Carlos Cazalis, Mexico, Corbis
Homeless, São Paulo, Brazil
Starting with more than 97,000 entries, the jury for the World Press Photo 2009 awards had to whittle that mountain of visual data down to 64 winning images (or series) that represent the best visual reporting of the past year’s global events.
The group of winning photos is, in some ways, a visual time capsule that touches on just a few of the noteworthy issues of 2008. Lens Culture is pleased to present the winning photographs here in a high-resolution slideshow, with captions identifying each photographer, the agency or media responsible for the image, and a brief explanation of what is depicted in each image.
Previous World Press Photo contest winners can be viewed in the Lens Culture Archives: 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.