Image by World Press Photo award winner Li Yang
Two awards and one honorable mention were given to Chinese photographers at this year’s World Press Photo competition, a contest designed to highlight the achievements of photojournalism around the world. Considering all the news that happened in 2011, there was certainly some stiff competition.
Li Yang of China Daily won 3rd prize in the Spot News (singles) category for her shot of a ‘desperate bride’ (seen above) being rescued in Jilin Province. See more photos and video of the event here.
Kuang Huimin of Huang Jianglu won 3rd prize in the Arts & Entertainment (stories) category for his collection of images depicting Mao Zedong’s commemoration in modern Chinese life. Something we learned: in southern China animals are often sacrificed to celebrate Mao’s birth every year.
Honorable mention in the Contemporary Issues category went to Xu Shaofeng, a photographer for ChuTian Metropolis Daily, for his image of a demolition protester in Chengdu:
Other China-related winners: Adam Pretty’s 2nd prize Sports collection from the FINA swimming championships in Shanghai, Paul Hilton’s 3rd prize Nature series on the shark finning industry, and the 1st prize Daily Life image of Pyongyang by Damir Sagolj.
This year’s Photo of the Year award went to this image of a Yemeni woman holding her son.