World Press Photo has announced the results of its annual photo contest, which had 82,951 photographs submitted by 5,775 photographers from 128 countries. The winning photographs will be featured in a touring exhibition that will stop at about 100 cities in 45 countries, starting at De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, on April 16. This year the exhibition will visit the Canadian cities of Ottawa (July 22-August 17) and Montreal (August 28-October 1).
The World Press Photo of the Year (above) was taken by Warren Richardson of Australia. He explained how he got the image, “I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. 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 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.”