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World Press Photo: winners

On the morning of February 11, 2011, the international jury of the 54th World Press Photo Contest named a photo by South African photographer Jodi Bieber, World Press Photo of the Year 2010. The image is a portrait of Bibi Aisha, disfigured as punishment for fleeing her husband's house, taken in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over 5,691 photographers entered 108,059 images in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest and after the two-week judging period, 56 were named winners in nine categories. It is a prestigious contest and an honor to be named a winner. The following post shares 23 of those winning images. For more on the contest, including a time-lapse video of the jury room being set up, to hear the jury chairs discuss the images that were named winners, and to learn more about the competition, World Press Photo -- Paula Nelson (23 photos total)

Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, fled back to her family home from her husband's house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi's brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military. After time in a women's refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the United States. World Press Photo of the Year 2010, Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for Time magazine.
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282 comments so far...

# 1 made my cry. How anyone can do this to a young girl is beyond my comprehension. I just want the same punishement for the men who did this to her.

Posted by Sol Roger February 14, 11 11:13 AM

Sorry, but the link-page is wrong ... if we click the first photo we go to another serie (an old one). I could see this serie by writing the serie's title in the net address :) Please, change!

Posted by Valentina February 14, 11 11:19 AM

beautiful pictures!

Posted by Dan Kaz February 14, 11 11:22 AM

Incredible photos all round, credit to the photographers for such diversity of styles in capturing such varied snapshots of humanity round the world.

Posted by APJ, London February 14, 11 11:22 AM

dramatic, epic, serene.
world of life.

Posted by Lucas Ayoub February 14, 11 11:27 AM

Beautiful and powerful pictures!


Posted by Stone February 14, 11 11:31 AM

excellent as always

Posted by dd February 14, 11 11:39 AM

#7 is awesome

Posted by martani_net February 14, 11 11:42 AM

congrats from argentina

Posted by app February 14, 11 11:43 AM

that's.. just fantastic

Posted by umren February 14, 11 11:45 AM

Wonderful pictures, all of them!
#18 is as awestriking as it is horrifying.

Posted by Attan February 14, 11 11:48 AM

#23 looks like a cartoon!

Posted by Gauss247 February 14, 11 11:50 AM


Posted by justin w February 14, 11 11:51 AM

so amazing picture

Posted by gita February 14, 11 11:51 AM

#17 chilling photo

What really saddens me is the fact that there's no single positive or cheerful photo among the selection and that's unfortunate for the world we're living in...

Nonetheless, congrats to all!

Posted by Crea February 14, 11 11:52 AM

Pic #1) How can anyone be so evil? Even an animal wouldn't do that. What a barbaric way to ruin Muslims' image one more time. These so-called Muslims will pay for this.

Posted by RS February 14, 11 11:53 AM


Posted by Ben February 14, 11 11:53 AM

looove last one :)

Posted by chboing February 14, 11 11:54 AM

WOW !!!

Posted by McQuade, Winston February 14, 11 11:54 AM

so amazing picture

Posted by gita February 14, 11 11:55 AM

Being able to capture umpredictable moments is amazing and unique, thank you for openning our eyes the crude but beautifull world. The most shocking picture is the morgue in Haiti. The most peacefullone is the men sleeping in the somalian dessert and the most beautifull, the sailfish hunting for their food.

Posted by Marco De Anda February 14, 11 11:58 AM

#17 OMG
even if the boy is dead, how can he throw him like a piece of trash? so cruel.

Posted by Ali February 14, 11 11:58 AM

Remarkable, and sometimes disturbing is Plant Earth and those who call it home.

Posted by D. Mitchell February 14, 11 12:00 PM


Posted by elmo February 14, 11 12:01 PM

#14, of all the images, is the most surreal

Posted by giuppi February 14, 11 12:02 PM

out of this world

Posted by Asad February 14, 11 12:03 PM

Phenomenal photography as always. Compelling subjects, stories, but too much tragedy.

--Bibi is very different from but reminiscent of the famous Afghani NG photo
--Assange looks like a Bond villain in photo 3.
--The orange-green color contrast on photo 4 is very rich.
--No. 6 and no. 7 are excellent and in a sense understated.

Posted by sc February 14, 11 12:10 PM


Posted by john doe February 14, 11 12:11 PM

Wow! High class imagery.

Posted by Nick February 14, 11 12:16 PM

Shocking and amazing.

Posted by haden February 14, 11 12:18 PM

These are compelling. They invoke us to not only reflect upon our fortunes, but also how we should be helping those in need. Thank you to all for your work and photography to give a voice to those who have none.

Posted by Chris, Madison, Wisconsin February 14, 11 12:20 PM

Amazing photos. Really capture different aspects of our world.
My only question is, why are disaster related photos (almost) always the winners of prizes?
We should be promoting the opposite.

Posted by Steve February 14, 11 12:20 PM

Wawwwww !

Posted by Hiha February 14, 11 12:21 PM

Excellent pictures!

Posted by Deus February 14, 11 12:21 PM

#17 and

Posted by Jason February 14, 11 12:22 PM

Great photos.

Posted by John M. February 14, 11 12:23 PM

Very powerful photos.

Posted by James February 14, 11 12:27 PM

Our planet is so magnificent.

Posted by Jessica February 14, 11 12:29 PM


Posted by felar February 14, 11 12:35 PM


Great pics

Posted by Jason February 14, 11 12:39 PM

# 8 is cool

Posted by Noushad February 14, 11 12:42 PM

great ones!!!

