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Current winners 2008 - New winners
  David Gillanders, September
Eugene Richards, September
Lynsey Addario, September
Lorena Ros, February
Ian Martin, February
Past winners 2007
  Jonathan Lowenstein, September
Leo Maguire, September
Jonathan Torgovnik, September
Ziyah Gafic, February
Christopher Anderson, February
Past winners 2006
  Sarah Caron, September
Rena Effendi, September
Simon Roberts, September
Kristen Ashburn, February
Andrew Testa, February
Past winners 2005  
  Balazs Gardi, September
Scott Lewis, September
Kai Wiedenhöefer, September
David S. Holloway, February
Dario Mitidieri, February
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Portfolio images courtesy of Dario Mitidieri
Winning Project:
Teenage Pregnancy in Britain
The United Kingdom has the highest teenage pregnancy and conception rates of Western Europe, and the media portray these children as "irresponsible" while filling pages of tabloid newspapers. Studies point to Britain's hidden layers of social deprivation and family breakdown as the real causes of the teen-pregnancy phenomenon. Over the last three years, increased sex education and contraception have not halted statistics or altered behavior.

With the benefit of a Getty Images grant, Dario Mitidieri investigated the issue of teen pregnancy beyond the media's superficial portrayal of the problem. To understand the true daily life of these teenagers who are about to become parents, Mitidieri followed them from late pregnancy into parenthood, portraying them in a realistic way to understand what their options and aspirations were, and what inspired them for their future.

Dario Mitidieri was born in 1959 in Villa d'Agri, Italy. In 1981, he moved to London and studied photojournalism at the London College of Printing. He started work as a freelance photographer in 1986 for The Independent Magazine and The Sunday Telegraph. Since then, his work has been published in numerous photographic books, including Children of Bombay, published in six languages; L'Ultimo Ayrton, capturing Ayrton Senna's last Grand Prix race in Italy; and People and Railways, about Italy's railway industry. Mitidieri also contributes regularly to collective photography books, and his images have been exhibited worldwide.

In 1989, Mitidieri won Press Photographer of the Year at the British Press Awards as one of the few photographers to cover the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. He was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography in 1991, which allowed him to spend the following year in Bombay documenting the lives of street children. The finished project received international recognition with many awards, including the European Publishers Award for Photography, Premio Periodista La Nation and the Visa d'Or at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France.

Mitidieri's other awards include the Nikon Photo Essay of the Year from the 1996 Nikon Press Awards, the Leica -- CFP Photo Award in 1998 and the European Publishers Award for Photography in 1994. In 2004, World Press Photo awarded Mitidieri Third Place in the General News Story for his photographs of the mass graves of Iraq.

See more photography by Dario Mitidieri.
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