Warren Richardson wins World Press Photo of the Year 2015
The award honours the skills and creativity of a photographer who has best represented an event or issue of great journalistic importance over the last 12 months, with this year’s winning image capturing refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary at night
Based in Budapest, Hungary, freelance Australian photographer Richardson took the grainy black-and-white photograph in August last year, near Horgoš (Serbia) and Röszke (Hungary).
The photograph, entitled Hope for a New Life, pictures a man and baby who were part of a movement of people aiming to cross into Hungary before the secure fence was completed. The tense yet subtle shot, captures the hurried yet delicate moment of the baby being passed through barbed wire, symbolic of the current wider crisis yet also timeless in it’s sentiment. The powerful image offsets the surrounding confusion of the blurry landscape with the sharpness of the blades and the man’s exhausted expression.
“I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night,” Richardson describes. “I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”
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Written by Adam Lee Davies. Illustration by Think Strange