Intimate portrait of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

February 12, 2015 1:29 PM

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AMSTERDAM Feb 12 (Reuters) - A photograph of two gay lovers in St. Petersburg won the World Press Photo of the Year award, organisers said on Thursday, selecting a picture they said highlighted increasing hardships for homosexuals in Russia.

The photo, in which the two faces are picked out by light in a darkened bedroom, won the contemporary issues category before taking the overall prize, beating more conventional conflict shots that the competition is best known for.

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