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World Press Photo exhibit heads to United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Fotophile.com) — Highlights from the 2005 World Press Photo international competition will go on display at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 3 May 2005.

This year’s winner, an image by Indian photographer Arko Datta of Reuters, shows a woman mourning the death of a relative who was killed in the Asian tsunami catastrophe triggered by a massive underwater earthquake off the coast of Indonesia.

The series of resulting tsunamis, reaching as far as Somalia and Tanzania, killed approximately 300,000.

World Press Photo jury chairman Diego Goldberg described the winning image as “a true spot news picture with a strong photographer’s point of view.”

The U.N. exhibit will run through 6 June 2005.

For his win, Datta received 10,000 euro at the awards ceremony on 24 April 2005 in Amsterdam and a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II camera.

A record 4,266 professional photographers from 123 countries entered 69,190 images in the annual World Press Photo contest. It was also the first time the competition was entirely digital.

Winners this year in other categories include J.F. Diorio of Brazil for his image of a girl shielding her eyes as fire rages through her favelaKristen Ashburn of the U.S. for her stark post-mortem portrait of a Palestinian man killed by an Israeli sniper; James Nachtwey of the U.S. for his timeless picture of a Sudanese refugee; and David Guttenfelder of the U.S. for his daily life pictorial of women casting ballots in Afghanistan’s first-ever direct presidential election.

Sports photographers Bob Martin of the United Kingdom won for his image of a Spanish swimmer in the Paralympics and Adam Pretty of Australia for his photograph of Olympic swimmers. Daniel Silva Yoshisato of Peru won for his feature story on the Peruvian women’s soccer team.

Francesco Zizola of Italy won for his portrait of a Ugandan refugee; Tommaso Bonaventura of Italy for his sweeping, dramatic image of Russians on pilgrimage; and Jahi Chikwendiu of the U.S. won for a picture of a massive sandstorm in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Elián image, N.J. story win Pulitzer photo prizes

Al Diaz of The Associated Press, who captured the startling image of armed federal agents seizing the Cuban boy Elián González from his Miami relatives’ home, won a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category 16 April 2001. Matt Rainey, a staff photographer for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., won in the feature photography category.

“To be honest I thought I wasn’t going to win. What a sweet surprise,” Diaz said in a Miami Herald story. “I just thought I was doing my job. This is just awesome, unbelievable.”

The 29 June 2000 incident, which came at the end of a six-month legal and political standoff, and Diaz’s images sparked a national controversy.

The Miami Herald, where Diaz now works as a staff photographer, also won for its coverage of Elián González saga.

In the feature category, Rainey won for his photo story on the care and recovery of two freshmen who were critically burned in a 19 January 2000 dorm fire at Seton Hall University in East Orange, N.J.

For more than eight months, Rainey and staff writer Robin Gaby Fisher tracked the progress of Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos through their emotional journeys.

The other finalists in the breaking news category were Chris Gerard (a pseudonym) of Agence France-Presse and Rachel Ritchie of The Providence Journal of Rhode Island.

Gerard was considered for his photograph of a Palestinian youth triumphantly raising his bloodstained hands after two Israeli soldiers were killed. Meanwhile, Ritchie captured an image of a man walking through the crowd of a street festival after shooting four people 6 August 2000.

In the feature category, David Guttenfelder of The Associated Press and Marc Piscotty of the Denver Rocky Mountain News were finalists.

Guttenfelder was honored for his photographs of North and South Koreans visiting relatives they had not seen in half a century, as well as other images generated by the Korean governments’ reunification efforts. Piscotty’s entry was a selection of photos from a four-part series, “ThunderRidge: Real Life at a Suburban High School.”