• World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim. A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.
    World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim. A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.
  • World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Farouk Batiche, Algeria, Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.
    World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Farouk Batiche, Algeria, Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.
  • World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse. A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.
    World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse. A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.
  • World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Tomek Kaczor, Poland, for Duży Format, Gazeta Wyborcza. Awakening. A 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland.
    World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Tomek Kaczor, Poland, for Duży Format, Gazeta Wyborcza. Awakening. A 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland.
  • World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times. Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit. Ahmed Ibrahim (18), a badly burned SDF fighter, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, Syria, on 20 October. She had at first been reluctant to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse persuaded her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation.
    World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times. Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit. Ahmed Ibrahim (18), a badly burned SDF fighter, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, Syria, on 20 October. She had at first been reluctant to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse persuaded her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation.
  • Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse. Hong Kong Unrest. Students cross a road to school after participating in a human-chain rally, in Hong Kong, on 12 September 2019.
    Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse. Hong Kong Unrest. Students cross a road to school after participating in a human-chain rally, in Hong Kong, on 12 September 2019.
  • Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse. Hong Kong Unrest. Riot police run towards protesters on Nathan Road in Hong Kong, on 1 December 2019.
    Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse. Hong Kong Unrest. Riot police run towards protesters on Nathan Road in Hong Kong, on 1 December 2019.
  • Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site. Relatives hold a photograph of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 March 2019.
    Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site. Relatives hold a photograph of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 March 2019.
  • Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site.A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.
    Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site.A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.
  • Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Romain Laurendeau, France. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt. A young couple challenges a taboo as they kiss in a public space in Algiers, Algeria, on 8 December 2016.
    Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Romain Laurendeau, France. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt. A young couple challenges a taboo as they kiss in a public space in Algiers, Algeria, on 8 December 2016.
  • Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Romain Laurendeau, France. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt. Football fans sing during a championship match in the 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers, Algeria, on 22 December 2015.
    Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Romain Laurendeau, France. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt. Football fans sing during a championship match in the 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers, Algeria, on 22 December 2015.
  • Contemporary Issues Singles Nominee. © Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse. Bushfire Evacuation Center. Abigail Ferris (in mask) plays with friends at a temporary evacuation center in Bega, New South Wales, Australia, on 31 December. Abigail and her family had been evacuated from a nearby camping spot during bushfires on New Year’s Eve.
    Contemporary Issues Singles Nominee. © Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse. Bushfire Evacuation Center. Abigail Ferris (in mask) plays with friends at a temporary evacuation center in Bega, New South Wales, Australia, on 31 December. Abigail and her family had been evacuated from a nearby camping spot during bushfires on New Year’s Eve.
  • Contemporary Issues Stories Nominee. © Lorenzo Tugnoli, Italy, Contrasto, for The Washington Post. The Longest War.
    Contemporary Issues Stories Nominee. © Lorenzo Tugnoli, Italy, Contrasto, for The Washington Post. The Longest War.
  • Environment Singles Nominee. © Noah Berger, United States, for Associated Press. Battling the Marsh Fire. Firefighters battle the Marsh Complex Fire, near the town of Brentwood, California, USA on 3 August.
    Environment Singles Nominee. © Noah Berger, United States, for Associated Press. Battling the Marsh Fire. Firefighters battle the Marsh Complex Fire, near the town of Brentwood, California, USA on 3 August.
  • Environment Stories Nominee. © Luca Locatelli, Italy, for National Geographic. The End of Trash - Circular Economy Solutions.
    Environment Stories Nominee. © Luca Locatelli, Italy, for National Geographic. The End of Trash - Circular Economy Solutions.
  • General News Singles Nominee. © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse. Straight Voice. A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.
    General News Singles Nominee. © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse. Straight Voice. A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.
  • General News Stories Nominee. © Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy, for L’Espresso. Chile: A Rebellion Against Neoliberalism.
    General News Stories Nominee. © Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy, for L’Espresso. Chile: A Rebellion Against Neoliberalism.
  • Nature Singles Nominee. © Alejandro Prieto, Mexico. Roadrunner Approaching the Border Wall. A greater roadrunner approaches the border wall at Naco, Arizona, USA on 28 April.
    Nature Singles Nominee. © Alejandro Prieto, Mexico. Roadrunner Approaching the Border Wall. A greater roadrunner approaches the border wall at Naco, Arizona, USA on 28 April.
  • Nature Stories Nominee. © Brent Stirton, South Africa, Getty Images, for National Geographic. Pangolins in Crisis.
    Nature Stories Nominee. © Brent Stirton, South Africa, Getty Images, for National Geographic. Pangolins in Crisis.
  • Portraits Singles Nominee. © Lee-Ann Olwage, South Africa. Black Drag Magic - Portrait of a Drag Artist and Activist. Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie, a drag artist and activist, poses at a shisanyama—a community space where women cook and sell meat—in Khayelitsha, a township located on the Cape Flats, near Cape Town, South Africa.
    Portraits Singles Nominee. © Lee-Ann Olwage, South Africa. Black Drag Magic - Portrait of a Drag Artist and Activist. Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie, a drag artist and activist, poses at a shisanyama—a community space where women cook and sell meat—in Khayelitsha, a township located on the Cape Flats, near Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Portraits Stories Nominee. © Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine. The Haunted.
    Portraits Stories Nominee. © Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine. The Haunted.
  • Sports Singles Nominee. © Oli Scarff, United Kingdom, Agence France-Presse. Liverpool Champions League Victory Parade. A trophy-shaped balloon floats over the crowd in Liverpool, England, as football fans line the streets on 2 June during the open-top bus parade celebrating Liverpool’s win against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final.
    Sports Singles Nominee. © Oli Scarff, United Kingdom, Agence France-Presse. Liverpool Champions League Victory Parade. A trophy-shaped balloon floats over the crowd in Liverpool, England, as football fans line the streets on 2 June during the open-top bus parade celebrating Liverpool’s win against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final.
  • Sports Stories Nominee. © Olivier Papegnies, Belgium. The Gouandé Gazelles.
    Sports Stories Nominee. © Olivier Papegnies, Belgium. The Gouandé Gazelles.
  • Spot News Singles Nominee. © Ezra Acayan. The Death of Michael Nadayo. Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.
    Spot News Singles Nominee. © Ezra Acayan. The Death of Michael Nadayo. Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.
  • Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times. Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
    Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times. Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
  • Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times. Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
    Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times. Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
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The nominees for the 63rd annual World Press Photo Contest have just been announced. An independent jury made up of 17 photography professionals, chaired by Lekgetho Makola, selected the best pictures and the stories that mattered in 2019.

