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February 2010

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).

Jury names a 'Special Mention'

Following the judging of the contest, the jury decided to name a 'Special Mention', recognising a frame grab from a video posted on YouTube in June 2009 during the post-election uprising in Iran. It depicts a woman identified as Neda Agha-Soltan lying on the ground after being shot in the chest. The jury considers an image for a Special Mention when it has played an essential role in the news reporting of the year worldwide and could not have been made by a professional photographer.

Jury member David Griffin of National Geographic commented: "I am pleased that World Press Photo has provided an avenue for non-professional images that have a significant impact on the historical visual record."

Pietro Masturzo, the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2009, will receive his award during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on 2 May 2010. The award also carries a cash prize of €10,000 and key World Press Photo sponsor Canon will donate a Canon EOS DSLR camera and lens kit to Pietro Masturzo.

The awards ceremony will be preceded by a two-day programme of lectures, discussions and screenings of the winning photography from the 2009 contest. The exhibition of prize-winning photography will be shown at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, from 23 April to 20 June 2010 and will subsequently visit over 100 locations around the world. For a provisional exhibition schedule visit:

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.

© Charles Ommanney, United Kingdom, Getty Images for Newsweek

Inauguration Day, Washington DC, 20 January.

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