Paul Hansen wins World Press Photo 2012

Paul Hansen wins World Press Photo 2012


Today, February 15th, it was announced by the international jury of the 56th annual World Press Photo contest that a picture by Swedish photojournalist Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter has been selected as the World Press Photo of the Year 2012.

The picture shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City. They are being taken to a mosque for the burial ceremony while their father’s body is carried behind on a stretcher. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their mother was put in intensive care. The picture was made on 20 November 2012 in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories.

Comments on the winners by the jury

Mayu Mohanna, jury member from Peru, said of Paul Hansen’s winning picture: “The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.”

Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at The Associated Press, spoke of the selection of prizewinners: “When I look at the results, as chair of the jury, I think that the World Press Photo of the Year, and all the other photos that were given prizes, were solid, stellar examples of first-rate photojournalism that is powerful, that is lasting, and that will reach whoever looks at them.”

The judging was conducted at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam. All entries were anonymously presented to the jury, who discussed their merits over a two-week period. The jury operates independently and a secretary without voting rights safeguards the fairness of the procedure. The contest drew entries from professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers across the world. By the mid-January deadline, 103,481 images had been submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries.

About Paul Hansen

Paul Hansen is a Swedish photojournalist and has worked for the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter since 2000. He has received numerous awards, including being named Photographer of the Year by POYi in 2010 and 2013, Photographer of the Year in Sweden seven times, and two first place awards from NPPA. He is based in Stockholm.

About the World Press Photo

World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.

December 2012 wallpaper – “Burning Flower”

December 2012 wallpaper – “Burning Flower”

December is rushing towards us and the world outside is already completely white here in Stockholm. The first snow has arrived, so it is time to bring back some color into our lives, or at least onto our desktops.

The December 2012 wallpaper is a photo of a Purple Cone-flower or Echinacea Purpurea from the Asteraceae family. The photo was taken in Stockholm in mid October this year.

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I hope this wallpaper will get you into the Christmas atmosphere.

November 2012 wallpaper

November 2012 wallpaper

While hurricane Sandy is rushing through the north-east of the USA leaving a trail of devastation in nature, here in Stockholm most of the leaves have already left the trees and autumn is in full swing.

The November 2012 wallpaper photo is rich with autumn colors displaying a recently fallen leaf. The photo was taken during the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Stockholm in the middle of October.

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Worldwide Photo Walk 2012

Worldwide Photo Walk 2012

Last weekend it was time again for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. On Saturday, October 13th 2012, it was the fifth time the walk was organized and the second time I participated. This time we had a fully booked group with 50 photographers joining our Stockholm walk. On the image above you see our walk-leader, Max Gennel, giving final instructions to the group before we kick-off our walk.

The route of the Stockholm walk.

Our walk led us through Vasastan towards and over Barnhus-bridge. We continued alongside the water, parallel Kungholmsstrand, on the north side of Kungsholmen all the way towards Ekelunds-bridge. From that point we walked over Karlbergsstrand into Vasastan again.

It was a rich walk with wonderful views over the city, beautiful sights over the water and plenty of autumn colored nature to photograph. After the walk we met up in a cozy restaurant, Oljebaren, and enjoyed a well deserved lunch.

Also this year it was great to meet and catch up with so many fellow photographers. A big thank you to our walkleader for a very well organized photo walk!

A few of my photos.

Below is a selection of the photos I shot during the walk:

Above: A panorama photo from Karlberg Palace. I stitched six photos together in Adobe Photoshop to create this panorama. The photo can also be viewed on the Panorama portfolio page. (click the image to enlarge)


Above: This is an HDR photo generated from three different exposures. (click the image to enlarge)


Above: Under Barnhus-bridge. (click the image to enlarge)


Above: One of the buildings of Karlberg Palace in autumn colors. (click the image to enlarge)


Above: Autumn is in full swing. (click the image to enlarge)


Above: Contrasting colors in this close-up photo of a flower. I just had a bit of fun with this one trying to create a strong graphical image with bright colors. (click the image to enlarge)

October 2012 wallpaper

October 2012 wallpaper

October 2012 free desktop calendar wallpaper

For the October 2012 wallpaper I have chosen an image of Stockholm. The photo is taken from Riddarholmen in central Stockholm overlooking Kungsholmen with a clear view on City Hall or Stadshuset (click the image above to view and download!).

During the photoshoot I also created a panorama view over Kungsholmen.

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