This year, the contest saw 4,282 photographers from 125 countries enter 73,996 images. The nominees are 44 photographers from 24 countries: Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.

Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times. Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times.
Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.

Protest and the role of the youth in activating change, were highlighted by the jury as a recurrent theme from the entries. Environmental stories were also prominent this year, and are represented in categories beyond the Environment category - Contemporary Issues, Nature, and Spot News - calling attention to the importance of the subject.

Since 1955 the World Press Photo Contest has recognised professional photographers for the best pictures - presented as singles or stories in eight categories - contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

World Press Photo Story of the Year nominees

In 2019, the World Press Photo Foundation introduced a new award to the annual photo contest: the World Press Photo Story of the Year. On a par with the World Press Photo of the Year, this new award honors 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 in 2019.

Nominees for World Press Photo Story of the Year

1. Hong Kong Unrest

Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse

Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse. Hong Kong Unrest. Riot police run towards protesters on Nathan Road in Hong Kong, on 1 December 2019.
Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse. Hong Kong Unrest. Riot police run towards protesters on Nathan Road in Hong Kong, on 1 December 2019.

2. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site

Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press

Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site. Relatives hold a photograph of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 March 2019.
Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site. Relatives hold a photograph of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 March 2019.

3. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt

Romain Laurendeau, France

Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Romain Laurendeau, France. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt. Football fans sing during a championship match in the 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers, Algeria, on 22 December 2015.
Nominee for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. © Romain Laurendeau, France. Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt. Football fans sing during a championship match in the 5 July 1962 Stadium in Algiers, Algeria, on 22 December 2015.

World Press Photo of the Year nominees

The World Press Photo of the Year honors 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. It has come to be regarded as the most prestigious international award for photojournalism in the world.

Nominees for World Press Photo of the Year

1. Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim

Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press

World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim. A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.
World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press. Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim. A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.

2. Clash with the Police During Anti-Government Demonstration

Farouk Batiche, Algeria, Deutsche Presse-Agentur

World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Farouk Batiche, Algeria, Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.
World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Farouk Batiche, Algeria, Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.

3. Straight Voice

Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse

World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse. A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.
World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse. A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.

4. Awakening

Tomek Kaczor, Poland, for Gazeta Wyborcza

World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Tomek Kaczor, Poland, for Duży Format, Gazeta Wyborcza. Awakening. A 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland.
World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Tomek Kaczor, Poland, for Duży Format, Gazeta Wyborcza. Awakening. A 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland.

5. Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit

Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times

World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times. Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit. Ahmed Ibrahim (18), a badly burned SDF fighter, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, Syria, on 20 October. She had at first been reluctant to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse persuaded her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation.
World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. © Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times. Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit. Ahmed Ibrahim (18), a badly burned SDF fighter, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, Syria, on 20 October. She had at first been reluctant to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse persuaded her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation.

6. Nothing Personal - the Back Office of War

Nikita Teryoshin, Russia

Nominee for World Press Photo of the Year. © Nikita Teryoshin, Russia. Nothing Personal - the Back Office of War. A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 18 February.
Nominee for World Press Photo of the Year. © Nikita Teryoshin, Russia. Nothing Personal - the Back Office of War. A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 18 February.

Category nominees

The jury also nominated three single images and three stories in each of the eight categories of the 2020 Photo Contest: Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Nature, Long-Term Projects, Portraits, Spot News, and Sports.

Adam Ferguson's series, The Haunted, was nominated in teh Portrait Stories category, Sean Davey was recognised in the Contemporary Issues Singles category (Bushfire Evacuation Center) while Matthew Abbott’s series, Australia’s Bushfire Crisis, was recognised in the Spot News Stories category.

The winners of the 2020 contest will be announced at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 16 April.

Contemporary Issues Singles Nominee. © Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse. Bushfire Evacuation Center. Abigail Ferris (in mask) plays with friends at a temporary evacuation center in Bega, New South Wales, Australia, on 31 December. Abigail and her family had been evacuated from a nearby camping spot during bushfires on New Year’s Eve.
Contemporary Issues Singles Nominee. © Sean Davey, Australia, for Agence France-Presse. Bushfire Evacuation Center. Abigail Ferris (in mask) plays with friends at a temporary evacuation center in Bega, New South Wales, Australia, on 31 December. Abigail and her family had been evacuated from a nearby camping spot during
bushfires on New Year’s Eve.
Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times. Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
Spot News Stories Nominee. © Matthew Abbott, Australia, Panos Pictures, for The New York Times.
Australia’s Bushfire Crisis.
Portraits Stories Nominee. © Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine. The Haunted.
Portraits Stories Nominee. © Adam Ferguson, Australia, for The New York Times Magazine. The Haunted.

 

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