Warren Richardson (*1968) has been announced as the overall winner of this year's contest, chosen for his dramatic black and white image Hope for a New Life. The World Press Photo 2016 shows a baby being passed through a barbed-wire fence on the Hungarian-Serbian border.
The Australian photojournalist had spent six months documenting the situation along Europe's refugee routes. On the night before 28 August 2015, around 200 Syrians attempted to get from Horgoš (Serbia) to Röszke (Hungary). During a cat-and-mouse game with the police that extended over hours, the group found refuge on an apple-farm, finally daring to advance to the border. This is where Richardson captured his timelessly symbolic image, which has now been honoured with the 10,000 euro award.
Corentin Fohlen achieved second place in the category 'Spot News'. The French photographer, whose images on Chad and the Congo will be featured in the upcoming M Magazine No. 4, impressed the jury with his picture of the major demonstration against terrorism in Paris following the attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a supermarket for kosher goods in early 2015.
Leica photographer Sebastián Liste occupies third place in the category 'Daily Life' with his portrait of the Favela Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro. Another third-place ranking was awarded to Christian Ziegler in the category 'Nature'. His picture Chameleon Under Pressure was taken in Madagascar whilst on commission for the National Geographic.
Around 83,000 photographs were entered for this year's competition, submitted by a total of 5775 photographers from 128 countries. The World Press Photo Award ranks among the most prestigious honours in the field of photojournalism. For the 2016 edition, the competition was divided into nine categories. Following the awards ceremony in Amsterdam in April 2016, the winning images will be shown in a touring exhibition across 43 countries.
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