Gay Russian couple have just won a major award

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Photographed by Danish photographer Mads Nissen, it is part of a larger project called Homophobia In Russia highlighting what life is like for the LGBTI community under anti-gay laws

He has said he sees the image, shot in St Petersburg, as a ‘modern-day Romeo and Juliet’ story about two people in love but facing outside forces who want to deny them that love.

‘Today, terrorists use graphic images for propaganda. We have to respond with something more subtle, intense and thoughtful,’ World Press Photo jury member Alessia Glaviano said in a statement.

Nissen won a €10,000 euro ($11,330) cash prize.

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