World Press Photo judges discuss emotion and content in winning images

The World Press Photo was founded in Amsterdam in 1955 and has become the world’s leading and most respected press photography contest, from which the winning photographs have been composed to travel the world to more than 80 venues in 45 countries. For over 60 years the organisations has been reflecting the world we live in. Its Annual Awards and the resulting exhibition travels the globe exposing us to the most important and diverse global events or happenings. Through the exhibition, millions of people have the opportunity to observe and reflect upon the individual expressions of talented photographers, often working in daring or difficult situations.

The British Journal of Photography has spoken to some of this year’s jury. Among the gruesome scenes of death and violence that featured strongly in this year’s winning images, one image stood out as a symbol of hope – an image of an African woman in a trash tip reading a book. Gemma Padley speaks to members of the jury to hear which images resonated strongly for them

“The image that moved me especially was of a woman reading a book, sitting among garbage,” says World Press Photo 2013 jury member Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator of photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. “It is a gorgeous image – so full of hope. News is not often filled with images of hope.”

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