Stefen Chow, Malaysia
Agency / Publication: Smithsonian magazine
Story behind this photo: 06 February 2012, Beijing, China: Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is active across a number of media, including sculpture, installation, architecture, photography and film. He is highly vocal in his criticism of the Chinese government’s record on democracy and human rights, and in his investigations of corruption and cover-up.
Award: 2nd Prize Prize People – Staged Portraits Single
Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium
Agency / Publication: Panos for Mercy Ships/De Standaard
Story behind this photo: 17 October 2012, Conakry, Guinea: Makone Soumaoro (30) “My neck doesn’t hurt, but I worry that it swells so much. I hope it is not a tumor, because I’m a housewife and my husband and children need me.” People receiving treatment on Africa Mercy, a hospital ship docked at Conakry, Guinea.
Award: 1st Prize People – Staged Portraits Stories
Christian Ziegler, Germany
Agency / Publication: None
Story behind this photo: 16 November 2012, Black Mountain Road, Queensland, Australia: A southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) feeds on the fruit of the blue quandong tree.
Award: 1st Prize Nature Single
Paul Nicklen, Canada
Agency / Publication: National Geographic magazine
Story behind this photo: 18 November 2011, Ross Sea, Antarctica: Swimming emperor penguins shoot to the water’s surface. The cloud of bubbles they create may help confuse predators.
Award: 1st Prize Nature Stories
Paul Hansen, Sweden
Agency / Publication: Dagens Nyheter
Story behind this photo: 20 November 2012, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: The bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, are carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City.
Award: World Press Photo of the Year 2012