Canon Australia has announced that two Australian photographers, Daniel Berhulak and Chris McGrath, both with Getty Images, have taken out placings in the 56th World Press Photo contest.
Canon will be featuring the works of the two Australian winners together with all other winning images at a free exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney from June 29 – July 26.
‘Images are more than just a record of moments in time; they tell compelling stories and create powerful human connections,’ said Jason McLean, director, Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia.
‘The World Press Photo Exhibition represents some of the most powerful and emotive stories of 2012 told through the eyes of the world’s best photojournalists, and we are proud to bring these to broader attention through this highly anticipated event.’
The international jury selected Daniel Berehulak for third prize in the General News Stories category for ‘Japan After the Wave’. The image taken on March 7, 2012 in Rikuzentakata, Japan, depicts pine trees uprooted during the tsunami strewn over the beach. One year later, areas of Japan most impacted by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 15,848 dead and 3305 missing, continue to struggle. Thousands of people remain living in temporary dwellings. The government still faces an uphill battle with the need to dispose of rubble as it works to rebuild economies and livelihoods.
Chris McGrath was also awarded third prize in the Sports Action category for his collection London 2012 – An Overview, which provides a bird’s eye view of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
The jury selected a picture by Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter as the World Press Photo of the Year 2012. The picture shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City on November 20, 2012. They are being taken to a mosque for the burial ceremony while their father’s body is carried behind on a stretcher. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their mother was put in intensive care.
The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories to 54 photographers.