This year the winning image of the World Press Photo of the Year Award is different from the past. Yes, it is about war, but rather than just showing a tragic scene of human suffering it conveys the contradiction and stupidity of war conflicts. The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah achieved nothing and will not stop the progress of the Lebanese society nor will bring peace to the Middle East and Israel. Kudos to the jury of the World Press Photo (see the names of the jury members bellow). You will find other winning images here.
Description of the Image: Affluent Lebanese drive down the street to look at a destroyed neighborhood August 15, 2006 in southern Beirut, Lebanon. As the United Nations brokered cease fire between Israel and Hezbollah enters its first day, thousands of Lebanese returned to their homes and villages.
“It’s a picture you can keep looking at. It has the complexity and contradiction of real life, amidst chaos. This photograph makes you look beyond the obvious.”- World Press Photo jury chair Michele McNally
Like each year the images will tour the world. See sites and dates here.
Spencer Platt is a contributor to The Digital Journalist. If you have time to read more these are two interesting articles by Spencer with examples of his work: “A Pair of Eyes“, “Media Boot Camp“, “Bolivia“, “Bunia:Congo” and “State Funeral“.
World Press Photo says that this year 4,460 professional photographers from 124 countries entered 78,083 images in their annual contest. The judging took place in Amsterdam from January 27 to February 8. The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 58 photographers of 23 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestinian Territories, People’s Republic of China, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Platt will receive his award and a cash prize of 10,000 Euros at a ceremony in Amsterdam on April 22, 2007. In addition, Canon will donate a Canon professional SLR camera to the winner. The awards program is preceded by a three-day program of lectures, discussions, and screenings of photography. Three exhibitions will be shown at the ceremony: the annual World Press award-winning pictures; a special selection of Platt’s work; and a theme exhibition about climate change in Africa, documented by African photojournalists.
The 2007 jury:
Michele McNally (USA), assistant managing editor The New York Times
Peter Bialobrzeski (Germany), photographer Laif Photos & Reportagen
Philip Blenkinsop (Australia), photographer Agence Vu
Ruth Eichhorn (Germany), director of photography Geo
Adrian Evans (UK), director Panos Pictures
Maya Goded (Mexico), photographer Magnum Photos
Diego Goldberg (Argentina), photographer
Wen Huang (People’s Republic of China), picture editor Xinhua News Agency
Alexander Joe (Zimbabwe), photographer Agence France-Presse
Jerry Lampen (the Netherlands), photographer Reuters
Jean-François Leroy (France), director Visa pour l’Image
Maria Mann (USA), photography consultant
Stephen Mayes (UK), director image archive Art + Commerce Anthology