Pietro Masturzo wins World Press Photo Contest

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The results of the 53rd annual World Press Photo Contest were announced on Friday during a press conference at Amsterdam City Hall.

The international jury has selected a photo by the Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo as the World Press Photo of the Year 2009. The picture depicts women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran on 24 June.

The winning photograph is part of a story depicting the nights following the contested presidential elections in Iran, when people shouted their dissent from roofs and balconies, after daytime protests in the streets. The story as a whole was awarded first prize in the category People in the News.

Click on the arrows below to view a selection of the winning entries.

  1. World Press Photo of the Year - Pietro Masturzo.
  2. Dutch photographer Robin Utrecht received a special mention in the News category. His photo captures the nightmarish final act of Karst Tates, the man who drove his car at full speed through a crowd of spectators in an attempted attack on the Dutch royal family.
  3. The first prize in the News category went to Swedish photographer Kent Klich for his photo of a Palestinian living room in the Gaza Strip town of Tuzzah.
  4. For the first time ever, the jury gave a special mention to a frame grab from a YouTube video. The image is of a dying Iranian woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, taken shortly after she had been shot in the chest, probably by an Iranian paramilitary. The jury only honours an image of this type if it has played an essential role in news coverage and could not have been made by a professional photographer.

The first exhibition with the award-winning images will be open to the public at the Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein in Amsterdam on Friday, 23 April 2010. This exhibition will be on show until 20 June 2010 and will subsequently travel to some 100 cities in 45 different countries around the world.

During the two-week judging, the jury viewed a record number of photographs with 101,960 images submitted by 5,847 photographers. The photographers represent 128 different nationalities.