Winning shot all in a day’s work
ROHAN Kelly, a photographer on The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, has won a major World Press Photo Foundation award for a striking picture of a massive storm front approaching Bondi Beach.
For Kelly, though, it was just another day at the office. After capturing the image, he was off to the next job.
Kelly’s photo took out the Nature section of the awards – one of eight categories in the international competition.
To put this achievement in some per- spective, the eight category winners were selected from 82,951 photos from 5775 photographers from 128 countries.
Captured in November when violent late-spring storms caused havoc in Sydney, Kelly said the image had to be taken quickly as the fast-moving system bore down. “I was at Bondi to shoot a film festival and I saw this storm coming through. I was worried it would ruin the shot,” he said.
“But then I saw these clouds as I was driving away, so I pulled over and had about 15 minutes before it absolutely bucketed down.” “I took a few shots then went off to court for the next job.
“A few people in the office seemed to think it was pretty good, so I entered it. I didn’t know it would be a prize winner.”
The World Press Photo Foundation Photo of the Year was won by Warren Richardson, an Australian- bor n freelance photographer based in Eastern Europe.
His winning image of a man passing a baby through a barbed wire fence at the Hungarian- Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, was taken last August.
Richardson, a self-taught photographer, undertakes long-term projects dealing with human and environmental issues, as well as assignments for newspapers, magazines and companies.
He said the photo “causes you to stop and consider the man’s face, consider the child. You see the sharpness of the barbed wire and the hands reaching out from the darkness.”
Until it won, the photo was unpublished. Richardson said he offered it to two news organisations, neither of which responded.
Judges, however, saw something special in the black-andwhite image.
Vaughn Wallace, deputy photo editor for Al Jazeera America, said the image was “incredibly powerful visually, but also very nuanced”.
Richardson took the photo in moonlight. “Had I used a flash, I would have given their position away to the Hungarian police,” he said.
As he did not take transmission equipment into the field, he did not realise the baby was in the image until he returned home to Budapest and downloaded his work to a computer.
“But at the end of the day, the picture talks for itself,” he said.
Kelly’s winning shot . . . “I didn’t know it would be a prize winner”
Rohan Kelly . . . “a few people at the office thought it was pretty good”
Warren Richardson and his photo of the year . . . “incredibly powerful visually”