World Press Photo Contest Winner Announced

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The winners of the 53rd annual World Press Photo Contest have been announced. Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo took top honors with his photograph depicting women shouting protests from a rooftop in Tehran, Iran.

"The photo shows the beginning of something, the beginning of a huge story," says contest juror Ayperi Karabuda Ecer. "It adds perspectives to news. It touches you both visually and emotionally, and my heart went out to it immediately."

Kate Edwards, also a juror, added her sentiments.  "We were looking for an image that drew you in, took you deeper, made you think more - not just about showing what we already know, but something that asks more of us."

The winning photo story, as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category can be viewed online in the 2010 Winner's Gallery.  Categories range from general news to sports action to portraits, and each gallery is filled with amazing images.

Masturzo will receive his recognition as well as a cash prize of 20,000 Euros at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on May 2nd.