Image of Gay Couple Wins 2014 World Press Photo Award

A strikingly intimate photo

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Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won the 2014 World Press Photo of The Year for his image of a gay couple in Russia. The photo was part of Nissen’s larger project, titled “Homophobia in Russia.”

The World Press Photo jury was chaired Michele McNally, The New York Times’ director of photography and assistant managing editor. “It is an historic time for the image,” said McNally, in an announcement. “The winning image needs to be aesthetic, to have impact, and to have the potential to become iconic. This photo is aesthetically powerful, and it has humanity.”

This is the second straight year that the winning image was selected from the contemporary issues category. Last year’s winner — by John Stanmeyer — was a photograph of African migrants attempting to get a cell phone signal.

(Image: Mads Nissen)