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Gaza City Funeral Procession Photo Wins World Press Photo 2012

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The photograph above by Swedish Dagens Nyheter photographer Paul Hansen has been selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2012. It’s a powerful image that shows a funeral procession in Gaza City, with men carrying the bodies of two children while the body of their father trails behind on a stretcher.

The two children were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their mother was sent to intensive care after the blast. Hansen captured the image on November 20, 2012 as a small crowd was carrying the three bodies through a street to a mosque for a burial ceremony.

Peruvian jury member Mayu Mohanna is quoted as saying, “The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.”

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To select the image, a group of 19 photojournalism and documentary professionals were selected as jury members and flown to the World press Photo office in Amsterdam. Over two weeks from February 2 through February 14, the jury members pored over submitted photographs that had no mention of the photographers behind them. The winners were just announced today.

As part of his win, Hansen snags a cash prize of €10,000 (~$13,378) and a Canon DSLR and lens kit.

A total of 103,481 photos from 5,666 photographers in 124 countries were received for the 2012 contest.

You can view a gallery of all the winners over on the World Press Photo website.


Image credit: Photograph by Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/tfizzle Tony Carter

    I could only wish this was a Hollywood set because the lighting is so perfect…what a sad event that’s been captured in such a beautiful way.

  • http://twitter.com/albertzablit Albert Zablit

    The WPP loves that kind of (money) shot.

  • http://twitter.com/danchip Dan Chippendale

    While I find this photo quite moving, I also feel it almost has too much of a post processed feel. Seems like some Photoshopping has been used which gives it a composited feel. It elevates it from reportage to more of an artistic focus. It’s a great image don’t get me wrong, it’s just a bit too slick for my tastes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.monkman.5 Jared Monkman

    I was thinking the same thing. if I hadn’t read the story and only seen the picture, I wouldn’t be surprised to think that it was staged. The lighting is just so perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/syuaip Syuaip

    strong photos..

  • Mansgame

    This is overprocessed to the point that the first thing I notice about it isn’t the tragedy of two dead kids being carried in a bloody low point in Human history, but rather that they need to ease up in Lightroom. Just because you have the bars there doesn’t mean you’re supposed to max them out.

  • http://www.oldworldcreative.com Evan Skuthorpe

    Agreed. Seems too much lightroom clarity work or tone mapping going on. Good subject matter though.

  • priority

    Photoshop or photography?

  • http://twitter.com/intensitystudio Antonio Carrasco

    yeah, I was going to say the same thing.

    It’s a powerful image, definitely and a great shot. But isn’t this level of editing frowned upon in photojournalist circles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.maniago Jonathan Maniago

    Aye. The ingredients are there, but noticeably overcooked.

  • DamianM

    I agree with you on this one.

  • tyrohne

    this wasn’t the kids who were killed by a hamas rocket? nothing like propaganda for a wpp prize….

  • Chris

    Does anybody know for sure that this is processed the way they are claiming it to be? It looks to me like two softboxes: one in the storefront to the left and one coming from overhead right. If I had to guess he knew the procession was coming down this particular street and took the time to set up lighting before they got there. If that’s true, this is an amazing shot.

  • Guest

    Processing or not, this is a much better photo (editorially) than the mundane shot selected as photo of the year (now rescinded) by the National Geographic Society.

  • p-a

    The entire WPP Winners selection seems to be very focused on carnage,war,disfigurations and death.The issues and images that sell well.

    This is sensationalism not journalism.

    And the image above looks like Photoshopography…cheap,overdone, almost like a computer game.

  • kiddo

    crap

  • JohnWV

    Nothing special here. Israel humiliates, incarcerates and kills non-Jews all the time. Non-Jewish children are Non-Jews. American money, technology and UN vetoes make it all possible.

  • tyrohne

    google “staged war photography”. The anti semites from Europe do a good job of faking this stuff to make Israel look bad.

  • independentskeptic

    Troll much?

  • human rights activist

    thats a lie. israel is under arab attack for the last 65 years. most of the inoscent people who got killed in this oparation were killed because hamas was shooting from the middle of populated area on israeli towns. those to kids were killed by a hamas rocket that went wrong.

  • human rights activist

    it’s hamas propaganda. maybe they aren’t even dead

  • Jackson

    No doubt it’s a beautiful image but photojournalism should be recognised as being more than just blood and dead bodies. This is a huge problem in the industry. I was so disappointed when I saw a conflict photographer whose work I really admire comment on a public blog that he thinks war photographers are better than all others simply because of the genre that they shoot…

  • Max

    More photographers making careers of other peoples misery… sickening.

  • http://www.facebook.com/billnanni Bill Nanni

    Lesson: Hamas terrorists, don’t launch missles from civilian areas. where is the picture of hundreds of missles launched into civilian Israeli neighborhoods. biased liberal media, strikes again.

  • wilmark johnatty

    I agree that the image is strong. But why do you say its shopped or edited? Do you think the photographer removed any parts of the photo, or maybe interfered with the levels or saturation? The image seems pretty much what you would capture in that situation. All it looks like is that the image would have been cropped – which is acceptable, the area to the bottom left seems a little too dark which, may be responsible for accenting the bodies of the children (burning), but I still feel any editing would be within acceptable limits.

  • wilmark johnatty

    I agree that the image is strong. But why do you say its shopped or
    edited? Do you think the photographer removed any parts of the photo, or
    maybe interfered with the levels or saturation? The image seems pretty
    much what you would capture in that situation. All it looks like is that
    the image would have been cropped – which is acceptable, the area to
    the bottom left seems a little too dark which, may be responsible for
    accenting the bodies of the children (burning), but I still feel any
    editing would be within acceptable limits. I feel most of the criticism
    in this forum is unwarranted. The lighting may have been adjusted (to
    pull some detail out of shadows/burning) and cropped but to say its
    overcooked and the “lighting looks too perfect” is being excessively
    harsh. Firstly do you realize what modern DSLRs can do now? The picture
    was shot in daylight (albeit in a shadowy alley). Maybe the NG photo
    fiasco is too recent in our memories to judge. Great Photo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/enrico.parenti Enrico Parenti

    The editing took away all the realism from this picture. It reminds me of the movie “300″

  • lexgris

    worldpress (and all the big journalistic contest like that) is very stric about processing the image. Not so long ago petapixel posted an article about a photo disqualifed because of photoshop.

    I really suggest to all of those “fauxtog“ who are stuck on their asses to go to worldpress event and stop making stupid post about those kind of picture. Maybe you’ll understand more after that

  • melissa yang

    one word – EXPLOITATION, those poor people in pain are being used by the photographer as a cheap “artsy” photo

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.lin Daniel Lin

    At first glance, just from the lighting(/processing/overcooking) alone, I wasn’t entirely sure if this was photojournalism or a sample from some ad campaign somewhere.

    If this is truly the trend in the top tiers of photojournalism… we’re doomed.

  • Tacitus

    Doing the work of the terrorist apparat,eh?The children were killed not by the hated Jews,but by a hamas terrorist rocket random;y aimed meant to kill Jews in Israel,but it fell short and killed unfortunate randon Palestinians instead,but a pcture can still be used as anti-Jew propaganda,and the “World Press’ fall for it,and give it an award.

  • cas_e

    I’m curious, which photo are you talking about?

  • kyerthenomad

    It’s a brilliant image and I read a lot of jealous voices in this post. Kudos to the photographer for bravely documenting such a powerful moment.

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    Jews murdering Arabs in COLD BLOOD…….yawnn…….they do it every day….what else is new? Jews are killers and deserve to be snuffed out by the Arab Countries.