Awards testament to Getty Images’ extraordinary and diverse roster of photojournalists
London, UK – 12 February, 2015: Getty Images’ photographer Al Bello and Reportage by Getty Images’ photojournalist Giulio Di Sturco have been awarded honours at World Press Photo, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.
Al Bello, Getty Images Chief Photographer, receives second prize in the Sports category for his work titled The Beckham Catch, which depicts Odell Beckham of the New York Giants making a one-handed touchdown catch last November. This is the second year running Al has been recognised at World Press Photo, receiving an award last year in the Sports Action category.
Reportage by Getty Images’ photojournalist, Giulio Di Sturco receives first prize in the Contemporary Issues field for his image titled Chollywood, which showcases the filming of a TV series at Hengdian Studios, the world’s largest film studios, in China. This is the first World Press Photo award for the Italian photographer.
Getty Images Reportage photographer Charles Ommanney has also been awarded with second prize in the Long Feature category for his documentary titled ‘The Fence.’ The documentary was edited and produced by Andrew Hida, who also works with Getty Images Reportage as a freelance video/multimedia editor.
Mark Metcalfe, a freelance photographer with Getty Images, receives third place in the Sports Singles category for his work titled 63 Not Out, which depicts cricketer Phillip Hughes of South Australia being helped by New South Wales players after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground. Mark captured the image while on assignment for Getty Images.
The 2015 contest saw almost 98,000 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries worldwide.
In the last eight years alone, Getty Images’ photographers have been recognised with more than 30 awards at World Press Photo, with multiple accolades awarded to Al Bello. This includes Spencer Platt’s image of a group of young Lebanese driving through a Beirut neighbourhood, after an Israeli bombing, which received World Press Photo of the Year in 2006.
To view the winners of World Press Photo 2015, visit www.worldpressphoto.org
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