Posted by rodcasro February 14, 11 12:45 PM

Wow, a stunning collection of photos. Bravo

Posted by Elliot February 14, 11 12:46 PM

Fantastic images, some disturbing stories though. I feel for Bibi Aisha, how anyone can do that amazes me.
Great Collection , very inspiring.

Posted by Anthony Jay February 14, 11 12:51 PM

First. Always a fan of the World Press Competition stuff.... this selection is fantastic, although dark! Congrats to all photographers.

Posted by Nez February 14, 11 12:52 PM

one word... amazing!

Posted by patrick February 14, 11 12:53 PM

Superb. Fantastic !!!

Posted by rjArzki February 14, 11 12:53 PM

Magnificent shots as usual, Haiti still brings sad memories.

Posted by Ajibola February 14, 11 12:54 PM

#17 is one of the most stunning pictures I've seen

Posted by JJD February 14, 11 12:54 PM

Thank you very much... Amazing pictures!

Posted by Pieter February 14, 11 12:58 PM


Posted by christine February 14, 11 01:00 PM

very, very nice pictures....

Posted by Miroslav Palko February 14, 11 01:04 PM

17 is very hard to see..18 too..

The other Ones are awesome..

Posted by Nico February 14, 11 01:06 PM


Posted by Anonymous February 14, 11 01:07 PM

Man, #17. Intense.

Posted by Chris February 14, 11 01:11 PM

These photos don't need comments. They speak for themselves...

Posted by Daniel February 14, 11 01:13 PM

Amazing pictures. #23 is a pleasant surprise.

Posted by Saurabh Sharma February 14, 11 01:14 PM

What's the story of #18???

Posted by deep fried chicken February 14, 11 01:14 PM

That is a shocking opener. I am glad you have stopped censoring such photos.

Posted by Brandon February 14, 11 01:20 PM

Too many bad news...

Posted by Hendrik February 14, 11 01:21 PM

It's great photo.

Thank you.

Posted by Purohit February 14, 11 01:23 PM

des images parfois difficiles a regarder.

Posted by Francky21 February 14, 11 01:29 PM

Wow ! That's amazing photography.

Posted by PremSingh February 14, 11 01:31 PM

My God...@ pict 17. Oh Lord please have mercy on us.

Posted by RB February 14, 11 01:32 PM

Great pics ... #1 is just heart-wrenching

Posted by Jim February 14, 11 01:35 PM

#17... my God...

Posted by Andrew February 14, 11 01:39 PM

The first one is shocking. I can`t understand how on Earth can a man do that to his wife.

Posted by Alex February 14, 11 01:41 PM

Amazing, as always.

Posted by Mr Payne February 14, 11 01:45 PM


Posted by Tiago Jesus February 14, 11 01:49 PM

wow excellents pics

Posted by Angel February 14, 11 01:54 PM

#18 - great timing.

Posted by TK February 14, 11 01:56 PM

A picture paints 10000 words

Posted by juliu, uk February 14, 11 02:10 PM

terrible this days ..... why catching tragedy is nominated and rewarded?

Posted by ela February 14, 11 02:12 PM

Congratulations to all the winners especially my fellow South African Jodi Bieber. Well deserved win!

Posted by Brenda Botha February 14, 11 02:13 PM

Simply amazing

Posted by Courtney Payne February 14, 11 02:15 PM

increibles fotos!

Posted by helter February 14, 11 02:16 PM

When I went to the World Press Photo exhibition last year, I thorougly enjoyed the great mix of light / dark materials, captured by photographers throughout the world. I'm not sure if the judging panel has gone thought a significant change from last year, but I find the selection this year to be nothing but depressing and ominious. (except the last photo of the swans). I was almost afraid to keep scrolling, afraid what I will see next.

Posted by Karen Lee February 14, 11 02:20 PM

Posted by Anonymous February 14, 11 02:22 PM

What an amazing collection!

Posted by Tatina February 14, 11 02:23 PM

Amazing pictures. I look forward to Big Picture updates

Posted by Scott462 February 14, 11 02:25 PM

Amazing pictures, as usual.

Posted by EmCo February 14, 11 02:29 PM

fantastic, as always

Posted by Tolz February 14, 11 02:35 PM

I dont see how image number 9 won,

Posted by mousey February 14, 11 02:39 PM

wow, number 1 should have a warning on it, so sad and horrible.

Posted by Ted February 14, 11 02:40 PM


Posted by atul February 14, 11 02:43 PM

Just genius, sadness, photography is still the best medium.

Posted by Guildas February 14, 11 02:46 PM

I usually ignore those graphic image warnings but those two images were rather shocking. Nevertheless, I can see the great photographic and photojournalistic merit in those two photos.

Posted by Andrew February 14, 11 02:48 PM

Sad, very sad. Is there any place left for hope ?

Posted by Esteldil February 14, 11 02:49 PM

Great photos, the fish one is so lovely compared to the senseless Muslim brutality of number 1

Posted by Ted February 14, 11 02:49 PM

#1 makes me sick. What human being could justify that?

Posted by Graham February 14, 11 02:52 PM

18 looks so fake, the guy in flames its not out of focus like the rest of the picture with the dash effect

Posted by ewqe February 14, 11 03:02 PM


Posted by VIMtheRaBBiT February 14, 11 03:05 PM

I don't understand #18. Why the body appears to be in flames? :O

Posted by Neko February 14, 11 03:12 PM

human cruelty has no limits, what a shame!!!

Posted by Rodrigo February 14, 11 03:25 PM

#17, the "coroner" might show more respect... just saying.

