The European migrant crisis and black-and-white dominated the entries to the news and long term projects, says the World Press Photo chairman Francis Kohn.
“We had a great number of stories, the majority of stories, were on the migrant refugees in Europe,” says Francis Kohn, photo director of Agence France-Presse and chair of the 2016 World Press Photo jury of the prize this year, after judging the general news, spot news and long term project categories. “There is a big gap between these stories and Nepal – a lot on the earthquake in Nepal – I think third would be….attacks in Paris, Charlie Hebdo in January and then in November. The rest [of the stories] are quite spread out.”
Making his comments in a video made by the WPP team, Kohn added he was looking for images that witness an important event, as “this is World Press Photo”, but beyond that “obviously a picture has to be strong, compelling, has to work on so many different levels – being there, witnessing, and then it has to tell me something.”
But, he cautioned, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in monochrome – as the eventual winner, by Warren Richardson, turned out to be. “There was an overwhelming number of black-and-white [images] in the single long term project [category],” he said. “I like black-and-white, it’s great, but I think colour is good too. I don’t think photographers should think it represents an added value because it’s in black-and-white.”