The winners of the World Press Photo competition for 2012 have been announced. World Press Photo is a huge contest for news photographers and photojournalists across a variety of categories. Here are some of the best:

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT


Huimin Kuang, Mao Zedong’s 110th birthday was marked on 26 December 2003.


David Goldman, Canadian Forces soldier Cpl. Ben Vandandaigue plays the drums on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar, overlooking the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.


Pavel Prokopchik, A ritual performed by Apashka, or Apa, the local Shaman in Ungurtas, Kazakhstan.

NATURE


Brent Stirton, Rhino horn is now worth more than gold on the international market. South Africa alone has lost more than 400 rhino to illegal poaching incidents in 2011.


Brent Stirton, A Black Rhino in transit after being captured for security translocation at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa. The park is famous for its translocation programs that saved the Southern White Rhino from extinction.


Carsten Peter, Gareth ‘Sweeney’ Sewell ascends from the Garden of Edam. At the far end, giant flashbulbs illuminate a huge gallery towards the Vietnamese Wall. A British caving team discovered the world’s biggest cave passage in Vietnam, sometimes up to 200 meters high.

Paul Hilton, Shark and ray heads hang on the top deck of the Rian Hidaya shark finning vessel in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Spot News

Yuri Kozyrev, For weeks, rebels held out against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the hope that the world would come to their aid.

Niclas Hammarström, On 22 July, Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people on the small island of Utøya outside Oslo in Norway.

Eduardo Castaldo, Egyptian demonstrators face police on 28 January, the ‘Friday of Anger’, at the entrance of Tahrir Square. After one day under siege, the square is conquered by demonstrators in the evening.

Li Yang, A 22-year-old girl in a wedding gown is grabbed as she attempts to kill herself by jumping out of a building.

Salil Bera, The leopard is one of 260 to die in 2011 in India as a result of human encroachment on jungle habitat.

Contemporary Issues


Ebrahim Noroozi, Public hanging in the ‘Behesht’ (paradise) park of Khomeinishahr, Iran. The men, identified as Abbas, 24, Rajab Ali, 23, Asghar, 20, and Mansour, 25, had been arrested and convicted in connection with a rape of several women earlier in the summer in a garden outside Khomeinishahr.

People in the News

Yasuyoshi Chiba, Aftermath of the tsunami, Japan, March – April

Jan Dago, A Mubarak supporter rides a camel in full stride into Tahrir Square in front of a crowd of Mubarak supporters attacking the opposition with stones.

Tomasz Lazar, Arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality.

Portraits

Donald Weber, Photos taken inside an interrogation room in the Ukraine. See them all here

Guillaume Herbaut, Inna Shevchenko, 21, is one of the leaders of Femen. The feminist Ukrainian protest group organizes topless protests against sex tourists, sexism and social problems.

General News

Rémi Ochlik, A young Libyan is proud to show the gun he has just stolen from the compound of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Rémi Ochlik, Opposition fighters launch a last assault for the day against the loyalist forces hiding in Ajdabyia, Libya.

 

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TRANSMISSION MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY FOR FNT 2014: FOOTAGE OF SXSW WITH MOBB DEEP, BABES, FIGHTS AND MORE (AND 50+ PHOTOS FROM TOD SEELIE)

FNT has been the best underground party in NYC for years now, and it’s spreading to the rest of the country now too, thanks to a successful SXSW event and a magazine with TRANSMISSION magazine. We interviewed Fight Night leader Bekim Trenova to talk about all that and what’s to come. PLUS: footage of the release of the magazine. PLUS: footage of the SXSW event. PLUS: footage of Mobb Deep’s performance. PLUS: photos by Tod Seelie. Yeah, we got all that and more, RIGHT HERE.

The Germans Who Dress Like Native Americans and Refuse to Return Their Scalps

Contributing photographer Jennifer Osborne has been working in Europe on a photography project about cultural appropriation of Native Americans by Europeans. In wake of Pharrell Williams’ controversial “Indian Headress” on the cover of Elle Magazine, this degree of Native Dress-up seems extra offensive.

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980’s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.