Posted by carlos ribeiro February 14, 11 03:27 PM

What an extraordinary collection of talent and beauty

Posted by Paul McKillop February 14, 11 03:27 PM

wow. The first photo and the two "protected" photos were just deflating. Great job as always.

Posted by coscro February 14, 11 03:31 PM

No kidding on the warning on #17. Jesus Christ.

Posted by Mosez February 14, 11 03:32 PM

Picture one should have had a disclaimer

Posted by ryfromthemerrimackvalley February 14, 11 03:37 PM

#18 is an incredible capture!

Posted by T (New Zealand) February 14, 11 03:46 PM

18! o.O
poor guy =(

Posted by John Black February 14, 11 03:46 PM

23! :D

Posted by opo February 14, 11 03:49 PM

How dreadful to live...

Posted by michael February 14, 11 03:52 PM

Amazing photos. I especially love the one of the russian cadette. Absolutely stunning!

Posted by Daniel February 14, 11 03:53 PM


#14 ....... WTF ??????

Posted by LFE February 14, 11 03:55 PM

It is an amazing one again.....
but some of them.....are filled with pain...
Are we humans so brutal and cruel....and we still call ourselves civilized!!!

Posted by Aishwarya February 14, 11 03:58 PM

#23 ... wow

Posted by Ross February 14, 11 04:08 PM

The first place picture comes across as a little too propaganda based, a terrible thing to happen don't get me wrong but it reeks of Taliban and Muslims / Shiia Law are bad, USA is freedom and good.

Posted by Mike February 14, 11 04:17 PM

Beautiful, stunning, haunting, terrifying.

Posted by Megan February 14, 11 04:20 PM

Great set of photos. #2 is incredible, it looks unreal.

Posted by Mitch February 14, 11 04:21 PM

Awesome, as usual. #16 is great, where are the other black&white photos ?

Posted by Fred Soulier February 14, 11 04:25 PM


Posted by matthewcavalryman February 14, 11 04:31 PM

#6 is a big fish

Posted by Anonymous February 14, 11 05:59 PM

Sehr sehr gute Bilder. Ich bin äußerst erstaunt über einige Fotos.

Posted by DJ Blue February 14, 11 06:21 PM

I thought #23 was an Aflac duck montage!

Posted by Relwerk February 14, 11 06:21 PM

Mindblowing work.

Posted by Frederik February 14, 11 06:26 PM


Posted by Stewie February 14, 11 06:42 PM


Posted by canilark February 14, 11 07:22 PM

Picture No. 14 is hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous February 14, 11 07:49 PM

Excellent. Would like to compete next time.

Posted by grace pinto February 14, 11 07:50 PM

I wish you had put one of those warnings on #1. I kept hearing about this picture and hoping that I would not see it. Now I have.

Well, I will resist the urge to comment in ethnic or cultural terms. This kind of barbarity can happen anywhere, anytime.

What makes the difference is whether it is met with outrage and punishment on the one hand, or acceptance and nodding agreement on the other. That is what makes a society civilized or barabaric.

Posted by Bruce February 14, 11 08:07 PM

@ comment 93

the man set himself alight and then jumped from the plinth, there was also alot of video taken, not nice as you can imagine

Posted by mausc February 14, 11 08:46 PM

Stunning, really.

Posted by Joris February 14, 11 08:56 PM


Posted by 中华人民 February 14, 11 10:13 PM

I agree that photo # 1 should have had a disclaimer.

Posted by Nancy Baumgartner February 14, 11 10:41 PM

Amazing photos..

Posted by Emine February 14, 11 11:05 PM

Brilliant captures!!

BigPicture should do a post on the equipment these world renowned photographers use for their work.

Once again keep up the inspiring posts!

Posted by Andre February 15, 11 12:37 AM


Posted by Bryan February 15, 11 01:11 AM


Posted by RAVI MENON February 15, 11 01:43 AM

And again hardly any happy foto in the world press photo contest.
These here on Big Picture seme to be the nicer ones - haha.
Sad Thing.

Posted by Baemmm February 15, 11 02:11 AM


What a beautiful it is!

Posted by KIHO LEE February 15, 11 03:55 AM


Posted by dino February 15, 11 04:00 AM

Great Images.

Posted by Shiva February 15, 11 04:12 AM

It's Great & Amazing photos.
Thank you.

Posted by Ravi February 15, 11 06:11 AM

Absolutely brilliant photos.

Posted by mmnjug February 15, 11 06:18 AM

Great Photo !
Bibi Aisha make me remember a photo by Steve Mc Curry.

Posted by Yunaidi Joepoet February 15, 11 06:45 AM

Amazing live pictures. Dynamic, interesting... scaring.

Posted by Maria February 15, 11 06:49 AM


Posted by Rodrigo February 15, 11 07:11 AM

Greate Job done ............Man

Posted by Vamdev Tewari February 15, 11 07:19 AM

I understand that in this case the prize winning photo had a backstory that needed to be told.

but is it just me or is it almost a foregone conclusion that photography portrait competitions always end up with a picture of a Moslem woman as the winning shot?

It's a bit patronising..."Woman in a hijab..guaranteed award!"

Posted by Richard Canuckle February 15, 11 07:29 AM

I think these photos overall were not very good -- most were just showing shocking things. The first one should have carried a warning for objectionable material. This was like a Clockwork Orange, and should have a warning on it not to be viewed by children. It should also be renamed as top "disturbing" photos of the year. I guess flowers have stopped growing in our world?

Very disappointing, the first time I can ever say this about the Big Picture!

