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Jury unveils winners across eight categories in 58th World Press Photo

  • Ebola Virus for National Geographic Magazine. Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped in Hastings, Sierra Leone, on Sunday, 23 November 2014. In a state of confusion, he emerged from the isolation ward and attempted to escape over the back wall of the complex before collapsing in a convulsive state. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. The man pictured here died shortly after this picture was taken. © Pete Muller / Prime for National Geographic

    Ebola Virus for National Geographic Magazine. Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped in Hastings, Sierra Leone, on Sunday, 23 November 2014. In a state of confusion, he emerged from the isolation ward and attempted to escape over the back wall of the complex before collapsing in a convulsive state. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. The man pictured here died shortly after this picture was taken. © Pete Muller / Prime for National Geographic

  • Third Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Stories: Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine. El Dorado County, California. Students in a schoolyard. Story: Several thousand people have been killed by covert US drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the US looking for similar situations as mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the US-Mexico border. © Tomas van Houtryve

    Third Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Stories: Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine. El Dorado County, California. Students in a schoolyard. Story: Several thousand people have been killed by covert US drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the US looking for similar situations as mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the US-Mexico border. © Tomas van Houtryve

The 2015 World Press Photo jury announces its list of winners after an intense period of judging at the contest's headquarters in Amsterdam

Press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from around the world submitted just shy of 98,000 entries to this year’s World Press Photo contest. The jury awarded prizes to 42 photographers in eight themed categories.

Danish photographer Mads Nissen was named winner of the 2015 contest. He won with his image of a gay couple – Jon and Alex – in St Petersburg, Russia. It is both an intimate image, depicting a moment of tenderness between two lovers, and a photograph that tells a wider story about the increasing difficulties for lesbian and gay people in Russia, where sexual minorities face discrimination and harassment.

“It is a historic time for the image,” says jury chair, Michele McNally, in a press statement. “The winning image needs to be aesthetic, to have impact, and to have the potential to become iconic. This photo is aesthetically powerful, and it has humanity.”

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Nissen’s winning image, which also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category, is part of a larger project, Homophobia in Russia, which he shot for Scanpix photography agency.

“I was hoping for a picture that was open and multilayered, not only about a single event, but a global issue,” says World Press Photo jury member Alessia Glaviano.

“The winning image demonstrates what a professional photographer can do in a daily life situation, setting a professional standard for storytelling in life,” adds Pamela Chen, another member of the jury.

Elsewhere, Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic won the Spot News Singles category with an image for Agence France-Presse of a girl wounded during clashes between riot police and protestors in Istanbul on 12 March 2014.

Magnum photographer Jérôme Sessini took first place in the Spot News Stories category for his image shot for Time magazine taken after the MH 17 flight disaster in Ukraine in July last year [2014.]

Sergei Ilnitsky, from Russia, won the General News Singles category with his image taken after a mortar attack in Donetsk, Ukraine, on 26 August 2014.

The winner of the General News Stories category is American photographer Pete Muller, for his image shot for National Geographic and The Washington Post, titled The Viral Insurgent: Ebola in Sierra Leone.

British Journal of Photography will be posting stories throughout the day. In the meantime, you can read about all the winners here.

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2015-04-17T14:14:25+00:00

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