The winner of the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year was announced in February. The photo, Giza Burial, by Paul Hansen, definitely impressed the whole world. There is no wonder that it was elected the winner of such a prestigious photography contest.
Paul Hansen is a Swedish photographer and a famous artist. His work, Giza Burial, presents a group of men carrying the bodies of two children. The innocent young children were killed in an airstrike through Gaza City. The picture was shot on November 20, 2012.
Soon after the moment when this photo won the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year, debates began on the authenticity of Paul Hansen’s work. Neal Krawetz, a forensic image analyst, claimed that the photo actually is a composite of many images. There are 3 photos which are claimed to have been used by the Swedish photographer to create the impressive picture. The most argued aspect is the excessive lighting of the men’s faces in this photo. Naturally, Paul Hansen denied all allegations.
The World Press Photo of the Year is one of the most prestigious photography contents of the moment. World Press still backs up the author of this image, saying that Paul Hansen has already explained how he worked on the image and there is no doubt in the fact that it is accurate. Digital experts have confirmed this, so Paul’s title wasn’t redrawn. However, this did not put an end to all the claims saying his winning photograph is not authentic.
Paul Hansen is a photojournalist based in Stockholm, Sweden. He covered events in Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan, his work always managing to impress in a unique manner. In fact, his visual storytelling has brought Paul Hansen numerous awards, including the Picture of the Year and the Photographer of the Year. What do you think about Paul Hansen’s photo?
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