Posted by Mark Buchanan February 15, 11 08:11 AM


Posted by yusvin karuyan February 15, 11 08:31 AM

#18, That's the Liberty bridge in Budapest a beautiful and popular suicide spot. The guy set himself on fire and jump off from the bridge to the road on the bridge. He just went for sure, probably there was a woman involved. Sad story.

Posted by skovalsky February 15, 11 08:46 AM

Photo #1. Always remember, Islam is a religion of peace. What an evil lie that continues to be said.

Posted by Jeff DanLeoni February 15, 11 08:49 AM

Lange nicht mehr so aufwülende Fotos gesehen. Danke schön!

Posted by ingrid GUYOT February 15, 11 09:05 AM

#1 should be censored as well, like #17 and #18

Posted by Maya February 15, 11 09:25 AM

I'm not sure of the criteria but do not understand how no. 1 could have wone, sure its shocking and sad but all Bibi Aisha had to do was ask her to pose and take the shot. Surely other pictures where more worthy for combining photographers' skills. I would recommend no. 17 but of course how could that be picture of the year if you can't display it? No. 15 with Kim Jong II and his son should get a comedy award.

Posted by Giles Hamilton Bond February 15, 11 09:26 AM

Very nice, sad too.

Posted by Xeno February 15, 11 09:35 AM

Well done Jodie Bieber!

Posted by christine February 15, 11 09:35 AM

the best!!!!!!!!
Parabens a todos os fotografos!!!!

Posted by Nick February 15, 11 11:05 AM

Awesome work..

Posted by Anonymous February 15, 11 11:21 AM

look good

Posted by adrian martinez February 15, 11 11:33 AM

Numbers 1 & 17 broke my heart. I am not sure why people think number 1 should carry a warning for being objectionable though . The poor woman had to live with that every day. We are very protected and lucky in this day and age with modern surgery etc we don't have to see a people with facial deformities or damage. But just her eyes are so beautiful, its a shame people just see what is wrong with her and want to hide her away to make themselves feel better.

Posted by Samantha M. February 15, 11 11:37 AM

Judging all Islam by photo #1 = judging all Christianity by the Spanish Inquisition. Every religion has its great, generous souls as well as its intolerant psychopaths.

Posted by Richard February 15, 11 11:52 AM

I honestly think they represent a very respectable journalism work. However it is yet another form of polluting ourselves. We have enourmuos doses of rubbish every day. TV, soaps, sensational press, news shows, etc.
Its very arguable; we need to be informed, but we definitely dont need more bad things in our days.
We need good stuff. We need to go to sleep every day sharing the happines that is happening in other places in the world, not with the image of a suicide in east europe.
There has to be a balance, and I think we dont have it.

Posted by Humberto February 15, 11 12:48 PM


Posted by Anonymous February 15, 11 01:26 PM

Wow, these are incredible photos!

Posted by Mary Noon February 15, 11 01:30 PM

#1 I can't believe this is still happening in 2010.
#4 I can't believe this is still happening in 2010.
#7 I can't believe this is still happening in 2010.
#17 I can't believe this is still happening in 2010.

What a world we live in...

Posted by Frank February 15, 11 01:38 PM

In response to Jeff Dan Leoni - comment #144, photo #1 - I can show you pictures of the end results of Christians, Jews and many other people of high religious conviction administering their ideals of peace, love and brotherhood to those whom they feel are in need of its sacred guidance and corrective punishments necessary for a more saintly life. To consistently attack the followers of Islam for behaviors exhibited by all religious participants while disregarding the manifestations of yours and other religions, is not only hypocritical, but shows a lack of critical thinking and a deep propensity for emotional rhetoric. Both of which result in comments that expose an ignorance best maintained in silence.

Posted by Colletti February 15, 11 01:41 PM

First picture shows that some people to-day are not any better than those "working" in concentration camp decades ago.

Posted by Denver February 15, 11 02:35 PM

How did #19 come to be wearing a Meath County GAA jersey!

Posted by jul February 15, 11 02:37 PM

#s 1, 4, 6, 7, 20 and 21 Wow!

Posted by Bill Gallant February 15, 11 03:31 PM

Felicitaciones ! las fotos son mágnificas . Lástima que la mayoría reflejen el dolor , violencia y miseria que existe en nuestro mundo .

Posted by Fernanda Barberis February 15, 11 03:51 PM


Its the same effect when shooting cars during a racing, only vertical. if you move the camera with the subjekt during the shoot, its in focus while the rest is dashed.

Posted by Simon February 15, 11 03:52 PM

incredible.. ne hayatlar yaşanıyor dünyada ve bunlar birer kareyle ne kadar da güzel yansıtılabiliyor.. bir yandan güzel fakat bir yandan çok acı.

Posted by Selim Günsor February 15, 11 04:30 PM

"I was almost afraid to keep scrolling, afraid what I will see next."

totally agree

Posted by cas February 15, 11 06:31 PM

The woman on picture no 1 is a human being portrait too, yet some people want a warning on her face... Would you like to make her wear a mask (or a hijab maybe) whenever she gets on the street ?
Remenbers me Elephant Man (though she has beautiful eyes).

Posted by pascalsaumon February 15, 11 07:20 PM

To everyone who says #1 should be censored:

You are saying that a living person's face should be hidden from view. That children should not be able to look at her. Think about what that means to her life.

Posted by bazarov February 15, 11 09:12 PM

Not an impressive collection for awards, with certain exceptions.

Posted by Rakesh February 15, 11 09:21 PM

These pictures were unbelievable and very informative. They weren't just pictures, they told stories. Well put together.

