During the 2011 World Press Photo Awards Days, held in Amsterdam on 6 and 7 May 2011, CPN took the chance to conduct filmed interviews with six out of the many Canon photographers who won awards in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest to find out about how they felt about their photographs winning in the prestigious international contest.
The winning photographers who took time out to talk to CPN were Australian photographer Adam Pretty (Getty Images), who took 1st place in the Sports Stories category; Irish photographer Andrew McConnell (Panos Pictures), who came first in two categories – Portraits Stories and Arts and Entertainment Singles; US photographer Benjamin Lowy (Reportage by Getty Images), who won the Nature Stories category; Italian photographer Marco Di Lauro (Reportage by Getty Images), who won Contemporary Singles; Irish photographer Seamus Murphy (VII Photo), who came second in the People in the News Singles category; and Danish photographer Mads Nissen (Berlingske), who came third in the Daily Life Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.
Adam Pretty’s sports portfolio from 2010 secured his prize, whilst Andrew McConnell’s two prizes came courtesy of a series of images called ‘The last Colony’, that depicted the lives of the people of Western Sahara, and a single image of Josephine Mpongo practising the cello in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Benjamin Lowy covered the story of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with a series of close-up shots of ‘Oil on Water’, whilst Marco Di Lauro’s single image of meat and offal for sale for sale in Gadabedji, Niger reflected the food crisis in that country. Seamus Murphy’s well observed portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won him his award, whilst Mads Nissen gained his prize for a series of shots, entitled ‘In the Name of Victoria’, that told the story of how a Danish businesswoman tried to help a young Nepalese child suffering from hydrocephalus (‘water on the brain’).