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I am in Amsterdam, Netherlands at the World Press Photo Awards Days. It was a pleasure to see South African photographer, Mike Hutchings present a portfolio. He won first prize in the Sports Singles category for this image. Each of the award winners gets to present some of their work. Mike was one of the first to present this morning. He presented a strong portfolio of his sports photography work and also some more general news work. This year is obviously a special year for South African and African photography as Jodi Bieber won the overall World Press Photo of the Year Award.

Michiel Munneke the director of World Press Photo opened the proceedings making reference to the importance of photojournalism in the world today and paying tribute to those photographers over the past year who have paid with their lives to bring us the stories we so often take for granted, as well as to those who are in captivity for their work.

Above: Mike Hutchings giving his presentation at the World Press Photo Award Days. PHOTO: David A. Larsen/Africa Media Online