THE HAGUE, April 12. /TASS/. A series of images by Tatiana Vinogradova, a freelance journalist from Russia, won the third prize in the "People" category of the World Press Photo award.
The series of ten images shows nude sex workers pictured in their apartment in St. Petersburg.
The winners were announced during a ceremony in Amsterdam on Thursday.
The first prize in the "People" category went to Adam Ferguson of the United States, for his series of portraits of Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants. The girls were strapped with explosives, and ordered to blow themselves up in crowded areas, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.
The second prize was awarded to Anna Boyiazis of the United States for a series of images, headlined "Finding freedom in water." It shows girls in the Zanzibar Archipelago learning how to swim in outfits that cover their bodies almost completely.
Besides, two entries from Russia received awards of the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling contest. An animated documentary to help raise awareness on the matter of homelessness in Russia, headlined "There once lived," by the Takie Dela portal and the Help Needed (Nuzhna Pomoshch) charity fund won the third prize in the "Innovative storytelling" category.
The "Underground" project about people living in the Eastern Ukraine conflict zone, by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency photojournalist Valery Melnikov, editing director Andrew Lubimov and composer Ilya Svezhenec got the second prize in the "Short form" nomination.
World Press Photo, first held in 1955, is the world’s most prestigious international award in photography. This year, the jury of the competition selected winners from over 73,000 images made by 4,500 photographers from 125 countries. In addition, a total of 308 multimedia projects were submitted for the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling contest.