World Press Photo Awards 2005
February 10, 2006 6:15 AM   Subscribe

World Press Photo Awards 2005. See the Gallery of winning shots here.
posted by biffa (17 comments total)
Geez, I guess nothing good happened last year, according to the winners.
posted by a47danger at 6:23 AM on February 10, 2006

a47danger, I'd say that perusing the winners, not much of anything at all happened last year.

Our mission is to encourage high professional standards in photojournalism and to promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information.

Yeah, but your photo awards appear to be based on the the quality of the photography and obviously not the information content. For chrisssake they have separate award for "sports action" and "sports features." As if sports and entertainment need any more encouragement.

Great photographers? You bet. Great photojournalists? Hardly.
posted by three blind mice at 6:31 AM on February 10, 2006

It seems a bit odd to me that the picture that's apparently the best photo of the year is only the second best photo of people in the news of the year.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:33 AM on February 10, 2006

Grarup is the usual master, and this would make Walker Evans proud. I love the creepiness of this shot, and this is heartbreaking.

and this is, well,

posted by matteo at 6:53 AM on February 10, 2006

Great photos... I saw the same thing that jacquilynne did though.

And you can't tell me that this photo isn't great photojournalism. It tells the story perfectly! "Diver hits head on diving board, hurts head".
posted by antifuse at 6:55 AM on February 10, 2006

The winner of the portrait section is great though. More from the Hyena people of Nigera at Pieter Hugos website
posted by zeoslap at 7:02 AM on February 10, 2006

three blind mice ,
You're fucking kidding me, right?
posted by TheGoldenOne at 7:15 AM on February 10, 2006

Amazing. This will be burned into my head forever. I am, quite literally, emotionally overwhelmed by that photo.
posted by JeffK at 7:44 AM on February 10, 2006

Wow, JeffK. I wonder if there's a backstory available for that one. Why were the parents killed? Accident? Were they insurgents?
posted by crawl at 7:50 AM on February 10, 2006

The one with the casket coming off the plane was really arresting. The look on everyone's faces does it.
posted by mathowie at 8:13 AM on February 10, 2006

a47danger, that's not true. Didn't you see the winner in sports?

. . . OK, it's not exactly a good thing, but it did make me laugh.
posted by Anonymous at 8:14 AM on February 10, 2006

I like "One vodka too many" too.
posted by Anonymous at 8:19 AM on February 10, 2006

Bye bye Amazon
posted by stbalbach at 8:23 AM on February 10, 2006

Crawl - JeffK:
Backstory on that photo here.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:49 AM on February 10, 2006

1. Family drives car toward military checkpoint.
2. U.S. soldiers at checkpoint fire weapons at car.
3. U.S. soldiers discover newly-orphaned kids in backseat.
4. U.S. soldiers rush kids to hospital.
5. U.S. military officials: "The statement also said that military officials extended their condolences for this "unfortunate incident" and were investigating."
6. Investigation results still pending. Will probably pend for quite some time.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:54 AM on February 10, 2006

Nifty photos.
posted by Smedleyman at 11:34 AM on February 10, 2006

Baby_Balrog: You forgot 2A: Driver fails to stop car despite hand signals and gunfire from heavily armed, evidently jumpy U.S. soldiers at checkpoint ahead.

Not that it makes it any less horrible, but still.
posted by gottabefunky at 12:43 PM on February 10, 2006

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