A Spanish freelance photographer’s image of a woman in Yemen, holding her wounded son in her arms, has been named the World Press Photo of the Year at the annual awards.
The picture, taken by Samuel Aranda for the New York Times, was among more than 100,000 photographs from the world over that were considered by this year’s judges.
Images of protestors in Cairo’s Tahrir Square celebrating Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, rebels holding out against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami, also received top prizes.
The full gallery can be seen on the World Press Photo website.
Winning images from the World Press Photo 2010 contest will be exhibited at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 3 August until 28 August.
The WPP 10 exhibition is touring the the world and will return to the UK for an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall, London from 12 November until 9 December.
In 2009, Anthony Suau took the top prize in the photography contest for his image of home evictions in Cleveland, Ohio.
See a full list of exhibition dates and locations at this link
Photojournalism body World Press Photo has launched an online archive of more than 10,000 images from 50 years of its annual photography competition.
The archive can be searched by categories, year or alphabetical list of prize winners.
“It includes photos that have become icons, by some of the leading names in the profession. World Press Photo has put them online with the aim of sharing our knowledge, resources and experience with the widest possible network,” says the site.
A great resource and way to see how trends in photojournalism have changed over the last half-century.