Aussies make final cut for World Press Photo 2019
Australian Getty staff photographer, Chris McGrath has been announced as one of six photographers in the running for the coveted title of World Press Photo of the Year for his image, The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. The photograph features in the General News category. The World Press Photo of the Year honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in that year.
Two other Australian photographers have also been nominated in other categories. Afghanistan-based Australian photographer, Andrew Quilty was nominated in the Spot news stories category for his series documenting the aftermath of an ambulance packed with explosives that killed 103 people and injured 235 in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 27 January 2018. Meanwhile Reuters photographer, David Gray was nominated in the Sports singles category for his image of Naomi Osaka serving during her match against Simona Halep at the Australian Open tennis tournament.
Thailand-based Australian photographer, Patrick Brown won the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for No Place On Earth.
The 62nd annual edition of the World Press Photo Contest received 78,801 images, submitted from 4,738 photographers from 129 countries. The 43 nominated photographers, across all the categories, are from 25 countries. For 2019, a major new award was introduced: the World Press Photo Story of the Year. It celebrates the photographer whose visual creativity and skills produced a story with excellent editing and sequencing that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance. This year there was a significant increase in the number of female nominees – 14 in total – representing 32%, and up from just 12% in 2018.
Winners will be announced during the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 11 April. Two days later, The World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 begins its worldwide tour at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
Nominees for World Press Photo of the Year
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