Reuters Award Winning Photography in 2015

Reuters photojournalists consistently produce captivating and inspiring images from around the world and a number of photographs have already been recognized by the industry in 2015, winning awards that cover a wide range of genres from current affairs to sport to portraiture.

Photographer Rodi Said won the Award of Excellence for General News at the Pictures of the Year International Competition (PoYi) for a poignant photograph of a displaced family from the Iraqi ethnic and religious minority Yazidi fleeing Islamic State forces in Ninawa, Iraq (August 11, 2014).

File photo of displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walking towards the Syrian border

For his striking portrait of a woman preparing for her wedding in the district of Djicoroni, Bamako (April 24, 2014) Juan Medina was awarded 3rd Place in the Portrait and Personality category at the Atlanta Photojournalism Awards.

A woman shares a light moment with her family and friends before her wedding in the district of Djicoroni

Siegfried Modola, who is based in Africa, was awarded a Special Prize by Jury in the Days Japan awards and a Gold Medal in the Science, Tech & Culture Stories category at the China International Photo Prize for his powerful series of images on the custom of female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation, in the Pokot tribe in Marigat, Kenya (October 16, 2014).

A Pokot girl cries after being circumcised in a village about 80 kilometres from the town of Marigat in Baringo County

In the sporting genre, British photographer Phil Noble won numerous awards including Photographer of the Season from the Barclays Premier League for his photograph of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard covering his eyes from the sun during the English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool (November 3, 2013).

Everton goalkeeper Howard shields his eyes from the sun during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool

Canadian photographer Mark Blinch, equally won a bushel of awards at the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) annual convention. He took first place in the sports action category for his astonishing image of Germany’s goalie Jennifer Harss as he regretfully watches the puck enter the net on a goal by Sweden’s Johanna Olofsson during the third period of their women’s preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games (February 11, 2014).

Germany's goalie Harss watches the puck enter the net on a goal by Sweden's Olofsson during the third period of their women's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Click here to view the entire collection of winning images from 2015.

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Isle landers – Darrin Zammit Lupi documents the lives of asylum seekers over 10 years

Young would-be immigrant sits on deck of Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour

Isle Landers is a photographic project ten years in the making by award-winning photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi of Times of Malta and Reuters, documenting the lives of asylum seekers and migrants from North Africa and Syria, throughout and after their journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2002, more than 19,000 individuals have reached Malta by crossing the Mediterranean on rickety vessels. Many others were much less fortunate.

During the last decade, thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives as their rickety vessels succumbed to the sea. To date, in 2014 alone, more than 3,000 people have perished in the Mediterranean, victims of a cynical smuggling and trafficking industry that continues to exploit desperate people on the move. In Darrin’s words: “Untold hundreds have died attempting to make the crossing – the central Mediterranean has become their graveyard.”

Wider Image: Isle Landers

Around 5,000 immigrants remain on the island, in detention centers, open centers and in the community. Some face up to 18 months in detention, locked behind bars without standing trial, fighting numbing boredom. The refugees claim that their intention was never to arrive in Malta, but rather to go to Italy where they could move on within the European mainland. As a result, they show little interest in integrating in the community.

The project captures the journey of the refugees who arrive on the island, beginning with their rescues far out at sea, their arrival on Malta, their life in the detention camps, through to their departure from Malta to be permanently resettled in the U.S. and continental Europe.

Armed Forces of Malta marines toss bottles of water to a group of illegal immigrants in southwest Malta

Speaking on the importance of sharing with the world these immigrants’ suffering and strength, Darrin, who is originally from Malta, said:

“When I decided I wanted to become a professional photojournalist, I dreamt of travelling abroad to follow big stories. I still went abroad, but I soon realized that the biggest story of all was in my own backyard. It is a story the world should know about.”

A hardback, full-color book has been produced of the work, with a foreword by Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  A preview video of the book can be viewed here.

