A shortlist of six images have been announced for this year’s World Press Photo of the Year, and three photographers shortlisted for a new award that celebrates visual storytelling – the World Press Story of the Year.
The six images shortlisted for World Press Photo of the Year are: Victims of an Alleged Gas Attack Receive Treatment in Eastern Ghouta by Mohammed Badra (Syria); Almajiri Boy by Marco Gualazzini (Italy); Being Pregnant After FARC Child-Bearing Ban by Catalina Martin-Chico (France/Spain); Covering the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi by Chris McGrath (Australia); Crying Girl on the Border by John Moore (United States); and Akashinga – the Brave Ones by Brent Stirton (South Africa).
The three nominees for the World Press Story of the Year are Marco Gualazzini (Italy), Pieter Ten Hoopen (Netherlands/Sweden), and Lorenzo Tugnoli (Italy) – making Gualazzini the first photographer to have been nominated for both the World Press Photo of the Year and the World Press Story of the Year.
Seattle-based Corbis, owned by Mircosoft-founder Gates, announced on Friday it has sold its image division to Beijing-based Chinese consortium Visual China Group (VCG) for an undisclosed amount. A wing Unity Glory will own Corbis’ images and motion archives. In a co-ordinated statement, the New York-based Getty announced it had struck an exclusive deal with VCG to license all of Corbis’ images anywhere in the world except China. Corbis was privately owned by Gates, who founded under the name Interactive Home Systems. First established in 1989, the company was born out of Gates’ belief consumers would decorate their homes with a revolving display of images mounted on digital displays. At the onset of the internet, and in some respects as a precursor to ‘the internet of things,’ Gates envisioned Corbis would deliver great art works, from across history, at a high digital level into consumers’ living rooms. That vision has not borne out, and Bloomberg News reported Corbis had been forced to cut about 15 percent of its staff in November 2015. Corbis will continue to exist under its Corbis Entertainment division, which works on product placement …