Sometimes the innocence of a child’s face can say more about a country’s struggle than countless graphic images of blood and destruction. A haunting photograph of five-year-old Maha, whose family were forced to flee ISIS, does just that. The image, taken by Magnus Wennman, quietly reveals the suffering felt by so many Iraqis at the hands of terrorism and is the winner in the World Press Photo’s People Singles category.
The quiet beauty of Robin Hammond’s portrait of Helen, a woman living in a developing country with a mental illness, took second prize in same category. Michael Vince Kim’s vignette of ethnic Koreans born in Mexico and Cuba as a result of migration won first prize in the People Stories category, while Antonio Gibotta took second prize for his lively portrayal of Spanish traditions.
The winning photographs were selected from among 80,408 images submitted by 5,034 photographers from 125 different countries. In the end, 45 photographers from 25 countries made up the winning list. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Amsterdam on April 22.
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