Captivating Winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest
The winners of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest were recently announced, and this year’s collection of stunning entries showcases an amazing variety of humanity across the globe. Each year, the World Press Photo Foundation collects the most powerful images that summarize some of the global events that dominated the news over the past 12 months. With 82,951 entries submitted by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries the array of imagery is staggering, each photograph a breathtaking example of the ability that photography has to communicate moments of humanity.
Since 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have been forced from their homes in the face of the ongoing war in the country. Roughly half them are children.
Swedish photographer and twice-winner of the World Press Photo awards Magnus Wennman has been photographing Syrian refugees in refugee camps across the Middle East and on journeys across Europe as they flee a conflict that shows no signs of stopping. His photo project Where the Children Sleep captures the suffering that hundreds of thousands of children caught in bloody war have been subjected to. All the captions below are by Wennman.
The Flying Cholitas, Bolivia: Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling), is one of the most popular sports in the country. Women wrestlers are known as cholitas and have in the last ten years become popular in the sport. Carmen Rosa and Yulia la Pacena perform in a benefit show to raise money for the bathrooms of a school in La Paz, Bolivia, June 26, 2010. From The Big Picture: World Press Photo Winners
USA. North Carolina. US Army Spc. Natasha Schuette, 21, was pressured not to report being assaulted by her drill sergeant during basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Though she was hazed by her assailant’s fellow drill instructors, she refused to back down and Staff Sgt. Louis Corral is now serving four years in prison for assaulting her and four other female trainees. The US Army rewarded Natasha for her courage to report her assault and the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention office distributed a training video featuring her story. She is now stationed at Fort Bragg.
Long-Term Projects, first prize winner, stories at the World Press Photo contest. From “Sexual Assault in America’s Military”.