World Press Photo of the Year 2014 went to 35 year old Danish photojournalist, Mads Nissen. The Director of Photography of The New York Times, Jury Chair Michele McNally, said:
“It is an historic time for the image… 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.”
The image was also awarded first place at the Contemporary Issues Category of the World Press Photo. This photograph is part of a larger story Mads worked on while in St Petersburg: “LGBT in Russia”.
“Mads Nissen met and interviewed a number of young gay people living in St Petersburg and ventured into the secret underworld of nightclubs where gay people feel free to express themselves. Full transcripts of the interviews are available on request.” (Panos Pictures)
The jurors have spoken of the image as both a representation of contemporary issues and an abstract concept of love.