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World Press Photo award

Culture - Iranian photographer Amir Pourmand was presented the World Press Photo Award at a ceremony in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam.

The Director of World Press Photo Michiel Munneke presented the awards to the 2013 winners whose names were announced in February 2014, the English-language newspaper ˈIran Dailyˈ reported Wednesday.

Pourmand scooped the third award in the General News Singles section of the 57th international competition for his photo titled ‘Moments before the Hanging’.

The photo features a young man named Ali Reza Mafiha, who is guilty of stabbing, lays his head on the executioner’s shoulder just before a noose is put around his neck.

A photo taken by the American photographer John Stanmeyer was named as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

The image, taken in the Republic of Djibouti, depicts African migrants raising their phones under a clear night sky in an attempt to receive a signal from neighboring country Somalia, a tenuous link to relatives abroad.

The winning works have been selected from among 98,671 images submitted by 5,754 photographers from 132 countries. The contest creates a bridge linking the professionals with the general public.

The winners were also honored with an exhibition tour held in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam which started on April 18 and will continue until June 22, 2014.

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