Winner of prestigious World Press Photo award disqualified
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Organizers of the prestigious World Press Photo contest have disqualified one of their winners after he told them one of the pictures in a series of images about the Belgian city of Charleroi was actually taken somewhere else.
A series of atmospheric photos by Italian Giovanni Troilo portraying scenes of life in gritty, post-industrial Charleroi, east of Brussels. won first prize last month in the contest's Contemporary Issues Story category.
The images triggered heated online debate among photojournalists and a complaint from Charleroi's mayor that his city had been misrepresented. World Press Photo launched an investigation that cleared Troilo of staging photos.
However, late Wednesday his award was revoked because one photo was taken not in Charleroi, but in nearby Brussels.
Troilo could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.