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    Posted: 12 April 2019 at 04:48
The jury has decided - what do you think about the winner?

world press photo winners 2019
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Hmm ... this a a very consistent choice if you look at the winner photos of the years before (I had a look at the ten winner photos of the 1990s, as a kind of random sampling). Usually one person (or a small group of people) in a situation of distress is singled out to let the viewer spontaneously have an emotion - mostly a feeling of compassion.

The images do not work without some background knowledge (you need to have at least the title, like "Rwandan Genocide", to get some orientation). Without that knowledge they are quite arbitrary, I would even say: pathetic.

I must say that this makes me rather angry. By limiting the view on a single person (or a small group) the larger context - whatever crisis, disaster, war etc. - is more or less ignored or even hidden. That's typical for press photos that have to be spectacular for a moment but don't have any sustainable effects. Their criticism to me appears to be very much superficial.

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No need to be sorry Harald. I agree fully with you.
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I also fully agree with Harald. Over recent years this award has gone to what seems to be the most confronting and distressing imagery from around the world. Obviously things that need to be brought to light and to the consciousness of the wider public as bold reportage, but whether they should be awarded this prize??
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I fully agree, Harald.
The photo means practically nothing without context.
I visit the yearly exhibition and see that every year.
The exhibit shows great shots in other categories (i.e. photographically great).
I know and understand the situation this shot was taken in.
But what if the caption would be 'missing girl found by police'
Would it have been chosen?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 April 2019 at 08:32
The reason I posted this is because the picture is simply not good enough imho. I do not mind the emphasis on the individual, as long as the picture is good enough. This picture is not an interesting picture, the only going for it is, is a crying child. It also is not a picture that defines the news of 2019.

I thought the 2018 winning picture was outstanding, this, no.


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This is part of it: "But what if the caption would be 'missing girl found by police' " - it wouldn't. Also, if it read "mother of child arrested". The picture tells nothing about the story, you cannot even see that the person padding down the mother is an border control officer. It is not a good photo in any sense.

Edited by addy landzaat - 13 April 2019 at 08:36
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