Dane Wins World Press Photo Award
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ A piercing black-and-white image of a wounded Kosovar Albanian refugee by Danish photographer Claus Bjorn Larsen won the World Press photo of the Year award today.
The picture was taken at a refugee camp in Kukes, Albania, on April 5, 1999, as masses of ethnic Albanians were fleeing the Yugoslav army crackdown in Kosovo during a NATO bombing campaign.
The photo earned the photographer the $6,800 top prize in one of the most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world.
Associated Press photographer Yuri Kozyrev won first prize in the General News Singles category with a photo of wounded Russian soldiers in Chechnya.
Yannis Behrakis, a Greek photographer with Reuters, won the General News Stories category with another photo on the violence in Kosovo.
In sports, Australian photographer Adam William Pretty took the first prize in the stories category with a black-and-white essay on a swimmer. Eric Larson of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal clinched the singles category with a shot of a surfer on the Costa Rican coast.
Another AP winner was Enric Marti of Spain, who won the Nature and Environment Singles category with an Aug. 18 shot of a burning oil refinery in Izmit, Turkey.
Judges received a total of 42,215 entries from 3,981 photographers in 122 countries.
Larsen will receive his award from Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok at an April 17 ceremony in Amsterdam.
The annual contest is sponsored by the non-profit World Press Foundation, based in the Dutch capital.