World Press Photo of the Year 2015 awarded for moonlight migrant portrait
Australian photographer Warren Richardson has won the 2015 World Press Photo of the Year. Richardson’s winning photo, taken on the night of August 28, 2015 at the Hungarian-Serbian border, shows a baby being passed through a barbed wire fence by a refugee.
Speaking about his photo, Richardson explained:
I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.
According to World Press Photo Foundation, the latest contest received 82,951 images from 5,775 photographers across 128 countries. A total of 41 photographers from 21 countries were awarded prizes across eight categories – see a few above (click for full captions) and a full gallery at World Press Photo’s website.