30 past winners of World Press Photo of the Year

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2008 WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

2008 World Press Photo of the YearPhotograph by Anthony Suau, USA, for TIME

Detective Robert Kole of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office enters a home in Cleveland, Ohio, following mortgage foreclosure and eviction. He needs to check that the owners have vacated the premises, and that no weapons have been left lying around. Officers go in at gunpoint as a precaution, as many houses have been vandalized or occupied by squatters or drug addicts. Towards the end of 2007, the severity of losses to US banks incurred over sub-prime mortgages was beginning to emerge. In the first months of 2008, rising interest rates together with increasing unemployment and a slowdown in the housing market, meant that many borrowers could no longer afford payments on their homes. Banks involved heavily in such debts were threatened with collapse. In the following months the financial crisis spread worldwide.

Commissioned for Time

You can see all the winners of that year’s contest on the World Press Photo website.

2007 WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

2007 World Press Photo of the YearPhotograph by Tim Hetherington, United Kingdom, Vanity Fair

Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Brandon Olson, Specialist of Second Platoon, Battle Company of the Second Battalion of the US 503rd Infantry Regiment sinks onto an embankment in the Restrepo bunker at the end of the day. The Korengal Valley was the epicenter of the US fight against militant Islam in Afghanistan and the scene of some of the deadliest combat in the region.

Commissioned by Vanity Fair

You can see all the winners of that year’s contest on the World Press Photo’s website.

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