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Based in New York, David Friend served as Life magazine's director of photography during the 1990s. As a correspondent, he covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Lebanon and elsewhere. As a web editor, he established Life.com and VanityFair.com. In 2008, he co-curated Vanity Fair Portraits, winning the Lucie Award for curator of the year, together with Terence Pepper. David Friend served previously on the World Press Photo jury in 2009.
David Friend reflects on the task of judging the contest: “This year the world has experienced a series of upheavals. The Arab Spring’s mass protests that triggered regime change across the Middle East were made possible, in part, by digital imagery and social media. The devastation and loss brought on by Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and the ongoing ravages of radiation were documented in film and footage that continue to haunt us. The humanitarian crisis in Somalia would be a largely muted grace note were it not for photojournalists revealing the extent of that catastrophe. The telltale signs of a chaotic global economy appear in every news cycle on the fringes of countless stories. And through it all, new technologies have allowed diverse image-makers to express, experiment and expand our perspectives. The coming World Press Photo Contest will doubtless serve to remind us how the still photograph can help focus and anchor us in uncertain times.”
Judging takes place at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam from 28 January until 9 February 2012. The results of the contest will be announced on 10 February in a press conference at the Amsterdam City Hall and on the foundation’s website.
The 2012 World Press Photo Contest will be open for participants to enter their work from the beginning of December 2011. The deadline for submissions is 12 January 2012. Entries may only be submitted online. In the 2011 contest, a record number of 108,059 images was submitted to the contest. The number of participating photographers was 5,691, representing 125 different nationalities.
In 2011, World Press Photo held its first contest for multimedia production and a second edition of the contest will be held in 2012. Details about the multimedia contest will be announced later this year.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.
About World Press PhotoWorld Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism worldwide. We strive to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and for the free exchange of information. Our activities include organizing an annual contest, exhibitions, the stimulation of photojournalism through educational programs, and creating greater visibility for press photography through a variety of publications.
World Press Photo is run as an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where World Press Photo was founded in 1955.