Tyler Hicks Takes 2nd In World Photo Contest

Tyler Hicks placed 2nd in the prestigious World Press Photo competition, it was announced today. Over 98,000 images were submitted by 5,754 photographers, in 132 nations.

The Staples graduate was honored in the Spot News category. A New York Times staff photographer who now lives in Kenya, he was a short distance away last September when gunmen opened fire at an upscale Nairobi mall. At least 39 people were killed.

Standing one floor above, Tyler took this image:

Tyler Hicks' World Press Photo shot. The woman and children shown hiding escaped unharmed. (Photo/Tyler Hicks for the New York Times)

Tyler Hicks’ World Press Photo shot. The woman and children shown hiding escaped unharmed. (Photo/Tyler Hicks for the New York Times)

In 2009 Tyler was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He earned the Newspaper Photographer of the Year award from Pictures of the Year International for his work in 2006. He was a co-recipient of the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2012, for his work in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

(For full results of the World Press Photo contest, click here.)

10 responses to “Tyler Hicks Takes 2nd In World Photo Contest

  1. That’s great! If I’m not mistaken, he took the photo with his cellphone.

  2. Congratulations! It’s an incredible photo taken by a very brave guy.

  3. Michelle Benner

    Hi dan, there is a spectacular full pink moon rising over compo beach right now!

    Happy valentines day 🙂 Michelle benner

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Sandra Lefkowitz

    Dan, Thank you for sharing this with us. Tyler is amazing in his talent and his courage. He gives us a sense of what is really going on in the world outside of our privileged world.

  5. Loretta S. Hallock

    Westporters are so proud of you Tyler.

  6. What a supportive community we live in! Thanks for the comments…Just to give credit where credit is due, Tyler did use his professional camera because his wife rushed over with it when he called her from the mall. If she hadn’t done that he would have used the smaller camera that he always has on him – but never a cell phone!

    • Sorry for my mistake. I heard somewhere that Mr. Hicks used his cell phone. Don’t know where I read that. But I was really amazed that a cell phone could take such a good photo. I attributed it to his skill.

    • Hey, Darcy — what’s wrong with cell phone cameras? I take all my award-winning “06880” photos with my iPhone. And it’s not even the newest one!

  7. No offense taken Bobbie! Just thought I’d correct the mistake on his behalf. And Dan, I agree that cell phones make great cameras. Tyler’s more old-fashioned than most of us though.