Getty Images photojournalists Brent Stirton, Sara Lewkowicz, Chris McGrath, Ezra Shaw, Al Bello and Quinn Rooney have been awarded top honours at World Press Photo, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.
Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist Brent Stirton has received first place in the Staged Portrait Singles category, for his work titled ‘Blind Indian Albino Boys,’ which captures a group of boys at the Vivekananda Mission School for the Blind in West Bengal, India.
Sara Lewkowicz, a featured contributor with Reportage by Getty Images, has received first place in the coveted Contemporary Issues category for her work titled ‘A portrait of domestic violence,’ which explores this prevalent issue in a particular family in Ohio, United States.
Getty Images’ photographer Chris McGrath has also received a first place award in the General News category for his work documenting the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 17: A general view of the destroyed coastline in Taclaban City on November 17, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Getty Images’ photographer Ezra Shaw, received second place in Sports Action, Stories for his work around the America’s Cup, with Quinn Rooney receiving third place in the same category with imagery captured at the World Swimming Championships. Al Bello also received third in the Sport Action, Singles category for his tennis shot ‘Forehand Forward,’ which captures Novak Djokovic during the US Open.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill leads Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker at the start of race ten of the America's Cup Finalson September 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Emirates Team New Zealand won the race. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Richard Eliason of Australia competes in the Men's 100 Metre Breaststroke Multi Class during day four of the World Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre on April 29, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during his men's singles fourth round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain on Day Nine of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Jonathan Klein, CEO and co-founder, Getty Images says:"All of us at Getty Images are proud of our colleagues and friends selected for World Press Photo honours. Storytelling unites our shared humanity and is at the heart of our work at Getty Images. In this increasingly visual age, with the number of platforms for imagery growing rapidly, photojournalism is more powerful and important than ever before and we are committed to ensuring that important stories are told."
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 Brent Stirton, Chris McGrath and Ezra Shaw. 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.