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origin and support of swiss press photo
The Swiss Press Photo event has developed thanks to the support of a specific actor: the Reinhardt von Graffenried Foundation. It was established in 2009 by two important lawyers and businessmen, Erwin Reinhardt and Charles von Graffenried. Since then, it has been rewarding journalistic photo performances on all types of societal subjects.
In particular, it is committed to supporting journalism and press photography. Its work is a driving force in the print and electronic media in Switzerland. It is non-profit making and has no ties to any publisher. Furthermore, it is intended to run parallel to the World Press Photo association and worldwide event. Thanks to them, photographer-reporters are highlighted.
the 2018 edition
the 2018 winners
Reto Oeschger wins first prize in the News category. This victory is based on the cliché “Die dunkle Seite des Jürg Jegge” (“The dark side of Jürg Jegge”). Jurg Jegge, a well-known and almost untouchable teacher in Switzerland, suffered a devastating setback after the publication of the book “The Dark Side of Jürg Jegge”. Written by one of his former students, the book depicts the sexual abuse of his young protégés in the 1970s and 80s by the teacher.
Nils Ackermann, already a laureate in 2015, wins first prize in the category of Swiss Reports thanks to a photograph by Pierre Maudet entitled “Opération Valmy”. The image depicts his campaign for the Federal Council.
In the Daily Life category, it is Karin Hofer who wins with her unexpected picture depicting the life and work of winegrowers. Her work was described by the jury as “poetry in press photography”.
The prize in the Sports category goes to Simon Tanner, in particular thanks to the particularly playful aspect of his photographic compositions related to the world of Football.
Alex Kühni’s reputation as a sniper in Mosul has been established by his strongest image, that of a sniper in Mosul. The jury of the Swiss Press Photo competition commented: “The art of war is not heroic, but sneaky and cowardly,” he said.
Finally, Guillaume Perret was awarded a prize in the Portraits category for his series “Daniela – La traversée du cancer”. Cancer can be beaten: this is the message conveyed by this moving tribute to the Neuchâtel-born woman Daniela, who shows her body in all its glory after mastectomy and chemotherapy.