Stuff happens every day all around the world. Some affects us directly, some doesn't.
2013 had its fair share of bad shit - the recent civil war in Syria, typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines, and the massacre at the Westgate mall in Kenya - and with so many terrible tragic events, the World Press Photo of the Year judging committee must have had their jobs cut out sifting through piles of the fucking harrowing. #FuckingHarrowingFieldDay
I'm not going to throw 10,000 words in this post on what makes good Press photography - but it is definitely not pure shock or invoking guilt. If you want to see morbid photos of dead emaciated people, there are tonnes of websites out there full of corpses.
Effective photojournalism tells compelling narratives.
It's great to see the winner this year by John Stanmeyer doesn't rely on a crying widow or a poor bugger with his face hanging off. It tells a really interesting story that makes me want to find out more.
(images+captions from BJP-online.com)
World Press Photo of the Year 2013: 26 February 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East © John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic
1st Prize Spot News Single: Survivors of typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa, on the eastern island of Leyte. One of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left 8,000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines © Phillipe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse
Massacre at a Kenyan Mall. Second Prize Spot News (stories): A woman and children hiding in the Westgate mall. They escaped unharmed after gunmen had opened fire at the upscale Nairobi mall on 21 September 2013. At least 39 people were killed in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history © Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times