Paul Hansen wins 56th World Press Photo Photojournalism honors
The Swedish Daily News Photographer from Dagens Nyheter, Paul Hansen, bagged the top honors in the 56th World Press Photo for a picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through the street in Gaza City. The winning image was selected from 103,481 images submitted by 5,666 photographers received from 124 different countries. Very recently Hansen also won the First Place in ‘the Pictures of the Year International competition’ in the Photographer of the Year – Newspaper category. “The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the people with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget,” pinpointed Mayu Mohanna, a jury member at this year’s World Press Photo photojournalism contest. In the particular image, two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad are being taken to a mosque for the burial ceremony, after they were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. “Their father’s body is carried behind on a stretcher and their mother was admitted to the intensive care unit in the hospital.”
In fact, Hansen doesn’t yet know what winning the World Press Photo will mean for his career, but he hopes it will create an environment where he can work on more personal projects. He believes that winning the coveted prize will give “this picture, and this family, and all the other families who die in this cycle of violence another platform. It gives us the ability to communicate this story again, which I’m really grateful for”.
“I’ve always said that a picture should engage with the head, the heart and the stomach,” revealed Santiago Lyon, Vice President and Director of photography, The Associated Press and chair person of this year’s jury.
Photo Caption: In this portrait, shot by Hansen on 20th November 2012 in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, the dead bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her big brother Muhammad, who were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, being taken for burial. Their father, Fouad, was also killed in the attack, while their mother is in intensive care at Al-Shifa Hospital.