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World Press Photo @ Galleria Sozzani, Milano

Jonathan Jacques Louis, 21, and Alexander Semyonov, 25.

Mads Nissen, Danimarca, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. World Press Photo of the Year 2014 – First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles

Again this year the amazing photos from the World Press Photo Contest, one of the most important prizes for photojournalism, are on show at Carla Sozzani Gallery.

The pictures are displayed following the 8 themed categories (General News, Spot News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Nature, Sports, Long-Term Projects) and shows works from 41 photographers of 17 nationalities (Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Denmark, Eritrea, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA).

Every year since 1955, an independent jury of experts, chosen among renewed international personalities, is called to express itself on thousands photos that are submitted to World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam by photojournalists, agencies, magazines and newspapers. It is a unique occasion to review and discover the most beautiful and significant images that have documented and illustrated facts and events on international magazines and newspapers.

The exhibition travels worldwide to important museums and galleries; the only condition to be respected is to show every photo of the show without any form of censorship.


The jury of the 58th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen as the World Press Photo of the Year 2014. The picture shows Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups. The winning picture belongs to a larger project by Nissen called “Homophobia in Russia” which was shot for Scanpix. The photo also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category.

Take a look at some of the awarded pictures below but make sure to stop by the gallery to see the entire exhibition and discover the stories behind each one of them.

Damaged goods lie in a damaged kitchen in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 26 August 2014. Residential areas in several districts of Donetsk, including the central part of the city, suffered from artillery fire, three people was killed and 10 wounded, the press centre of Donetsk city Council reported.

Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency. First Prize General News Category, Singles

// Quest’anno, ancora una volta, le incredibili fotografie premiate dal World Press Photo Contest, uno dei più significativi riconoscimenti nell’ambito del Fotogiornalismo, sono in mostra alla Galleria Carla Sozzani.

Le immagini sono esposte raggruppate seguendo le otto categorie tematiche (sport news, notizie generali, storie d’attualità, vita quotidiana, ritratti, natura, sport e progetti a lungo termine) e illustrano il lavoro di 41 fotografi di 17 nazionalità diverse (Australia, Bangladesh, Belgio, Cina, Danimarca, Eritrea, Francia, Germania, Gran Bretagna, Iran, Irlanda, Italia, Polonia, Russia, Svezia, Turchia, e USA).

Dal 1955 una giuria di esperti, scelti tra i personaggi più accreditati della fotografia internazionale, si riunisce per valutare le immagini inviate alla World Press Photo Foundation di Amsterdam: migliaia di scatti provenienti da ogni parte del mondo, proposti da fotogiornalisti, agenzie, quotidiani e riviste. Si tratta di un’occasione unica per vedere raccolte le immagini più belle e rappresentative che hanno accompagnato, documentato e illustrato gli avvenimenti di questo ultimo anno sui giornali di tutto il mondo.

Tutte le foto vincitrici sono presentate in un tour mondiale, con l’unico vincolo che tutte le immagini selezionate vengano esposte senza alcuna censura.


La giuria del 58° World Press ha scelto un’immagine del fotografo danese Mads Nissen, come “Foto dell’anno 2014”. Nissen è un fotografo del quotidiano svedese Politiken ed è rappresentato da Panos Pictures. La foto premiata mostra Jon e Alex, una coppia gay, in un momento di intimità a San Pietroburgo (Russia). Le condizioni di vita per lesbiche, gay bisessuali e transgender (LGBT) è diventata sensibilmente più difficile in Russia.

Le minoranze sessuali affrontano una profonda discriminazione sociale e legale, molestie e persino violenti attacchi di fanatici religiosi o nazionalisti. La foto vincitrice fa parte di un più ampio progetto di Nissen “L’omofobia in Russia” che è stato scattato per Scanpix. Questa foto ha vinto anche il primo premio per la categoria “vita contemporanea”.

Di seguito alcune delle foto vincitrici ma non perdete l’occasione di visitare la mostra di persona e di scoprire le storie che si celano dietro ognuno di questi scatti.

Baroncea, Moldavien. Tvillingarna Igor och Arthur firar sin nionde födesledag med att bjuda klasskompisar på lite choklad.

Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF. Second Prize Daily Life Category, Singles

Students are seen in a schoolyard in El Dorado County, California. In 2006, a drone strike on a religious school in the village of Chenegai reportedly killed up to 69 Pakistani children.

Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine. Third Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Stories

11_Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale, USA, National Geographic. Second Prize Nature Category, Singles

12_Darcy Padilla

Darcy Padilla ‘Family Love 1993-2014’, USA, Agence Vu. First Prize Long-Term Projects

Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center work escort a man in the throes Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped in Hastings, Sierra Leone on Sunday, November 23, 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 metal 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)

Pete Muller, USA,National Geographic / The Washington. First Prize General News Category, Stories

Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School.  Moree, New South Wales.

Raphaela Rosella, Australia, Oculi. First Prize Portraits Category, Singles

06_Ronghui Chen

Ronghui Chen, China, City Express Yiwu. Second Prize Contemporary Issues Category, Singles

Cadet in the  Koninklijke Militaire Academie (The Royal Military Academy ) located in  Breda, The Netherlands.

Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence Vu Breda, The Netherlands. Third Prize Portraits Category, Stories

Operation Mare Nostrum. Shipwrecked aboard a boat are rescued 20 miles north from Libya by the frigate FREMM Bergamini of the Italian Navy

Massimo Sestini, Italy. Second Prize General News Category, Single

A young girl is pictured after she was  wounded during clashes between riot-police and prostestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul on March 12, 2014. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors in the capital Ankara, while in Istbanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for the burial of Berkin Elvan. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

Bulent Kilic, Turchia, Agence France-Presse. First Prize Spot News Category, Singles

19_Yongzhi Chu

Yonghi Chju, China. First Prize Nature Category, Singles

World Press Photo 2015 // Photography and Journalism

May 1 – June 2, 2015
Galleria Carla Sozzani
Corso Como 10
20154 Milano
T: +39 02 65 35 31

Everyday 10.30 am – 7.30 pm
Wed // Thu 10.30 am – 9 pm

For further infos please refer to the gallery website.

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