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. T he World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The organisation is known for holding the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. The premier award carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros. The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting around 100 cities in about 45 countries. The first 2015 World Press Photo exhibition opens in Amsterdam in De Nieuwe Kerk on 18 April 2015. First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles Image: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender 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. Photograph: Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures First Prize Portraits Category, Singles Image: Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other… Read full this story
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