Posted by Jutta February 15, 11 09:37 PM

Pictures 1and 4: These photographers won prestigious photography award, by displayed the disfigured and sick faces of these young ladies. Question is, what do these girls stand to gain in return?

Isn't it too easy to win any award in the West? Just exhibit anything negative against Islam, or the instability and poverty in Asian and Black African countries.

From true photography sense, none of these pictures are truly impressive.

Posted by lizzie February 15, 11 10:25 PM

I can't believe people are calling for censorship/warnings on the photo of Bibi Aisha (#1).

Pictures of the dead or dying is one thing. But all the world needs to see what the Taliban did to this poor young girl.

You should all go to Google Images right now and enter her name. You will immediately see two Bibis - the sullen, sad-looking Bibi immediately post-defacement of course, but also a 2nd Bibi - post-reconstructive surgery, with a smile on her face in every photo!

The Taliban tried to take this girl's happiness away for life - and some reconstructive plastic surgeons in the West have given her another chance for it.

Which culture would you prefer to live under?

Posted by Greg (Los Angeles, California USA) February 15, 11 10:40 PM

If these are the best pictures of 2010 then photography has definitively gone down in quality.

None of these images will stay in my mind.

Some were good, some had great stories behind them but there has got to be better images from 2010. Seriously. I know I've seen way better ones from the earthquake in Haiti.

Posted by Joe M February 15, 11 10:42 PM

* * * the unvarnished truth !

Posted by matai February 16, 11 03:55 AM

I guess it is just me, but I am surprised to not find a single smiling face as the subject of any photograph.

Posted by Saurabh February 16, 11 04:15 AM

mind blowing...

Posted by Raxi February 16, 11 07:16 AM

woooow i like it

Posted by fahad ansari February 16, 11 07:43 AM

#1 is beyond sad. But I think it's an important, consciousness-raising photo. How many other Afghan women have suffered the same or similar fate? How many other women in the world are subjected to brutality? We need to stand with them and implore our governments to be committed to human rights.

Posted by tangobob February 16, 11 09:53 AM

Wow. Reality can be very awakening for the soul and emotional being. To capture realities as these is a double edge sword where you want to know but not necessarily want to see. Then its there. Undeniably real. Seeing makes it real for the voyeur and the passive life. We really do have much to be greatful for.

Posted by Jennifer C February 16, 11 11:03 AM

Great collection of images and Opinions! All this talk of religion is giving God a bad name. Man kind is judged on it's actions with only religion taking the blame. God/Religion has nothing to answer for. Mankind on a whole has ran out of excuses.

Posted by Paul Hames February 16, 11 11:57 AM

Strong fotos ...

Posted by Jorge Pulido February 16, 11 12:44 PM

@ #11 just not right tossing that little kid like that!

Posted by david benjamin February 16, 11 02:13 PM

Cheer up everyone, the girl in photo #1 has had reconstructive surgery and a brand new nose, and is beautiful again (there's an article about her somewhere on the net). Sadly, the same cannot be said for countless others, disfigured by knives or acid attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia etc (yes, because acid attacks don't happen only in Muslim countries, but in many poor places where women are subjugated and seen as a commodity)

Posted by kkia February 16, 11 04:09 PM

Amazing fotos... and Paul Hames, your comment told it all.

Posted by John S. February 16, 11 04:31 PM

First, how come picture No. 1 doesn't have a disclaimer while the other violent pictures have? Second, picture No. 1 says that the U.S. Military helped the Afghani girl? What a propaganda!!!!

Posted by Nour Nasser February 16, 11 05:14 PM

number 16 is such a powerful image it proves that you don't need color to tell a story

Posted by scott phillips February 16, 11 05:38 PM

I find it ironic that the same people shocked by, but applauding this winning photo are the same ones who insist no-one should speak out against Islam.

Posted by Cybacat February 16, 11 06:25 PM

I think #1 needs to be seen~ Injustice should be uncovered, no matter where it takes place.

Posted by jackie February 16, 11 07:56 PM

great job

Posted by vaizk February 16, 11 08:01 PM

WPPs blow me away every year.. must be shared!

Posted by Lauren Santarossa February 16, 11 08:51 PM

I cant believe # 1 and 17 happen in 2010. Its so sad.

Posted by Brittany February 16, 11 11:33 PM

I firmly believe that if every human being could fully experience, just for 24 hours, the entirety of the suffering that occurs on our planet in a single day, the idea of an all-seeing, all-loving God would vanish like a rainbow at sunset.

Posted by Brian Garrett February 16, 11 11:42 PM

Photo #1 did not need a disclaimer as some people have stated, simply because of the fact that it has been published in the mainstream media for some time now.
Besides, it is a photo of a young woman with horrible, albeit, healed injuries, not dead bodies or fresh flowing blood.
To those who would rather not see these kinds of graphic images, perhaps this is not the blog for you?
This is, after all, the real world and maybe more people to need to accept that and stop trying to "avert their eyes" like ostriches in the sand.

Posted by Terry February 16, 11 11:51 PM

#17 makes me feel complete & utter sadness for the waste of a life (lives), especially a child.
#18 granted, it's an amazing shot, but another very sad image of a waste of a life.
They are all remarkable images and some touched my heart more than others. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Posted by Karen Duder February 17, 11 12:09 AM

wow wow.................................

Posted by nabin February 17, 11 02:03 AM

good job man , i liked the photo .

Posted by jowhar February 17, 11 02:06 AM

excellent for school childrens. forward to khusbu dwija and urvil

Posted by Anonymous February 17, 11 05:42 AM

#17 almost made me cry...

