Mads Nissen Wins World Press Photo of the Year 2014 Award
Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 Award for his intimate photograph of a gay couple. The photograph of Jon and Alex in St. Petersburg, Russia, where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) community are met with social and legal discrimination and even harassment and hate crime.
“The photo has a message about love being an answer in the context of all that is going on in the world. It is about love as a global issue, in a way that transcends homosexuality. It sends out a strong message to the world, not just about homosexuality, but about equality, about gender, about being black or white, about all of the issues related to minorities,” said jury member Alessia Glaviano.
His photograph was selected as the winner from 97,912 entries that were submitted by 5692 photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers. Apart from winning Photo of the Year 2014 Award, the image also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category. It is a part of a larger work by Mads Nissen called Homophobia in Russia.
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