Australian freelance photographer Warren Richardson’s haunting, moonlit image of a baby being passed by migrants underneath a razor-wire fence on the Hungary-Serbia border won the prestigious World Press Photo award for 2015, organizers announced Thursday. The contest drew 82,951 images from 5,775 photographers.
The black and white photo — which was never published — was taken by Warren Richardson on August 28 near the border crossing point at Röszke in Hungary as migrants tried to get into Europe before Hungarian authorities could complete a secure fence along the length of the country’s border with Serbia. Needing to preserve his camera’s battery, Richardson did not see the image until he returned to Budapest and began editing his pictures.
“Had I used a flash, I would have given their position away to the Hungarian police,” said Richardson, who camped out for days on the border to document the passage of the migrants. Richardson says the photo “causes you to stop and consider the man’s face, consider the child. You see the sharpness of the barbed wire and the hands reaching out from the darkness.”
The premier award for the World Press Photo of the Year carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros. In addition, Canon presents the Australian photographer with the recently launched Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera and lens kit.
via AP and worldpressphoto.org