AP photographers win 8 prizes in World Press Photo contest
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AP photographers win 8 prizes in World Press Photo contest

Associated Press photojournalists who’ve worked tirelessly to document the civil war in Syria and conflict in Gaza, among many other stories last year, won top prizes in the distinguished World Press Photo competition.

Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib north Syria, March 10, 2012. Aida's husband and and two children were killed after their home was shelled. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla is carried out of the ring among jubilant crowd scenes on the shoulders of fellow bullfighter Serafin Marin, a honor for the best performers, after a bullfight at the southwestern Spanish town of Olivenza, Sunday, March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

The contest is judged by a jury of 19 internationally recognized photography professionals and was chaired by Santiago Lyon, an AP vice president and director of photography. The winners were announced today at a press conference in Amsterdam. 

In total, AP won eight prizes, including:  

  • Bernat Armangue, based in Jerusalem, 1st Prize - Spot News Series, for 12 images of the conflict in Gaza.  
  • Rodrigo Abd, based in Peru, 1st Prize -General News Singles, for a moving image from Syria. 
  • Esteban Felix, based in Managua, 2nd Prize - Contemporary Issues Singles, for a photo a crime scene at a pool hall in Honduras. 
  • Daniel Ochoa de Olza, based in Madrid, 2nd Prize - Observed Portrait Series, for a 12 photo series of the comeback of a one-eyed bullfighter. 

Full details about the World Press Photo contest, including the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen, are at: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2013

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