155 images that will make you reflect on things in the World Press Photo Madrid

For the seventh consecutive year, World Press Photo will open its doors in Madrid. The most important photojournalism contest in the world can be visited in the headquarters of COAM. This edition has 155 photos selected from over 82,000 photos submitted to the contest in which 42 photographers from 21 different nationalities take part.

Through images, we are shown a summary of events that occurred in 2015, and are invited to reflect on the most notable events that took place throughout the world: the refugee crisis and its exodus in Europe, the earthquake in Nepal, the attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo… as well as other lesser known but striking stories such as the report carried out between 2008 and 2015 on the life of those living in the inaccessible North Korea.


The winner of this edition, Australian photographer Warren Richardson, with “Hope for a New Life” taken on 28 August 2015 at the border between Serbia and Hungary. This image shows how a baby is handed through a hole in a razor wire barrier to a Syrian refugee who has already managed to cross the border.

©Warren Richardon – Esperanza para una nueva vida

©Warren Richardon – Esperanza para una nueva vida

The first prize for single photographs in the category of contemporary issues is for Chinese photographer, Zhang Lei, with “Haze in China”, taken on 10 December 2015. This image shows a cloud of smog hanging over Tianjin.


©Zhang Lei – Haze in China

The second prize in this category has been given to Adriane Ohanesian, for her photo “The Forgotten Mountains of Sudan”, taken on 27 February 2015. The photo shows a 7-year-old child who was badly burned when a bomb was dropped.

Adam Abdel, age 7, was badly burned when a bomb, dropped on February 12 by a Sudanese government’s Antonov plane, landed next to his family’s home in Burgu, Central Darfur, Sudan, February 27, 2015.

©Adriane Ohanesian – The Forogotten Mountains of Sudan

The second prize for stories in the People category was given to Daniel Ochoa de Olza, with his photo “The Maya Tradition”. The feast of Las Mayas, in Colmenar Viejo, has its origins in pagan ritual. It is held annually at the beginning of May, to celebrate spring.

©Daniel Ochoa de Olza – La Maya Tradition

©Daniel Ochoa de Olza – La Maya Tradition