World Press Photo Backtracks, Strips Photographer Giovanni Troilo of His Prize

March 5, 2015 11:46 AM

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World Press Photo Backtracks, Strips Photographer Giovanni Troilo of His Prize

The World Press Photo competition has disqualified the Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo, the New York Times reports. After several days of controversy and intense scrutiny, the jury decided that he had broken the competition's rules by staging some of the shots from his first prize-winning photo series The Dark Heart of Europe, which documents life in the industrial Belgian city of Charleroi.

The series was initially awarded the top prize in the Contemporary Issues category, but this has now gone to Mads Nissen, who also won the "Photo of the Year" award for his touching image of a Russian gay couple (see Photo of Gay Russian Lovers Wins World Press Photo of the Year).

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