Posted by Reynald February 17, 11 06:14 AM

on est loin du pays des bisounours !!! puisque beaucoup se trouvent mal en France --- qu'ils aillent donc faire un p'tit tour dans ces pays ensoleillés!

Posted by dégouté des humains February 17, 11 07:25 AM

#18 I mean no disrespect but is it just me or does it look really fake? I mean who falls of a tower in flames with their hangs like that?

Posted by Spes February 17, 11 08:16 AM

this should've been a contest for the most depressing pictures gah....

Posted by Anonymous February 17, 11 08:54 AM


Posted by Vini Russo February 17, 11 09:53 AM

great and sad at once...

Posted by anon February 17, 11 01:13 PM

Thank you for showing the photos.

Posted by Doug Shepherd February 17, 11 03:16 PM

Some magnificent work here. Truly inspirational and thought provoking!
Congratulations Jodi Bieber.

Posted by Alex Verhagen February 17, 11 03:34 PM

The first photo should never be censored. This is one of the awful things that humans do to each other, unfortunately, and it need to be exposed as wrong and never hidden away.

Posted by NJC February 17, 11 05:03 PM

Beautiful photos! Sad, but sobering! I think they were well chosen.
In response to Richard #154 and Colleti #159, comparing something that happened 500 years ago for a brief moment in European history, with something has been been happening continuously in Islam for more than 1000 years is not exactly conducive to your point. And although I do think that organized religion is a bad idea in general and even more so when used as a basis of government, I can easily point to religions without such atrocities. How about Buddhism? Taoism? Shintoism? Even Scientology for that matter. (if you exclude Tom Cruise, of course).
And I think that you are both missing the point entirely. So what if atrocities have happened (and may still happen) in other religions? That does not make Islam any less wrong for not only condoning this kind of behavior but actively encouraging it in some places. And this is not some isolated nut who did this to Bibi. Similar incidents are happening in Yemen, stonings in Iran, honor killings in Turkey and Pakistan, etc. You add up the extremists in these countries, you come up with about 500 million (and that's only assuming that Turkey and Iran have just a small percentage of extremism ... say 30%). That's about 40% of the Muslim population of the world (and I didn't even include any Saudis in this group, although I clearly should). So at what point are we allowed to openly express our opinion and say outright that there is something seriously wrong with Islam (at least with 40% of it, which is quite a lot in my opinion) without offending someone? I for one have had enough of the delicate sensibilities of those who can do this to a woman. It's time we do away with political correctness and learn that the truth is supposed to sting a bit once in a while. If it didn't, there would be little incentive to ever change. A bit like the photos above. The cruel, raw and haunting truths which they portray instigate changes in anyone who sees them. It's the reason why they are sad ... but great. They affect your soul. And that is exactly what great art is supposed to do.

Posted by James February 17, 11 05:16 PM

unbelieveable... these pix will effect ur soul.....

Posted by zohaib khan February 18, 11 03:54 AM

Re photo no. 15, I thought the population of North Korea were undernourished or near starvation levels. So (only a suggestion) they could help their plight and the rest of the civilised World by eating the Country's elite, starting with the obviously well fed Kim Jong Un!

Posted by auldain February 18, 11 07:26 AM

@ Comment 200, Spes:

#18 Not fake, I've seen the scene myself while a firefighter was trying to negotiate with the guy. Luckily, I left by the time he jumped off, I've seen in in TV later..

Posted by ahabkapitany February 18, 11 09:15 AM

Amazing! this was a jow dropping series of photos.

Posted by Melanie February 18, 11 09:20 AM

Beautifully said James! Great art is supposed to have an impact. To break your routine. To stir a debate. To haunt you and to provoke you. From the comments I see here, I think most of these pictures have certainly left their mark on people.

Posted by Rosslyn Thompson February 18, 11 11:32 AM

Many of the photos are full of ideologies.
#11 the only thing i see in the boy's eyes is emptiness, void. but he has to be Russian?

Posted by Benjamin Shi February 18, 11 11:51 AM

Bibi Aisha is still beautiful. just look at her eyes.
Lovely photographs, all of them.
the artists have captured and portrayed the essence of their subjects wonderfully.

Posted by roy February 18, 11 01:16 PM

These photos are all amazing in their own way, and I don't think of myself as squeamish in any sense, but a disclaimer of violence or inappropriate material is one thing, if it has to do with a dead baby or child, then there should be another disclaimer on that. I know if my wife, who has a very strong constitution, was watching over my shoulder or was turned onto these photos from another source, #17 would devastate her. It definitely made me hurt inside grievously for the loss of a young unfulfilled life.

Posted by LiamBrewster February 19, 11 12:32 AM

Absolutely marvelous & stunning

Posted by Baidurjya Ghosh February 19, 11 03:41 AM

how can some obnoxious people claim to warn about #1 picture? Then what, lock her up at home so she doesn't "disturb" anybody in public?

how selfish for your own little feelings, shame on you after what that girl had to endure...

other people complain about lack of flowers or joyful things in this post. Well "world press" is the title...

Posted by ben wilhelmi February 19, 11 02:19 PM

23...for so much white, i love the change from white to light blue. VERY beautiful.

Posted by Tenebris Visuals February 19, 11 07:50 PM

awesome collection again ...
thanks for bringing it to us.... some photos are sad ...
# 14 is hilarious ....

