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Chinese win seven prizes at World Press Photo Contest

2009-02-13 14:29:52 GMT2009-02-13 22:29:52 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Judoka Ange Mercie Jean-Baptiste at Beijing Olympic Games, 11 August. (Photo: Xiaoling Wu, Xinhua)

Xiaoling Wu

Rescue troops carry earthquake survivor, Beichuan County, China, 14 May (Photo: Chen Qinggang, Hangzhou Daily)

Chen Qinggang in Sichuan quake zone

Olympics on TV in Beijing (Photo: Zhao Qing,China Youth Daily)

Zhao Qing

BRUSSELS, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese photographers won seven awards at the prestigious World Press Photo Contest, the Amsterdam-based contest organizer announced on Friday.

Xiaoling Wu from China's Xinhua News Agency took first prize in the Sports Features singles category with his color image of an injured judoka at the Beijing Olympic Games in August last year. Zhao Qing with the China Youth Daily took first prize in the Sports Features section with 12 pictures showing the Olympics on TV in Beijing.

Chen Qinggan from Hangzhou Daily won first prize in the Spot News singles with a picture showing rescue troops carrying a survivor in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in the Chinese province of Sichuan in May.

Bo Bor with Reuters captured second prize in the Spot News singles, and Fu Yongjun from Hangzhou City Express also took second prize in the Nature stories section. Zhao Qing from Shenzhen Economic Daily bagged second prize in the General News section with a picture of Sichuan earthquake survivors.

In the Portraits category, Li Jiejun from the New Express Daily took third prize.

American photographer Anthony Suau won the top prize at the annual competition with his black-and-white picture showing a police officer enforcing eviction of a house in the United States after the residents failed to pay the mortgage.

His picture, part of a story commissioned by Time magazine, shows an armed officer moving through the home in Cleveland, Ohio, following the eviction. The officer's intense posture looked like he was in an armed conflict rather than a civil incident.

The picture was chosen as World Press Photo of the Year because of its strength in showing the opposites, jury chair MaryAnne Golon said.

"It looks like a classic conflict photograph, but it is simply the eviction of people from a house following foreclosure. Now war in its classic sense is coming into people's houses because they can't pay their mortgages," Golon said.

This year, a record 5,508 photographers from 124 countries and regions submitted more than 96,000 images in the contest.

The 13-member jury awarded prizes in 10 theme categories to 63 photographers of 27 nationalities.

The annual contest, which started in 1955, has been traditionally dominated by Western photographers. However in recent years participants from developing countries have been growing rapidly.

Chinese photographers have won a number of prizes in the past years, including the first prize in Nature singles last year. This year a record 490 Chinese photographers competed in the contest.

The awards ceremony will be held in Amsterdam on May 2. Top prize winner Suau will get a cash prize of 10,000 euro and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.

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