|| World Press Photo
Winners for 2006
US photographer Spencer Platt made the winning photograph
for the World Press Photo of the Year 2006. The photo could not have been
staged better — it is so absolutely real and surreal at the same
time. These are our times, like it or not.
The picture shows a group of young Lebanese driving through a South Beirut
neighborhood devastated by Israeli bombings. The picture was taken on
15 August 2006, the first day of the
ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah when thousands of Lebanese started
returning to their homes.
There are lots of other stunners that hold you while you hold your breath.
World Press Photo jury chair Michele McNally describes the winning image:
“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.”
This year 4,460 professional photographers from 124 countries entered
78,083 images in the most prestigious annual international competition
in press photography. The judging sessions took place in Amsterdam from
27 January to 8 February. 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
The annual exhibition of these photos will visit over 85 locations around
the world. For a provisional exhibition schedule see: www.worldpressphoto.nl.
The site also shows a lot more photos from each photographer — definitely
worth some time.
For a look at previous year's winning photos, see all the World Press
Photo Winners for 2005 and 2004
here in Lens Culture. Also just absolutely great.