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February 2009

The international jury of the 52nd annual World Press Photo Contest have selected a black-and-white image by American photographer Anthony Suau as World Press Photo of the Year 2008. The picture shows an armed officer of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department moving through a home in Cleveland, Ohio, following eviction as a result of mortgage foreclosure. Officers have to ensure that the house is clear of weapons, and that the residents have moved out. The winning photograph, taken in March 2008, is part of a story commissioned by Time magazine. The story as a whole won Second Prize in the Daily Life category of the contest.

Jury chair MaryAnne Golon, former director of photography at Time magazine, said: “The strength of the picture is in its opposites. It’s a double entendre. It looks like a classic conflict photograph, but it is simply the eviction of people from a house following foreclosure. Now war in its classic sense is coming into people’s houses because they can’t pay their mortgages.

Fellow juror, Nigerian photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi, commented: “It is a very ambiguous image. You have to go into it to find out what it is. Then all over the world people will be thinking ‘this is what is happening to all of us’.” Another juror Ayperi Ecer from Reuters, said: “We have something here which visually is both clear and complex…It’s not about issues – 2008 is the year of the end of a dominant economic system. We need a new language, to learn how to illustrate our lives.”

The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 64 photographers of 27 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, El Salvador, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA.

The participants represent 124 different nationalities. Entries by photographers from Asia increased by 14% from last year, photographers from China and India leading the numbers, with 490 (2008: 400) and 208 (2008: 165) participants respectively. European photographers are traditionally strongly represented in the contest. This year there were significant increases in the number of photographers from certain countries, such as Italy with 306 (251) and Poland with 104 (81).

Anthony Suau, the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2008, will receive his award during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday 3 May 2009. The award also carries a cash prize of €10,000. In addition, Canon will donate Anthony Suau a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.

The awards ceremony is preceded by a three-day program of lectures, discussions and screenings of photography. The exhibition of prizewinners will be shown at the Oude Kerk from 4 May to 28 June and will subsequently visit over 100 locations around the world. For a provisional exhibition schedule see:

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

Full list of winners

Anthony Suau, USA, for Time
US Economy in Crisis: Following eviction, Detective Robert Kole must ensure residents have moved out of their home, Cleveland, Ohio, 26 March

1 Chen Qinggang, China, Hangzhou Daily
Rescue troops carry earthquake survivor, Beichuan County, China, 14 May
2 Henk Kruger, South Africa, Cape Argus
Man attempts to cross border from Zimbabwe to South Africa, 21 May
3 Gleb Garanich, Ukraine, Reuters
Georgian man mourns his brother after bombardment, Gori, Georgia, 9 August

1 Walter Astrada, Argentina, Agence France-Presse
Post-election violence in Kenya, January
2 Bo Bor, China, Reuters
Earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, May
3 Wojciech Grzedzinski, Poland, Napo Images for Dziennik
Georgian conflict, August
Honorable mention:
Sebastian D’Souza, India, Mumbai Mirror
Attack inside Chatrapati Shivaji railway terminus, Mumbai, India, 26 November

1 Luiz Vasconcelos, Brazil, Jornal A Crítica/Zuma Press
Woman tries to stop forced eviction of her people, Manaus, Brazil, 10 March
2 Zhao Qing, China, Shenzhen Economic Daily
Sichuan earthquake survivors, Beichuan County, 20 May
3 Kevin Frayer, Canada, The Associated Press
Palestinian protestors take cover from Israeli tear gas, West Bank, 27 May

1 Davide Monteleone, Italy, Contrasto
Abkhazia, September-October
2 Lars Lindqvist, Sweden, for Dagens Nyheter
Armed conflict in Georgia, August
3 Olivier Laban Mattei, France, Agence France-Presse
Myanmar (Burma) cyclone aftermath, May

1 Chiba Yasuyoshi, Japan, Agence France-Presse
Inter-tribal conflict, Western Kenya, 1 March
2 Yannis Kolesidis, Greece, Reuters
Anti-government riot, Athens, 9 December
3 Jean Revillard, Switzerland,
Hachim, migrant from Afghanistan in Patras, Greece

1 Callie Shell, USA, Aurora Photos for Time
Barack Obama presidential campaign, January-October
2 Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Poland, for The New York Times
Georgia conflict, August
3 Philippe Dudouit, Switzerland, Contact Press Images
Tuareg rebels, Mali

1 Paul Mohan, Ireland, Sportsfile
Ireland scores against Greece during under-17 European Championship qualifier,
Athlone, Ireland, 15 March
2 Mark Dadswell, Australia, Getty Images
Usain Bolt wins men’s 200m final at Beijing Olympic Games, 20 August
3 Franck Robichon, France, EPA
Triple jump competitor Alexis Copello at Beijing Olympic Games, 18 August

1 Vincent Laforet, USA, for Newsweek
Divers, Beijing Olympic Games, 23 August
2 Alexander Taran, Russia, Atlant Media
Sambo World Championships, St. Petersburg, 14-16 November
3 Julian Abram Wainwright, Canada, for EPA
Men’s 10m platform divers, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 22-23 August

