Reuters Photos of The Year (2005)

i posted this a while ago...but i'm an image addict. what can i say.
which one is your favorite?

The international jury of the 49th annual World Press Photo contest selected a color image of the Canadian photographer Finbarr O'Reilly of Reuters as World Press Photo of the Year 2005. The picture shows the emaciated fingers of a one-year-old child pressed against the lips of his mother at an emergency feeding clinic in Niger. A devastating swarm of locusts and the worst drought in decades left millions of people short of food in the African state. The picture was taken in Tahoua, northwestern Niger, on 1 August 2005.

World Press Photo jury chairman James Colton described the winning image: "This picture has haunted me ever since I first saw it two weeks ago. It has stayed in my head, even after seeing all the thousands of others during the competition. This image has everything - beauty, horror and despair. It is simple, elegant and moving."

This year 4,448 professional photographers from 122 countries entered 83,044 images in the most prestigious annual international competition in press photography. The judging sessions took place in Amsterdam from 28 January to 9 February and were completely digital.

The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 63 photographers of 25 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, People's Republic of China, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and the USA.

Finbarr O'Reilly, the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2005, will receive his award and a cash prize of 10,000 euro at the awards ceremony in the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, on Sunday 23 April 2006. In addition, Canon will donate O'Reilly a Canon EOS 1D Mark II n camera.

1. Mother and child at emergency feeding center, Tahoua, Niger, 1 August

2. Car bomb explosion, Beirut, Lebanon,
14 February

3. Young girl grieves her parents killed by
US patrol, Tal Afar, Iraq, 18 January

4. London underground bomb attack survivor, London, 7 July

5. Street violence surrounding presidential elections, Togo, 22-27 April

6. Kashmir earthquake aftermath,

7. Hurricane Katrina aftermath, New Orleans,
30 August-5 September

8. Car bomb explosion at Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, 7 May

9. Reburial of Srebrenica massacre victims' bodies, Potocari, Bosnia, 11 July

10. Evacuation of Jewish settlements,
12-18 August

11. Tsunami aftermath,
3-10 January

12. Kashmir earthquake aftermath.

13. Guatemalan youth gangs

14. Diver Chelsea Davis at FINA World Championships, Montreal, 22 July

15. Sidney Maluleke fights with Sello Hawong, Johannesburg, 16 September

16. Sports portfolio: Aaron Peirsol at Santa Clara Grand Prix, California, 26 June

17. Sports portfolio: Maria Sharapova at Australian Open Championships

18. Sahara Marathon

19. Bull fighter, Medellín

20. Boys play football, Kabul, Afghanistan

21. Wheelchair athletes relax after race, Alaska.

22. Boy helps his father to dress, Sierra Leone

23. Malawi Prison

24. Drinking from a polluted well, Gutri, India

25. Journey of an immigrant

26. Diamond industry

27. Breast Cancer

28. North Korean frontier guards

29. Street children, Kinshasa, DR Congo

30. Child labourer in a textile factory, Bangladesh

31. One vodka too many, Chernobyl, Ukraine

32. Romania

33. School for the blind, Liberia

34. Mallam Gahadima Ahamadu with the hyena Jamis, Abuja, Nigeria

35. Mia, drug addict and prostitute

36. Kashmir earthquake survivor, Balakot, Pakistan

37. Chernobyl children Natasha and Vadim

38. World War II veterans

39. US Marines in Iraq

40. Ballet class, Alexandra Township

41. Tsunami victims commemoration ceremony, Thailand

42. At Salvador Dalí exhibition, Philadelphia

43. Dafen oil painting village

44. New York Fashion Week

45. Polar bear, Svalbard

46. Stranded fishing boat after tsunami, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 12 January

47. Fruit bats, Kasanka National Park, Zambia

48. Amazon drought

49. Asian elephant

50. Ballet school, Moldova

:edit: i took out some of the pictures to save time. search for "World Press Photo of the Year 2005" to get the link to all the images. and the latest entries. ALL of them, to me, were striking. They inspire me to be more into photojournalism than anything.


Ms. May said...

Interesting that most of those images are ones of pain, sadness, destruction, degradation, and senseless acts of war. Why is there so much beauty in pain, I wonder?

The one with the little girl grieving in Iraq - someone should send copies of that to the people in the US who still think that war is justified, and who think it's simply just American lives that are being lost. The Iraq war is another Vietnam and George Bush is a bastard for causing so much loss of life and pain because he wanted to prove how big his balls are.

Wale said...

#29 is my favorite.

i wonder too. i think there's a lot of beauty in emotion...in general. pain, suffering, etc., attracts humans the most. for some reason. *shrugs*

Naijadude said...

Ms.May couldnt have asked any better. They are lovely captures, perfect images but it cries out for something.. There's more beneath the facade, there's more beneath the wonderful capture, its cries out for war, destruction, poverty, pain, sorrow.....

I hope we get it together in this world.

Nilla said...

Impressive photos.
Wale, like you i liked #29. But also i liked #41.

Anthony Arojojoye said...

What's with the Malawian prison with people packed together like Sardines?

Na wa o.

Collins said...

Great photos--very inspirational from technique and photojournalistic standpoints.

As for the beauty in pain question...

...I think that in general, there is beauty in honest emotion. The emotions coming out of many of these images are clearly honest and they in turn move us.

Mona said...

wow some fabulous photos...each very moving in one way or the other, ru on shutterchance too?

akin aworan said...

There's a new exhibition going on at the moment in London at the Royal Festival Hall of this year's WPA pics.

Like your pictures, dude.