Learn more about the Islelanders project, including multimedia content on the Wider Image (Link below) or on his  website.

What makes a truly great image?

File photo of a man rinsing soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos

REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Reuters pictures service and our recent widely published packages of the most iconic pictures from the past three decades can be viewed here part onepart two and part three.  But as important as it is to look back proudly at our work, it’s more important to look forward.

“Photography is dead,” a professor once told a photography class I attended decades ago. He was an artist by background and he truly believed that everything that could be photographed had been already. His words sparked a debate at the time but, thankfully, did not prove prophetic.

What he failed to see was that computers and digital photography, which then existed only on a small scale, would radically change our industry. Children can now take photographs before they can read or write. Technology has made photography accessible to all, not just skilled professionals with expensive equipment. Images have become the only real international language.

Now a new phrase has emerged – “journalism is dying.” However, as with my professor, these doomsayers too are wrong: the decline of paper-and-ink media does not mean the death of journalism. If anything, the demand for information has risen.

While the Internet has grown crowded with bloggers and citizen reporters, the ability to spew sentences does not make someone a journalist any more than a mobile phone with a Leica lens and Instagram filters makes them a photojournalist. There will always be a role for quality journalists and picture providers trained in the art of balanced and accurate storytelling.

For this reason, I contend that journalism – including photojournalism – is alive and well and more widespread than ever. If anything, the crisper and more sophisticated displays on smartphones, tablets and computers have increased the clamour for quality images.

At Reuters Pictures, we are dedicated to covering global breaking news, quickly, accurately and to the highest possible standard. It is what we have always done, and what we continue to do. But the industry is indeed changing rapidly, which means we need to go further. When news breaks, our photographers not only compete with other news outlets, but also with images on social media. These may not be as sharp or as reliable, but they can certainly be as fast.

Meanwhile, news organisations, which make up the bulk of our clientele, are facing their own problems. Sharp declines in advertising and subscription revenue have forced cost cuts, and yet they still face pressure to provide ever-more content for a hungry online audience.

With less money, fewer journalists and more rivals, our clients are searching for images that make them stand out – which is where we come in. So what, in an era awash with selfies and seascapes, makes a truly great image? (more…)

Looking back at 30 years of Reuters Pictures

To mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Reuters Pictures service, a three part retrospective of iconic images is now available to view on Reuters The Wider Image and license via the Reuters Pictures websiteFor three decades, Reuters photographers have captured images illustrating the human tragedy of natural disaster and war, as well as the fallout of economic events across the continents. They have brought their lenses to bear on sport, culture and show business as well as world political and economic leaders – creating iconic images that are recognized around the world.

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Alexia Singh, Editor-In-Charge of the Wider Image Desk, had the daunting task of curating a selection of the best images from an archive of over 7 million images. “Iconic images rise to the surface over the years, you see them again and again in publications around the world and they become fixed in our collective consciousness. On the one hand this makes the job of editing a retrospective of 30 years of Reuters Pictures an easier task. However there are, of course, many more pictures that could have been included in this selection. When the iconic pictures match iconic events they are the obvious choices. But it’s also interesting to include images that stand up purely on the power of their aesthetic.”

“We didn’t set out to tell the story of the last 30 years, we do that every day on the wire, this is more of a look back at our “greatest hits”. We also wanted the photographers perspective on our history so they have been selecting their own iconic images and throughout the year we will releasing some of the photographers choices, on the day they were originally taken, in a kind of ‘On this day in Reuters History’ initiative.”

View the entire selection including behind the scenes text from the photographers Part 1Part 2Part 3

File photo of frantic Kurdish refugees struggling for a loaf of bread during a humanitarian aid distribution for hundreds of thousands of stranded Iraqi-Kurds in the mountains of Isikveren at the Iraqi-Turkish borderReuters Photographer Yannis Behrakis 

At the end of the first Iraq war about 1.5 million Kurds were fleeing in panic trying to escape from forces loyal to Saddam Hussein. About 600,000 of them fled to Turkey but half of them were stranded in the mountains at the Iraqi-Turkish border. (more…)

Reuters photographers win big at the Atlanta Photojournalism Awards

Each year, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar hosts an international photography competition that receives content from some of the world’s top photojournalists. The winners were recently announced with Reuters Photographers taking home many of the prizes.

