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The World Press Photo 2004 Thread

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This years winner



Jean-Marc Bouju

Iraqi man comforts his son at a regroupment center for POWs, Najaf, Iraq, 31 March



Jean-Marc Bouju wins premier award


The international jury of the 47th annual World Press Photo contest has selected as World Press Photo of the Year 2003 a color image of the French photographer Jean-Marc Bouju of The Associated Press. The picture shows a detained Iraqi man comforting his 4-year-old-son at a regroupment center for POWs near Najaf, Iraq. The picture was taken on 31 March 2003.


4,176 professional photographers from 124 countries participated in this year’s World Press Photo contest, the premier annual international competition in press photography. With a total number of 63,093 images, the 2004 contest attracted a record number of entries. The percentage of digital submissions also shows an exceptional increase: 80.7 percent of all images were submitted in digital format (in 2003 this figure was 69%). The judging took place in Amsterdam 1-12 February. The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 61 photographers of 23 nationalities from: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Palestinian Territories, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA.



Other winners and highlights



This picture, taken by Australian photographer Craig Golding, won third prize in the sports action stories category.



Australian photographer Philip Blenkinshop's picture of Hmong guerrillas in Laos won first prize in the people in the news stories category.



Dutch photographer Jan Banning's photo of an Indian bureaucrat won first prize in the portraits stories category.



American photographer Adam Nadel's photo of an amputee soccer team in Sierra Leone won first prize in the sports features singles category.



American photographer Mark Zaleski's picture of a helicopter fighting forest fires in California won first prize in the nature singles category.



Dutch photographer Jerry Lampen took this photo of a woman being comforted by her relatives as the body of her husband is removed from their home in Gaza.



British photographer Nick Danziger snapped George W. Bush and Tony Blair in a mirrorlike image to win first prize in the portrait singles category.



Australian photographer Tim Clayton captured an inverted Yannick Bru in the scrum at the Rugby World Cup in Sydney to win first prize in the sports action singles category.



Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen's photo of Atlantic salmon won first prize in the nature stories category.


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