Correction appended Feb. Danish photographer Mads Nissen has won the 58th World Press Photo contest for his portrait of Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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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. The photo was taken by Mads Nissen, who was born ina staff photographer for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken.
A portrait of a gay B. Private-school teacher Roger Chin and app developer Jim VanDeventer, who live in Duncan but frequently visit Vancouver, had their portrait taken for the community-based Chosen Family Portraits art project initiated by the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in Through portraits and recorded oral historiesthe project captured 28 stories of chosen families involving local LGBT people, and funding was provided by the City of Vancouver, the Arts Partners in Creative Development, and the Canadian government.