  • 3rd Place Feature – Danish Siddiqui
  • 3rd Place and two honorable mentions Olympics – Phil Noble
  • 1st Place Olympics – Mike Blake
  • 3rd Place Portrait and Personality – Juan Medina
  • 3rd Place Pictorial – David Gray
  • 1st Place Sports Action – Phil Noble

3rd Place Feature – Danish Siddiqui

A woman reacts as she listens to a fortune telling machine at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai

A woman reacts as she listens to a fortune telling machine at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India. April 2, 2014.

Documentary “Terror at the Mall” marks first anniversary of Westgate Mall seige

On September 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant Islamist group, attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The siege lasted 49 hours, leaving 71 dead and hundreds wounded. Told using hours of previously unseen CCTV video, extensive frames taken by Reuters Photographer Goran Tomasevic and testimony from survivors and rescuers,Terror at the Mall” recalls the horror of the attack, as well as the courage and resilience of ordinary citizens in the face of mass murder. Marking the first anniversary, the harrowing documentary debuts on HBO in the United States on Monday, September 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) , on BBC2 in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 24 (9:00pm-10:00pm GMT) and on CNN on Friday, September 26, at 9 p.m (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).

“Westgate was one place where you meet people of different cultures, different tribes, different religions, different everything. I think that was the most special thing,” says survivor Jasmine Postwalla. Chaos reigned in the early moments of the siege, with frightened shoppers running for their lives. Harveen Sihra, a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the thigh, stomach and foot, recalls the gunman’s words, “The only thing he said was that we are here to kill. You killed our people in Somalia. We normally don’t kill women and children but you kill ours in Somalia and so we are here to take revenge.”

Forty-five minutes after the attack began, the Kenyan security forces remained outside trying to decide how to proceed. A handful of plainclothes police and civilians decided to act, with Goran Tomasevic in tow. (more…)

Candlelight vigil for conflict in Iraq – July 4, 2014

A Shi'ite Muslim girl takes part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq, in New Delhi

A Shi’ite Muslim girl takes part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq, in New Delhi July 3, 2014. Nearly 50 Indian nurses from the southern state of Kerala have been taken against their will from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Unique World Cup perspective from “On the Sidelines”

A boy carries a soccer ball through neighborhood of the stadium, ahead of the World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Manaus

A boy carries a soccer ball through the colorfully decorated neighborhood of the stadium, ahead of the World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Manaus June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

In a project titled “On The Sidelines”, Reuters award-winning photographers are sharing pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Their images offer an insight behind the scenes of the tournament, revealing the photographers’ experiences as they live in and travel around Brazil.

We have selected some of our favourites from the tournament so far, you can see more of these images on the on the REUTERSSPORT Instagram account. You can also see the best match pictures and near real-time results on our new Sports Reel mobile application for iPad, iPhone and Android devices  (more…)

Photographers take us “Around the globe in 50 goals”

Billed as the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the global appeal of the Football World Cup dwarfs any other athletic event, and from tomorrow the world’s eyes will be on Brazil.

Reuters reporters, cameramen and photographers are in place all over the vast country to deliver world class multimedia coverage from the competition. From Rio to Recife; Brasilia to Belo Horizonte and all venues between, our team will provide stories, pictures, graphics and video of all the latest news as it breaks, and continue to look in depth at how Brazil copes under the weight of staging such an enormous event.

To celebrate the start of the World Cup, our global network of photographers have produced a special multimedia project entitled, “Around the globe in 50 goals.” (more…)

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