On February 12th, the jury of the 53rd World Press Photo Contest announced the winners of the 2010 contest.
However, the images presented on the organizer's website are only available either in small, low- resolution JPEGs or larger ones that are heavily watermarked.
Fortunately, the Polish website fotopolis.pl (the same site that used to publish the articles I wrote for Black & White Photography magazine, translated into Polish by Lukasz Kacperczyk) has a collection of 21 winning photos in high resolution and without watermarks. Just go to the fotopolis World Press Photo page and click on any thumbnail on the right to enlarge the picture. At the top you will find the navigation arrows and the captions (in English).
I particularly liked Robert Gauthier's picture above—and it's definitely better bigger. In fact I'll bet it would be better even bigger than fotopolis is showing it.
(Thanks to Marcin Bieszczanin)
"I eventually figured out that while the World Press site shows all the prize winners in each category, the fotopolis slideshow is an incomplete selection, with a single photo representing each category, and that not always the winning photo. In several categories, fotopolis chose to show the 2nd prize photo rather than the winning photo.
"I was further confused by the fact that in the 'story' categories, fotopolis had many possible photos in the winning story to choose from. But even here, they sometimes chose to feature a work from the 2nd prize story rather than from the winning story.
"I'm not complaining, nor faulting the editorial decision, but people who skip the contest site in favor of fotopolis ought to know what they're missing.
"Like many people, I have a difficult time 'judging' news photos, but I did notice and appreciate these judges' predilection for the unusual and original, especially in the less fraught 'Nature' categories.
"Perhaps more importantly, this contest, as it does every year, brought to my attention a number of deserving stories that I'd missed."