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)

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.)

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