A great photograph does many things. It inspires, moves, fascinates, and engages us. It also tells a story. One image that does all of this and much more is the winner of the 54th annual World Press Photo Contest.
After a staggering 100,000 images were submitted to the contest from 5847 photographers, representing 125 different nationalities, this truly world class, international competition – judged by 19 picture editors, curators and photographers from around the globe – came to one conclusive result.
Conveying inner strength and beauty as well as a shocking, yet inspirational story, this shot captured the attention of the world when it was splashed all over the front cover of Time magazine last August.
Jodi Bieber, South Africa /Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for TIME Magazine.
South African photographer, Jodi Bieber was awarded the accolade of World Press Photo of the Year 2010 for this immensely powerful image, taken with her Nikon D3, of Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old Afghan woman was punished by a Taliban court in her village for fleeing her violent husband.
When she met Bibi, Jodi says she was moved not only by her inner beauty, but also her internal force and resolve, “I really wanted to catch her inner strength and power and not portray her in a vulnerable way… I didn’t want to show her as a victim.”
The good news is that Bibi has been taken to America, where she now lives, and has received counselling and will receive reconstructive surgery. As for Jodi, she continues to search the globe with her Nikon D3, sharing people’s stories and giving a voice to individuals worldwide.
What iconic photos have you seen recently? Check out the other photos submitted at the 54th World Press Photo Contest here.
Photo settings: D3, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G, ISO 800, 1/40 at f/3.2