Posted by yogesh February 20, 11 02:13 AM

@ poster #153,
I was thinking exactly the same thing while reading the numerous comments before yours stating that #1 should have had a disclaimer. How about this young victim who has to live with this? Would we, literally, add insult to injury by grimacing and turning our heads away if we met her?

On another note: 153 comments, none on #10. Talk about great timing. . . That’s my favorite (well, minus the violence).

Posted by Luciennepierre February 20, 11 07:39 AM

Honestly, I'm less then impressed by the photographic level of the prize winning photos.

Posted by Boris, TLV February 20, 11 03:49 PM

Some have commented that #1 should have a disclaimer and I disagree. If she did not have the means given to her to have reconstructive surgery would you have looked away in disgust as she walked past you down the street? Or told her that she should cover it to save your privileged eyes?

Posted by Kim February 20, 11 04:17 PM

Extraordinary photos. Even the one's with warnings. All of these photos cause a series of responses within our brain. It was definitely rollercoaster for the mind.

Posted by Haydn February 20, 11 05:25 PM


Posted by Yaz February 21, 11 01:34 AM

Photo 1 should not have a disclaimer. This is her face and this is what she looks like. Would you expect her to wear something to cover her face as she walks down the street? This is her reality and you should be aware of it, look at her and let it be a reminder of how very fortunate you are.

These photo's are incredible. I feel so grateful for everything I have.

God bless you all and may we some day find peace.

Posted by Yasmin Hood February 21, 11 02:06 AM

Excellent work all photos are having its own identity. Some photos r sad but great work.exraordinary.
Thanks for bringing it to us.
Thank you

Posted by Ranjeet Solanki February 21, 11 02:41 AM

Extraordinary photographs,brain stimulating and mind blowing.

Posted by Mahesh Mohan Panda February 21, 11 03:59 AM

Nothing should be censored here. The worse you feel, the more it shows how in need other people are.

Posted by Yuen-Chi Lian February 21, 11 04:15 AM

Incredible pictures, congratulations to the winners! Absolutely stunning, all of them! Good job!

Posted by Aaron February 21, 11 12:16 PM


Posted by clarissa February 21, 11 12:49 PM

wovvvvvvvvv....awesome pictures,Great collection. Mind blowing...

Posted by navinprabhu February 22, 11 12:39 AM


Posted by nazri February 22, 11 02:09 AM

good photos of bad world that we live in nowadays.

Posted by rafael February 22, 11 09:04 AM

I think #17 and #18 are quite insensitive and should not be considered for award. In my opinion photographing a suicide is inappropriate and shows the selfish nature of many photographers (sensationalizing an otherwise sad story). The description of #17 should include that the body being thrown is in fact a child. Although there are many gruesome images that can give us an idea of how bad a particular situation is, this image is over the top disgusting. If someone really wanted to consider how you get rid of thousands of bodies in a hurry, I'm sure they would have realized there was some tossing involved - no need to provide photographic evidence.

Posted by Smark February 22, 11 11:12 AM

Number 1 should be censored???? give me a break!!!! no, it should not be censored!!! the other pics was handled perfectly....a warning before viewing....excellent pictures and very well presented!
GW Hibbard
Bend, OR

Posted by GW Hibbard February 22, 11 04:27 PM

..... #17 ... these people have no respect for the dead ... its shocking !

Posted by Sayuri February 23, 11 01:43 AM

The first picture reflect an act of babarism,though it happend in Aghanistan,itdoes not have anything to do with is through that islam is religion of peace,so there for any individual that act contrry to its rules only act on his own.iit could haPpen n any country any where in the world and please that islam can never support such an act.its an abuse on all women, this should stop!

Posted by salawu mariam February 23, 11 03:04 AM

beautiful ...........................................

Posted by bishnu February 23, 11 04:03 AM

#10 looked like it hurt in the mouth

Posted by yo mama February 23, 11 10:11 AM

aww this is so sad

Posted by dock February 23, 11 10:11 AM

OMG!!!!!! #18 made me cry and #4 was sooooo sad....... ;...( but i love it in the mouth!!!!!!!!!)

Posted by Butsniffer2000 February 23, 11 10:11 AM

Amazing but gruesome photography

Posted by Richard Enochson February 23, 11 12:59 PM

#17 should not b seen by the public eyes

Posted by Anonymous February 23, 11 06:58 PM

all photos very very excelant.but some photos not open

Posted by Dominic Savio February 24, 11 02:00 AM

Cette jeune afghane est magnifique et ce malgré l'horrible mutilation dont elle a été victime.

Posted by Marie-Jeanne February 24, 11 12:26 PM

I'm sorry, but # 17 and 18 are pretty disgusting. I know a picture is supposed to tell a story but c'mon, really? Those people are somebodys baby no matter how old they get. And they're DEAD or dying...don't flaunt it and say it's "art" it's not. It shows how disgusting and demented some people are if they want to "snap" that for the sake of "art". #17 looks like it was a think the person "throwing" him could've been a little more respectful considering they probably saw first hand what had just happened. Terrible.

Posted by Tasha February 24, 11 01:46 PM

It's not art... it goes beyond art. Photographs are here to report facts as raw and crude as it can. I understand it is shocking and not something we'd like to see in 2011, but that's what some people live days after days and that would be hypocritical to look away and say we did not know.
I find that #17 is so shocking that and mind blowing that it deserved to have been selected.But, that's only my personal feelings

Nevertheless, all great pictures!

Posted by vmo February 24, 11 10:29 PM

arriba mexico lol jajja

Posted by Anonymous February 25, 11 08:04 PM

Nice photography. All thanks goes to the dedicated photographers.

my salute to all of them.

