Self-taught Aus­tralian Awarded Photo of the Year Prize


The jury of the 59th an­nual World Press Photo Con­test se­lected an im­age by Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher War­ren Richard­son as the World Press Photo of the Year 2015. The en­tire col­lec­tion was com­prised of 82,951 pho­tos taken by 5,775 pho­tog­ra­phers from 128 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Richard­son, is a self-taught pho­tog­ra­pher who un­der­takes longterm projects deal­ing with hu­man and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, as well as as­sign­ments for news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and com­pa­nies. His pic­ture, which he took us­ing a Canon EOS 5D Mark II cam­era, also won first prize in the Spot News cat­e­gory, shows refugees cross­ing the bor­der from Ser­bia into Hun­gary, near Hor­goš (Ser­bia) and Röszke (Hun­gary). Taken at night on 28 Au­gust 2015, this man and child were part of the move­ment of peo­ple seek­ing to cross into Hun­gary be­fore a se­cure fence on the bor­der was com­pleted.

Richard­son ex­plained how the pic­ture was made: “I camped with the refugees for five days on the bor­der. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the po­lice the whole night. I was "Early on, we looked at this photo and we knew it was an im­por­tant one. It had such power be­cause of its sim­plic­ity, es­pe­cially the sym­bol­ism of the barbed wire. We thought it had al­most ev­ery­thing in there to give a strong vis­ual of what’s hap­pen­ing with the refugees. I think it’s a very clas­si­cal photo, and at the same time it’s time­less." Jury Chairy /Photo Di­rec­tor of AFP.

ex­hausted by the time I took the pic­ture. It was around three o’clock in the morn­ing and you can’t use a flash while the po­lice

Fran­cis Kohn,

are try­ing to find th­ese peo­ple, be­cause I would just give them away. So I had to use the moon­light alone.”

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