dpa photographers among winners of World Press Photo Awards 2020: Farouk Batiche winner of Spot News Single category
Oliver Weiken wins third place in Spot News Story
Two dpa photographers, Farouk Batiche and Oliver Weiken, have been honored at this year's World Press Photo Awards. Farouk Batiche wins first place in the Spot News Single category. His striking photo "Demonstrations in Algeria" shows protesters in a confrontation with police in May 2019. Oliver Weiken took third place in the Spot News Story category. His photo story "Explosion in Cairo" was shot in the moments after a terrorist attack in the Egyptian capital in August 2019. A total of 4,282 photographers entered into the running for the World Press Photo Awards with just under 74,000 images. The winners were announced late yesterday evening.
dpa editor-in-chief Sven Gösmann said: "The awards for two dpa photographers from one of the world's most important journalism prizes underscores the excellence and relevance of dpa reporting from across the globe. With their work, Farouk Batiche and Oliver Weiken demonstrate what dpa stands for: independent and verified journalism that is very close to the action but always maintains the necessary professional distance, even and especially in extreme situations like those depicted in the award-winning pictures."
Farouk Batiche (39) has more than 20 years' experience in photojournalism and reports from Algeria and North Africa. He began his career as a photographer at the Newpressphoto photo agency in Algiers in the late 1990s in collaboration with Sipa Press and Associated Press (AP). From 2011, during the Arab Spring protests, he worked as a freelancer for Reuters. His photos from this period were exhibited at the "Visa pour l'image 2012" photo festival in Perpignan, France. Between 2011 and 2016, Farouk Batiche worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP). He has been reporting for the German Press Agency (dpa) since 2019.
Oliver Weiken (36) launched his career as a press photographer in 1996 with the Warsteiner Anzeiger regional newspaper while still at school, and shortly afterwards joined the Bongarts sports photography agency. In 2003, he joined the German Press Agency as a young photographer before moving to the European Press Photo Agency (epa), for which he worked for eleven years across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2017, he returned to dpa to set up the new English photo service and to work as the chief photographer for the Middle East and North Africa from the photo hub in Cairo.
"Demonstrations in Algeria", 21.05.2019
Algeria, Algiers: Algerian students and riot police scuffle during an anti-government demonstration. Algeria's military chief of staff on Monday rejected calls to postpone the country's presidential elections, slated for July 4 to elect a successor to ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Photo: Farouk Batiche/dpa
"Explosion in Cairo", 05.08.2019
Egypt, Cairo: Firefighters extinguish a fire after an explosion in front of the National Cancer Institute. According to Health Ministry, at least 17 people died and 26 injured. Photo: Oliver Weiken/dpa
All winners of the World Press Photo Awards 2020:
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