Acá dejo una selección de la selección de las mejores fotografías de 2015, según los que saben…
Antes del inicio de un nuevo ciclo del calendario Gregoriano, todos realizan algún tipo de recuento con los hitos del año. Cada uno en su estilo y nos, como resulta obvio, debiéramos hacer un “recuento ñoño. Un resumen de los mejores estrenos ñoños es lo primero que se me viene a la mente, pero como también crecimos, diciembre y navidad nos trae locos, así que el tiempo solo nos permite hacer una selección de la selección de las mejores fotografías de 2015, según los prestigiosos concursos que anualmente realizan la National Geographic y las World Press Photo. Están invitados a observar.
Traveler Photo Contest 2015
selección de la selección de National Geographic
Gran Mezquita del Sheikh Zayed – Abu Dhabi
Lago de las Medusas – Palau – Jellyfish Lake
amanecer en en Rumania, tierra de hadas y vampiros
Tornado se quiere tragar a una granja en Colorado, USA
Ballena madre e hija nadan junto a sus improvisados acompañantes
observatorio ALMA – desierto de Atacama
Sabes que una tormenta te espera cuando…
descubren La fortaleza de la Soledad – Superman – ubicado en Eiskogelhöhle
Deadvlei – Namibia – Valle de la muerte
World Press Photo 2015
Esta es una selección de la selección de las mejores fotografías de 2015, periodísticamente hablando. En este caso, la imagen tiene valor por su contexto, por la historia que hay detrás de ese instante, y no por su estética, así que si haces clic en la imagen, aparecerá la información de cada fotografía. Esta exposición estuvo durante julio y agosto en el edificio de Movistar, ubicado en Bustamante con Providencia.
A young girl, wounded during clashes near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. Violence broke out between riot police and people attending the funeral procession of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. He had been hit on the head by a teargas canister while out buying bread, during anti-government demonstrations the previous June, and died following a nine-month coma. The June protests had begun over plans to develop the city’s Gezi Park into a mosque and shopping center, and had escalated into national expressions of opposition to what was seen as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing authoritarianism. Elvan’s death triggered further anti-government protests across the country. Despite such opposition, Erdogan was elected as president of Turkey five months later.
Jon and Alex, a gay couple, share an intimate moment at Alex’s home, a small apartment in St Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.
A rhesus macaque cowers as its trainer approaches, while training for a circus act, in Suzhou, eastern China. Performing animals in circuses and zoos are enormously popular in China. After years of pressure from animal-welfare groups, the Chinese government has banned animal circuses, and implemented regulations to stop abuse at state-owned zoos, but many trainers say they have not heard of the ban, nor have any intention of stopping. Authorities in Suzhou, which with its 300 troupes is known as the hometown of circus in China, have announced plans for developing alternative circus entertainment, without performing animals.
Wei works in a factory in Yiwu, eastern China, coating polystyrene snowflakes with red powder. He wears a Christmas hat to protect his hair, and goes through at least six face masks a day. According to the Chinese government press agency, 600 factories in Yiwu produce around 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations. The factories are staffed largely by migrant laborers, who work 12-hour days for between 270 and 400 euros a month. Wei, who comes from rural Guizhou, 1,500 kilometers away, is not entirely sure what Christmas is, but thinks that it is a foreigners’ form of Chinese New Year.
Koninklijke Militaire Academie (Royal Military Academy), Breda, the Netherlands Portraits of cadets in some of Europe’s most prestigious military academies. For centuries, military academies across Europe have upheld traditions of soldierly honor and discipline. Young officers-to-be are schooled not only in matters of combat, but are instilled with a sense of their heritage. Even though these academies are deeply tied to the ideas of nation and homeland, in today’s Europe they also provide bridges across borders.
Medical staff escort a man, delirious in the final stages of Ebola, back into the isolation ward from which he had escaped, in Hastings, near the capital Freetown. The man had attempted to climb over the back wall of the complex, before collapsing in a convulsive state. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. The man died shortly after this picture was taken. The first cases of a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone were reported in May. There is no cure for Ebola, and the fatality rate can be as high as 90 percent. The virus causes high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as internal and external bleeding. It is highly contagious, being passed on by sweat, blood and other bodily fluids. Extreme care has to be taken to avoid infection while treating patients, and in burying victims. The healthcare system in Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries, was not equipped to cope with the disease, and assistance from foreign NGOs became crucial. By the end of the year, 2,758 people had died of Ebola in Sierra Leone. The disease also ravaged neighboring Guinea and Liberia, with 7,880 deaths reported across the three countries overall in 2014.
Freshly slaughtered caimans lie in what workers call ‘the hall of sacrifice’, at a Caiman farm in northern Colombia. The skin of Colombian caimans, once considered inferior to alligator or crocodile, is now prized for its durability and quality. Production has soared since the 1990s. These days, most skins are obtained from farmed animals, rather than from the wild, and farmers are legally obliged to return a number of caiman to the wild to replenish natural stocks.
Argentine player Lionel Messi faces the World Cup trophy during the final ceremony at Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 13 July. Argentina lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time. Messi, who is ranked as one of the best footballers in the world, was awarded the Golden Ball, as the tournament’s best player—a decision that sparked controversy, as he had scored no goals in the knock-out stage.
A group of young Samburu warriors touch a black rhino for the first time in their lives, at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in northern Kenya. Black rhinos are almost extinct in Kenya. This young calf had been orphaned when poachers killed its mother, and was hand-raised at Lewa. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife living around them, especially at such close quarters. Attention is often given to the effect of poaching on wildlife, but there is little focus on indigenous communities, who are on the frontline in the clash between poachers and armed game wardens.
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