1 Xiaoling Wu, China, Xinhua News Agency
Judoka Ange Mercie Jean-Baptiste at Olympic Games, Beijing, 11 August
2 Berthold Steinhilber, Germany, Laif for Stern
Mountain bike race, Les Deux Alpes, France, 20 July
3 Tomasz Gudzowaty, Poland, Yours Gallery
Child jockey, Mongolia

1 Zhao Qing, China, China Youth Daily
Olympics on TV in Beijing
2 Howard Schatz, USA
At the Fights: Boxers before and after the bout
3 Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence Vu
Traveling with Michel Platini

1 Mashid Mohadjerin, Belgium, Reporters
Coastguards spot a boat with refugees, off Lampedusa, Italy, 30 July
2 Guillaume Herbaut, France, Oeil Public
Z. (28) former domestic slave, France
3 Veronique de Viguerie, France, Getty Images for Marie Claire
Memorial for victims of violence against women, Guatemala
Honorable mention
Henry Agudelo, Colombia, Periodico El Colombiano
Homeless in Medellin, Medellin, Colombia, 27 October

1 Carlos Cazalis, Mexico, Corbis
Homeless, São Paulo, Brazil
2 Johan Bävman, Sweden, Sydsvenska Dagbladet
Albino in Tanzania
3 Massimo Siragusa, Italy, Contrasto
Messina slums, Sicily, Italy

1 Lissette Lemus, El Salvador, El Diario de Hoy
Petrona Rivas, victim of gang violence, El Salvador, 15 October
2 Mattia Insolera, Italy, Agenzia Grazia Neri for El Periodico
Gay marriage: Papa Will and daughter Stassa dressing up for his wedding, Barcelona
3 Tomasz Wiech, Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza Krakow
Corporate breakfast, Poland
Honorable mention:
Eraldo Perez, Brazil, The Associated Press
People gather around the body of Thiago Franklino Lima at Coque slum, Recife, Brazil

1 Brenda Ann Kenneally, USA, for The New York Times Magazine
Troy, New York
2 Anthony Suau, USA, for Time
US economy in crisis
3 Gen Yamaguchi, Japan, for St. Petersburg Times
Silent Cry: Autism in the family, Tampa, Florida

1 Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, Noor
Rajiha Jihad Jassim with her son Sarhan, Baghdad, Iraq
2 Jerome Bonnet, France, for Libération
Dennis Hopper
3 Sung Nam-Hun, South Korea
Tibetan novice nun

1 Carlo Gianferro, Italy, for Postcart
Roma interiors, Romania
2 Pep Bonet, Spain, Noor
Forced Identity: Transsexual sex workers, Honduras
3 Li Jiejun, China, New Express Daily
Icons of war photography

1 Giulio Di Sturco, Italy, Agenzia Grazia Neri
Backstage at Indian Fashion Week, Delhi
2 Jerome Bonnet, France, for Le Monde 2
Anaïs, student at Paris Opera Ballet School
3 André Vieira, Brazil, Focus Photo und Presse Agentur
Xhunos, fashion stylist, Luanda, Angola

1 Roger Cremers, the Netherlands
Preserving Memory: Visitors at the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, 30 April-4 May
2 Kacper Kowalski, Poland, Kosycarz Foto Press
A day on the beach, Wladyslawowo, Poland, 27 July
3 Jonathan Torgovnik, USA, for Geo
The Amato Opera Theater, New York

1 Carlos F. Gutiérrez, Chile, Patagonia Press for Diario La Tercera
Chaitén volcano erupts, Chile, 2 May
2 Jeremy Lock, USA, US Air Force
Dust tornado hits French army training camp, Djibouti
3 Alexey Bushov, Russia
Leopard hunting, Etosha, Namibia

1 Steve Winter, USA, National Geographic Magazine
Snow Leopards: Out of the Shadows
2 Fu Yongjun, China, Hangzhou City Express
A tree by the West Lake, Hangzhou
3 Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch, Germany, for Stern
Animal eyes

The members of the 2009 jury were:

Chair: MaryAnne Golon, USA, consulting photography editor


  • Akinbode Akinbiyi, Nigeria, photographer, writer and curator
  • Patrick Baz, France/Lebanon, regional photo-manager, the Middle East, Agence France-Presse
  • Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany, photographer Laif
  • Olivier Culmann, France, photographer Tendance Floue
  • Erin Elder, Canada, digital media manager The Globe and Mail
  • Per Folkver, Denmark, photo editor in chief Politiken
  • David Friend, USA, editor of creative development Vanity Fair
  • Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Sweden/Turkey, vice president pictures Reuters
  • Volker Lensch, Germany, head of photo department Stern
  • Ricardo Mazalan, Argentina, photographer The Associated Press
  • Arianna Rinaldo, Italy, photo editor D La Repubblica delle Donne and editor-in-chief OjodePez
  • Sujong Song, South Korea, freelance photo editor


  • Daphné Anglès, France/USA, European picture coordinator The New York Times
  • Stephen Mayes, UK, managing director VII Photo Agency