World Press Photo Exhibition 2013

The World Press Photo exhibition can be viewed in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliament from Tuesday 30 July to Sunday 25 August.

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen has been awarded the World Press Photo of the year. The winning image, Gaza Burial, shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City. 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.  The picture was taken on 20 November 2012 in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories.

Mayu Mohanna, jury member from Peru, said of Paul Hansen’s winning picture: “The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.”

Over 103,000 photographs were submitted by a total of 5,666 photographers representing 124 different nationalities.

The World Press Photo exhibition will be open from 10am to 8pm during its stay at the Parliament.

Please note, the exhibition includes images that some people, particularly children, may find distressing.

  • 2013, Nature, 1st prize singles, Southern Cassowary, Australia
    2013, Nature, 1st prize singles

    Christian Ziegler, Germany

    Southern Cassowary, Australia

    16 November 2012, Black Mountain Road, Australia

  • 2013, Nature, 1st prize stories, Emperor Penguins
    2013, Nature, 1st prize stories

    Paul Nicklen, Canada, National Geographic magazine

    Emperor Penguins

    18 November 2011, Ross Sea, Antarctica

  • 2013, Sports Action, 1st prize singles, Joy at the end of the run
    2013, Sports Action, 1st prize singles

    Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia, Pacu Jawi Bull Race, Indonesia

    Joy at the end of the run

    12 February 2012, Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra Indonesia

  • 2013, Sports Action, 2nd prize stories, The Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics
    2013, Sports Action, 2nd prize stories

    Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency

    The Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics

    31 July 2012, London, UK

  • 2013, Staged Portraits, 1st prize stories, People of Mercy, Guinea
    2013, Staged Portraits, 1st prize stories

    Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium, Panos for Mercy Ships/De Standaard

    People of Mercy, Guinea

    17 October 2012, Conakry, Guinea

  • 2013, Staged Portraits, 2nd prize singles, Ai Weiwei
    2013, Staged Portraits, 2nd prize singles

    Stefen Chow, Malaysia, for Smithsonian magazine

    Ai Weiwei

    6 February 2012, Beijing, China

  • 2013, Observed Portraits, 3rd prize singles, Kayla, Boston, USA
    2013, Observed Portraits, 3rd prize singles, Ilona Szwarc

    Ilona Szwarc, Poland, Redux Pictures

    Kayla, Boston, USA

    19 February 2012, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • 2013, Daily Life, 1st prize stories, Mirella
    2013, Daily Life, 1st prize stories

    Fausto Podavini, Italy

    Mirella

    1 June 2010, Rome, Italy

  • 2013, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize singles, At the Dandora Dump
    2013, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize singles

    Micah Albert, USA, Redux Images

    At the Dandora Dump

    3 April 2013, Nairobi, Kenya

  • 2013, General News, 3rd prize stories, Japan After the Wave
    2013, General News, 3rd prize stories

    Daniel Berehulak, Australia, Getty Images

    Japan After the Wave

    7 March 2012, Rikuzentakata, Japan

  • 2013, Spot News, 2nd prize stories, Free Syrian Army Fighter
    2013, Spot News, 2nd prize stories

    Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy, Agence France-Presse

    Free Syrian Army Fighter

    10 October 2012, Aleppo, Syria

  • 2013, World Press Photo of the Year, Gaza Burial, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
    2013, World Press Photo of the Year, Spot News, 1st prize singles

    Paul Hansen, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter

    Gaza Burial

    20 November 2012, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

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