The jury of the 58th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen as the World Press Photo of the Year 2014.

Nissen is a staff photographer for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken and is represented by Panos Pictures. The winning picture belongs to a larger project by Nissen called “Homophobia in Russia”, Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St Petersburg, Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

This year the jury had rewarded also 9 Italian photographers: Massimo Sestini (2nd prize singles, General News), Gianfranco Tripodo (3rd prize singles, General News), Fulvio Bugani (3rd prize singles, Contemporary Issue), Giulio di Sturco (1st prize stories, Daily Life), Turi Calafato (3rd prize stories, Portraits), Andy Rocchelli (2nd prize stories, Portraits), Paolo Verzone (3rd prize stories, Portraits), Paolo Marchetti (3rd prize stories, Nature).