Paul Hansen Wins World Press Photo

Feb 15, 2013
Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher. Photograph by Paul Hansen
Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher. Photograph by Paul Hansen

AMSTERDAM (February 15, 2013) - Last week photographer Paul Hansen from the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter won POYi's Newspaper Photographer of the Year title. Today, Hansen won the World Press Photo of the Year title with a dramatic image of a funeral procession in Gaza where the bodies of two children killed in an Israeli missile strike are carried down an alley in streams of reflective backlight.

The image won first place in World Press for Spot News as well as Photo of the Year.

Jim Estrin of The New York Times LENS blog interviewed Hansen, as well as World Press Jury chairman Santiago Lyon of The Associated Press, about the "powerful – almost stylized – lighting and tones" in Hansen's photographs.

Read what Hansen and Lyon say about the image, as well as their thoughts on post-processing, here in LENS.

The additional World Press Photo winners are online here.