom, ShapeShifters
    Villagers discover fallen elephant, Zimbabwe.


  1. Gareth Copley, United Kingdom, Press Association
    England’s Jonathan Trott is run out at the fifth Ashes test match, London, 20 August.
  2. Pat Murphy, Ireland, Sportsfile
    Jockey James Carroll and his horse Lord Time fall at Steeplechase, Co. Kildare, Ireland, 28 April.
  3. Daniel Kfouri, Brazil
    Megaramp, Sao Paulo.


  1. Donald Miralle, Jr., USA
    Ironman World Championships, Hawaii.
  2. Craig Golding, Australia
    World Masters Games, Sydney.
  3. Magnus Wennman, Sweden, Aftonbladet
    Stockholm Mean Machines.


  1. Robert Gauthier, USA, Los Angeles Times Magazine
    Yankee fans try to distract Angels left fielder Juan Rivera, Yankee Stadium, 25 October.
  2. Mark Holtzman, USA, for Sports Illustrated
    US Air Force stealth bomber flies over the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 1 January.
  3. Robert Beck, USA, for Sports Illustrated
    Tiger Woods flips clubs with his caddy Steve Williams, Arizona.


  1. Elizabeth Kreutz, USA
    Lance Armstrong’s comeback.
  2. Denis Rouvre, France
    Senegalese wrestlers.
  3. Stepan Rudik, Ukraine, for RIA Novosti
    Street fighting, Kiev, Ukraine.


  1. Pierre-Olivier Deschamps, France, Agence Vu
    France Residence: Avenue des Champs Elysées, Paris.
  2. Stefano De Luigi, Italy, VII Network for Le Monde Magazine
    Giraffe killed by drought, northeast Kenya, September.
  3. Zed Nelson, United Kingdom, Panos Pictures
    Love Me: Christopher (22) gets his chest waxed in a New York salon.
    Honorable mention:
    Guillermo Arias, Mexico, The Associated Press
    Body of an alleged drug dealer, Tijuana, Mexico, 6 September.


  1. Eugene Richards, USA, Reportage by Getty Images for The Sunday Times
    Magazine/Paris Match
    War Is Personal, USA.
  2. Alessandro Imbriaco, Italy, Contrasto
    Casilino 900 camp, Italy.
  3. Tommaso Ausili, Italy, SIME
    Slaughterhouse, Italy.
    Honorable mention:
    Ou Zhihang, China
    The Moment.


  1. Michael Wolf, Germany, Laif
    Tokyo subway.
  2. Joan Bardeletti, France
    Sunday picnic, Mozambique.
  3. Luca Santese, Italy, Cesuralab
    Maryen, single mother, Detroit.


  1. Gihan Tubbeh, Peru
    Adrian, 13-year old autist.
  2. Matt McClain, USA, for People
    Finding Their Way, Colorado.
  3. Simon Roberts, United Kingdom
    We English: England at Play.
    Honorable mention:
    Pieter Ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, Agence Vu
    Hungry Horse, Montana.


  1. Laura Pannack, United Kingdom, Lisa Pritchard Agency for The Guardian
    Weekend magazine
    Graham, anorexic teenager.
  2. Pieter Ten Hoopen, the Netherlands, Agence Vu
    Katie, Hungry Horse, Montana.
  3. Jérôme Bonnet, France, for Libération
    Monsieur Dendoune, father of the family.


  1. Roderik Henderson, the Netherlands
    In the car.
  2. Annie van Gemert, the Netherlands
    Boys and girls.
  3. Willeke Duijvekam, the Netherlands, Unit
    Eva, transgender teenager.


  1. Malick Sidibé, Mali, for The New York Times Magazine
    Fashion portfolio: Prints and the Revolution, Mali.
  2. JR, France, Agence Vu
    Women are Heroes, Kibera slum, Kenya.
  3. Kees van de Veen, the Netherlands, Dagblad van het Noorden
    Artist Guler Lacht takes portraits of art festival visitors, the Netherlands.


  1. Kitra Cahana, Canada, Fabrica for Colors
    Rainbowland, New Mexico.
  2. Francesco Giusti, Italy
    Société des Ambianceurs et Personnes Élégantes, Congo Brazzaville.
  3. Karla Gachet, Ecuador, Aurora Photos
    Ceci, 20-year old tango dancer, Buenos Aires.


  1. Joe Petersburger, Hungary, National Geographic
    Hunting kingfisher, Hungary.
  2. Nick Cobbing, United Kingdom, Eyevine for Greenpeace International
    Glaciologists paddle down glacier, Greenland.
  3. Paolo Patrizi, Italy, Kaze no Tabibito
    Starling flock, Italy.


  1. Paul Nicklen, Canada, National Geographic
    South Georgia, Antarctica.
  2. Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, Laif
    Urban jungles.
  3. Fang Qianhua, China, Southern Metropolis Daily
    Contaminated oranges, China.

The members of the 2010 jury were:

  • Chair: Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters
  • Members:
    • Harry Borden, UK, photographer
    • Saurabh Das, India, photographer The Associated Press
    • Kate Edwards, UK, picture editor Guardian Weekend Magazine
    • Bill Frakes, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
    • David Griffin, USA, director of photography National Geographic magazine
    • Hideko Kataoka, Japan, director of photography Newsweek, Japan
    • Guy Tillim, South Africa, photographer
    • Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium, photographer
  • Secretaries:
    • Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European picture co-ordinator The New York Times
    • Stephen Mayes, UK, managing director VII Photo Agency

For the 2010 contest specialist juries took part in the initial rounds of judging for the categories of Sports, Nature and Portraits. The members of the specialist juries were:

  • Sports:
    • Bill Frakes, USA, photographer Sports Illustrated
    • Giovanna Calvenzi, Italy, picture editor Sportweek/La Gazetta dello Sport
    • Adam Pretty, Australia, photographer Getty Images
  • Nature:
    • David Griffin, USA, director of photography National Geographic magazine
    • Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo, France
    • Mattias Klum, Sweden, photographer and filmmaker
  • Portraits:
    • Harry Borden, UK, photographer
    • Laurie Kratochvil, USA, photography consultant
    • Charlotte Cotton, UK, creative director National Media Museum, London
  • News & documentary:
    • Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters
    • Volker Lensch, Germany, head of photo department Stern
    • Laura Serani, Italy, freelance curator
    • Marizilda Cruppe, Brazil, photographer O Globo/Eve Photographers
    • Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer Noor


  1. maravilhosa essas fotos! Eu sou uma apaixonada por fotografia. às vezes penso que eu daria uma ótima reporte fotografica.

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