© Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures
2014 Winning image
The 2014 winning image by Mads Nissen 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 is part of 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.
Alongside the award, Mads will also receive €10,000 and a Canon EOS DSLR body and lens kit. The first prize winners in each category will receive a cash prize of €1,500. First, second and third prizes in all categories will also receive yearbooks featuring personalised covers that are printed on our Large Format Printers.
The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting more than 100 cities in over 45 countries. The first 2015 World Press Photo exhibition opens in Amsterdam on 18 April 2015. This year's exhibition displays will be printed on Arizona flatbed printers by Océ, which is part of the Canon Group.
About the World Press Photo of the Year competition
Now in its 58th year, the World Press Photo contest is universally acknowledged as the world’s premier competition for photojournalism. Its accolades are coveted by photographers across the world. This year, 5,692 professional photographers representing 131 nationalities submitted 97,912 images.
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