Photo of the Year Prize to Spencer Platt of Getty Images

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By: E&P Staff

Spencer Platt of Getty Images has won the 50th annual “World Press Photo of the Year” honor for a picture he took in Lebanon last summer.

The color shot by Platt, a U.S. photographer, shows a group of affluent young Lebanese people driving through a South Beirut neighborhood devastated by Israeli bombs. The photo was taken on Aug. 15, the first day of the Israel-Hezbollah ceasefire when thousands of Lebanese began returning to their homes.

“It’s a picture you can keep looking at,” said World Press Photo jury chair Michele McNally, assistant managing editor for photography at The New York Times. “It has the complexity and contradiction of real life, amidst chaos.”

This year, 4,460 professional photographers from 124 countries entered 78,083 images in the competition.

Platt will receive his award and a cash prize of 10,000 euros at an April 22 awards ceremony in Amsterdam. Also, Canon will donate a Canon Pro SLR camera to Platt.

The ceremony will be preceded by a three-day program of lectures, discussions, and screenings of photography. In addition, three April 24-June 17 exhibits will show the annual award-winning pictures, a selection of Platt’s work, and photos about climate change in Africa by African photojournalists.

Getty Images’ clients include newspapers.

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