A striking photograph, taken by a Swedish photographer, of grieving men carrying Palestinian children's bodies through the streets of Gaza has been awarded the prestigious 2012 World Press Photo Award
The photograph was taken in November 2012 by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen, working for the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. It shows men carrying the bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his three-year-old brother Muhammed to the mosque. Both were killed along with their father when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City. Their mother remains unconscious in hospital.
The above image is a handout copy of the photo released by World Press Photo Awards, who have given the prestigious award to the photographer Hansen. A larger version of the photo can be viewed here.
The World Press Photo website says of the photo, "Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher."
And described the photographer as follows: "Paul Hansen is a Swedish photojournalist and has worked for the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter since 2000. He has received numerous awards, including being named Photographer of the Year by POYi in 2010 and 2013, Photographer of the Year in Sweden seven times, and two first place awards from NPPA. He is based in Stockholm."
"This prize is the highest honor you can get in the profession," Hansen told the media, "I'm very happy, but also very sad. The family lost two children and the mother is unconscious in a hospital."
Hansen told Dagens Nyheter, "I don’t remember the exact moment when I took the picture. I remember the heat, the smell of sweat. I remember all the screams; it was like a wave of sorrow."
World Press Photo is one of photojournalism's most prestigious competitions. This year awards were given in nine categories to 54 photographers of 32 nationalities. A total of 103,481 images were submitted for the contest by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries.
Hansen's won a €10,000 prize as well as an exhibition in April in Amsterdam.