Italian Photographer Pietro Masturzo Wins World Press Photo’s Photo of the Year

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Hot off the heals of December’s revelation that the previous year’s winner was possibly too staged for their liking, the World Press Photo foundation has announced their pick for Photo of the Year for 2009. It was taken by Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo and “depicts women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran” from this past summer’s protests over Iranian elections. Per usual, they’ve also picked a batch of category winners, from “People in the News” to “Sports Action” and “Sports Features.” It’s a collection worth checking out, for sure, if just to skim them yourself to make sure there isn’t any funny business with this year’s selections. Here’s a bit about what winning the top prize gets you:

Pietro Masturzo, the author of the World Press Photo of the Year 2009, will receive his award during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday, 2 May 2010. The award also carries a cash prize of 10,000 Euros. In addition, Canon will donate a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit to Masturzo.

The awards ceremony is preceded by a two-day program of lectures, discussions and screenings of photography. The exhibition of prize-winning photography will be shown at the Oude Kerk from 23 April to 20 June and subsequently visit over 100 locations around the world.