Polish Women Photographers Win at World Press Photo 2013
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Ilona Szwarc and Anna Bedyńska are among the winners of the 2013 edition of the world's biggest competition devoted to reportage photography.
Ilona Szwarc, working for Redux Images, received third prize in the People - Observed Portraits Single category. Her subject is Kayla, a young woman posing with her lookalike doll in front of a portrait of her ancestors in Boston, taken on the 19th of February 2012. The doll comes from American Girl, producers of figures that are replicas of real girls.
Ilona Szwarc was born and raised in Warsaw. She moved to New York City in 2008, where she currently lives and works. Szwarc’s photographs have been exhibited in Paris, London, Bilbao and New York. Her work has been published by publications including Time, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, Surface China and PDN. Online, her work has been featured in the New York Times Lens Blog, the Huffington Post, MSNBC Today.com, GUP, Feature Shoot and Le Journal de la Photographie.
Anna Bedyńska, working for Agora, won third prize in the People-Staged Portraits Single category. Her subject is Zuzia, a young woman who is sensitive to sunlight due to her albinism. She attends a special school for partially sighted children and dreams of meeting someone like herself. The photograph was taken in October 2012.
Anna Bedyńska is a photographer specialising in social issues. Her work has been published in the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. She received the Grand Prix Grand Press Photo in 2005 for a photograph of a 6-year-old cancer patient consoling her mother.
The World Press Photo jury deliberated this year between the 2nd and 14th of February in Amsterdam, and was made up of twelve professionals in the fields of documentary and reportage. The final list of 54 winners from 32 nations was selected from the submission pool of more than 103,000 photographs from all over the world.
World Press Photo of the Year in the Spot News category (first prize, singles) was given to Paul Hansen for his moving image of a crowd of men in Gaza City, carrying the bodies of two young children to a burial ceremony through the streets after an Israeli missile struck their house. The photograph was taken on the 20th of November 2012.
Raising awareness about the impact of political conflict and social injustice are among the priorities of the World Press Photo organisation. This year's most widely covered subject was the suffering and bloodshed caused by government strikes on the Syrian populace, with winning images by Javier Manzano, Rodrigo Abd and Sebastiano Tomada and Alessio Romenzi.
World Press Photo awards cash prizes, the Golden Eye Award and a diploma to winners across nine categories, which include Contemporary Issues, Sports Action and Nature. The winning images will be displayed in Amsterdam as part of the 2013 Awards Days in April, then the exhibition will travel the through 40 countries.
Polish winners of the World Press Photo competition through the years include: Roman Pieńkowski (1956), Zygmunt Wdowiński (1957), Henryk Grzęda (1962), Stanisław Jakubowski (1969), Tadeusz Trapanowski and Krzysztof Niemiec (1975), Józef Czarnecki (1981), Leopold Dzikowski and Grzegorz Rogiński (1985), Chris Niedenthal (1986), Jan Morek (1986), Radosław Sikorski (1989), Witold Krassowski (1992 i 2003), Maciej Skawiński (1998), Rafał Milach (2008), Kacper Kowalski (2009), Filip Ćwik (2011), Tomasz Gudzowaty (1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 i 2011, 2012) and Tomasz Lazar (2012).
For more information on the contest and winners, see: www.worldpressphoto.org
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Source: World Press Photo. Edited by Agnieszka Le Nart, 14 Feb 2013