Ashwani Tiwari

Posted by Ashwani Tiwari February 26, 11 12:20 AM

Most of These images show just how sad of a world we still live in. Most of them should never have to happen.
#1, 2, 5, and 17 to be exact.

Posted by Timothy February 26, 11 05:01 PM

For the mutilated Lady By Islam, Mohammed condons this even today. Jesus never did and would never. DONT Put the two together. One is cruelty by man allowed by a deity. The other is cruelty by man not allowed by deity !

Posted by Steve Woodruff February 27, 11 03:03 AM

Shocking and beautiful. Every year its new(s).

Posted by Cuban Wilde February 27, 11 07:35 AM

I love the flying cholitas. Wearing dresses and cute shoes and getting absolutely horizontal on that kick! I would like to see soccer moms doing this for fundraisers.

Posted by Monica Diehl February 27, 11 12:23 PM

# 8, I cannot look away! ! Mesmerizing, dreamlike, a breathtaking stolen glimpse caught in time, from an otherwise ordinary moment.

And a perfect use of the camera's delayed shutter.
A wealthy hollywood studio could not remake this instant.

THIS is what photography is all about!

Posted by Peter February 27, 11 12:34 PM

Amazing........mind blowing pic........................

Posted by vishal February 27, 11 01:03 PM

I love the photos, however the first picture impressed me because it's a little bit scary, there are very bad people in the world .....
Jessica Silva 10 F

Posted by Anonymous February 28, 11 05:58 AM

Las fotos estan increíbles pero por lo mismooo

porque cada año las fotos están siendo de mas miseria y stiuaciones que reflejen lo banal que puede llegar a ser el hombre?

Una lástima que no tengamos nada mas que mostrar :(

Posted by Marina February 28, 11 04:46 PM

If any1 says dat coz of some ppl islam is barbaric/violent. Then da most barbaric/violent religion shud b christanity coz the greatest barbarics aka hitler, stalin, napolean, bush were christians...

Posted by Diaz February 28, 11 11:53 PM

Though the woman's disfigured face is a bit upsetting, as is her tragic story, let's not rush to blame Islam. Islam preaches nothing of the like, and there are similar stories of cruelty from people of all races and religion.
That being said, Bibi Aisha's portrait absolutely deserves to be the winner of the World Press Photo contest. The beauty of a picture is in what it portrays, and her portrait accurately depicts the cruelty she has endured, and also the beauty that she possesses.
To censor that picture would be to label her an outcast, or some sort of freak in our society. Now what would that say about we as a people?

Posted by Omar March 1, 11 11:23 AM

Do not blame religion, faith, for the 1rst picture, theses things are superior to the human mind. Blame the irrationality of our race.
To the ones that say: "Not even animals do that!" You're wrong... They do this all the time, for silly motives. They mutilate themselves because of food demands, sex partners or even resting spots...

This picture just prove that we aren't better than any irrational being...

Great collection!
The pain of our existence is what make these pictures so profound.

Posted by M.A March 2, 11 07:57 PM

Merely feeling shocked or disturbed by an image does not warrant censorship.

Posted by Abigail March 3, 11 11:34 AM

You are rearly great and very intelligent. I proud of you. Thanks

Posted by M Asif March 4, 11 11:25 AM

you r the best photograph in my life.

Posted by bharat March 5, 11 12:30 AM

Amazing photos..

Posted by Anurag Chaudhari March 5, 11 08:09 AM

increibles las fotos, desdde lo mas triste hasta lo mas alegre como la pelea de cholitas

Posted by julio March 6, 11 05:56 PM

Not very impressive...

Posted by MK March 8, 11 03:59 AM

waw really strange

Posted by min karki March 8, 11 10:31 AM

Amazing snaps.. and like some one said.. they arent just pictures but stories being told...

Posted by Divya March 9, 11 12:25 AM

Great snaps.. most of them!

Posted by Shivendra March 9, 11 11:24 AM

absolute awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think these are the best photos i have seen......

Posted by Himanshu Arora March 9, 11 01:38 PM

amazing photos, must watch to see whats happening around the world.

Posted by uday karthik March 9, 11 11:52 PM

some bad photo,some good photo

Posted by peter March 11, 11 02:30 AM

@Joe M: If none of these images will stick in your mind, maybe this means that people in general are way too desensitized to the realities around the world. These are gutsy, amazing and beautiful photos. Look a little harder instead of yawning and scrolling through these on your Macbook in your safe little corner office in Wherever, USA.

Posted by Pat K March 11, 11 01:07 PM

What necessity will have us do !

Posted by Audley Hitchins March 11, 11 04:17 PM

all the bast photo

Posted by imam bintang March 14, 11 04:37 AM

Wow.........amazing pictures. I'm not sure about the one of the suicide and the one of the child being thrown out are something that should be photographed. I think its shocking and thought provoking but how much is too much? How horrible it must be for the people who loved that child to see a picture like that or to see someone you love photographed while committing suicide?

Posted by Billie Landrum March 14, 11 10:43 AM

all are amazing...............

Posted by MA March 19, 11 01:57 PM

translating Reality in Pictures.....

Posted by KAMAL April 1, 11 01:20 AM

that was so cool

Posted by laura April 7, 11 07:09 PM

Gr8 Photo.. I like them all.

Posted by matty Khiangte April 10, 11 03:50 PM

Vare nice all image...............

Posted by Shakawat Shakil April 16, 11 03:26 PM

#20 not from the Earth . . . magic ashes . . .

Posted by Marutzia May 7, 11 08:40 PM
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