A black-and-white image depicting the impact of the US housing crisis has won the World Press Photo award for American photographer Anthony Suau. It beat more than 96,000 other entries.

Suau scoops a 10,000 Euro cash prize and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera.

The winning image shows an armed officer at the home of people who were evicted following a mortgage foreclosure in Cleveland, Ohio, last year.

Officers were there to make sure that the house was clear of weapons and the residents had moved out.

‘The strength of the picture is in its opposites,’ said judging panel chair MaryAnne Golon. ‘It’s a double entendre. It looks like a classic conflict photograph, but it is simply the eviction of people from a house following foreclosure.

‘Now war, in its classic sense, is coming into people’s houses because they can’t pay their mortgages.’

Last year, British photographer Tim Hetherington landed the title with his image of a US soldier in Afghanistan.

Picture credit: Anthony Suau for Time