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