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On Friday, February 15, World Press Photo announced the winners of the 56th annual contest. The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories for what is considered one of the most prestigious photojournalism honors. CNN caught up with a few of the first place winners via e-mail to talk about their reactions and photographs.
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Bhopal residents fell victim to the world’s worst industrial disasters in December 1984, and for many, the nightmare isn’t over. Photographer Alex Masi visited Bhopal, India, and found children with neurological and physical defects after being exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals.
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So many women have come to work in Ivanovo, Russia, that it has been dubbed the “city of brides.” For a year, student photographer Alena Zhandarova used social media to find women living in her hometown, the country’s once-textile capital.
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In 2010, photographer Maxim Dondyuk met a man with tuberculosis of the bowels in Ukraine. "A week later, I was with him in the last hours of his life. He could not move and talk; his body was like a skeleton covered with skin," he said. A Ukrainian native, Dondyuk has documented the issue in two regions.
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Pictures of the Year International announced Noor’s Yuri Kozyrev as the 2011 photographer of the year in the freelance/agency category last week. His winning image shows rebels running for cover on the road between Benghazi and Tripoli as Libyan forces dropped bombs.
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World Press Photo announced its 2011 photo contest winner: Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda’s image of a woman cradling a wounded relative in Yemen. This year’s judge chairman, Aidan Sullivan, talks about the process and what judges look for.
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Ever since a chance encounter with a homeless girl in London four years ago, amateur photographer Lee Jeffries has been taking portraits of people living on the streets of Europe and the United States. What started as a hobby has turned into a “personal crusade.”
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Last week Brad Vest was selected as the 66th College Photographer of the Year. He also placed first in the competition's documentary category for his series on Travis Simmons, who he met in 2009 on the day he was released into home confinement from a West Virginia state prison.