Two African photographers lifted three awards in the 2012 World Press Photo Awards! Mohammed al-Law from Egypt gained a third prize singles in the “People in the News” category for his picture of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak being taken to courtroom trial in a hospital bed.
South Africa’s Brent Stirton gained two first prizes. He won first prize for a single shot in the category “Contemporary Issues” for a portrait of a drug addict and sex worker in the Ukrain. And he won first prize for a photo story in the “Nature” category on the plight of rhinos. No stranger to winning, Brent has won several World Press Photo awards in the past as well as a host of other awards including a Visa D’or at the Visa Pour L’ image Festival in France for Magazine photography.
In addition to Africans lifting three prizes, another 8 photographers took Africa as their subject matter – 5 covering the subject of the Arab Spring in Libya and Egypt (Alex Majoli – Italy, Remi Ochlik – France, Yuri Kozyrev – Russia, Eduardo Castaldo – Italy, and Jan Dago – Denmark) and 3 covering other subject matter including a picture of a woman fishing on the Congo river (Johnny Hagland – Norway), a picture of Dakar fashion week (Vincent Boisot – France) and a disturbing shot taken in South Africa of Afrikaaner youth being trained in military techniques (Ilvy Njiokiktjien – The Netherlands).