The regional winners of the 65th annual World Press Photo have recently been announced for 2022. Considered one of the preeminent competitions for the genre, it showcases the world's best photojournalism and photo documentary. Winners of the World Press Photo Contest were selected from 64,823 photographs and open format entries from 4,066 photographers across 130 countries.
A global jury decided on the 2022 regional winners, for each of the four categories; Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects and Open Format.
Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of World Press Photo Foundation, commented about this year's contest: "It is exhilarating to see the way in which the new regional contest set up is producing the changes that we were hoping for. Changes that we believe will offer different perspectives on, and a deeper connection to, photojournalism and documentary photography from all over the world."
Matthew Abbott, a regular contibutor to The New York Times, was the only Australian recognized in Southeast Asia and Oceania region, taking out the Stories category with his series, Saving Forests with Fire, captured for National Geographic/Panos Pictures.
Abbott's series explores how Indigenous Australians strategically burn land in a practice known as cool burning, in which fires move slowly, burn only the undergrowth, and remove the build-up of fuel that feeds bigger blazes.
The Nawarddeken people of West Arnhem Land, Australia, have been practicing controlled cool burns for tens of thousands of years and see fire as a tool to manage their 1.39 million hectare homeland. Warddeken rangers combine traditional knowledge with contemporary technologies to prevent wildfires, thereby decreasing climate-heating CO2.
Singles Palestinian Children in Gaza – Fatima Shbair, Palestine, Getty Images
Stories The Cinema of Kabul – Bram Janssen, the Netherlands, The Associated Press
Long-Term Projects Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict – Senthil Kumaran, India
Open Format Blue Affair – Kosuke Okahara, Japan
Honorable Mention Endless War – Dar Yasin, India, The Associated Press
Singles Evia Island Wildfire – Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News
Stories As Frozen Land Burns – Nanna Heitmann, Russia/Germany, Magnum Photos
Long-Term Projects Ukraine Crisis – Guillaume Herbaut, France, Agence VU’
Open Format The Book of Veles – Jonas Bendiksen, Norway
Honorable Mention M+T – Mary Gelman, Russia
North and Central America
Singles Kamloops Residential School – Amber Bracken, Canada, for The New York Times
Stories The People Who Feed the United States – Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh, Agence VU’
Long-Term Projects Political Year Zero – Louie Palu, Canada
Open Format The Flower of Time. Guerrero's Red Mountain – Yael Martínez, Mexico
Honorable Mention Amid High Mortality Rates, Black Women Turn to Midwives – Sarah Reingewirtz, United States, for Los Angeles Daily News and Southern California News Group
Singles San Isidro Settlement Eviction – Vladimir Encina, Colombia
Stories The Promise – Irina Werning, Argentina, Pulitzer Center
Long-Term Projects Amazonian Dystopia – Lalo de Almeida, Brazil, for Folha de São Paulo/Panos Pictures
Open Format Blood is a Seed – Isadora Romero, Ecuador
Honorable Mention A Portrait of Absence – Viviana Peretti, Italy
Southeast Asia and Oceania
Singles Slingshots – Anonymous, for The New York Times
Stories Saving Forests with Fire – Matthew Abbott, Australia, for National Geographic/Panos Pictures
Long-Term Projects Haze – Abriansyah Liberto, Indonesia
Open Format The Will to Remember – Charinthorn Rachurutchata, Thailand
Honorable Mention Uprising in Myanmar – Ta Mwe, Myanmar, Sacca Photo
Every regional winner of the Contest receives a monetary prize of €1,000 ($1,465 AUD), along with inclusion in the annual worldwide exhibition and annual yearbook.
You can read more about the jury and judging process here or read the jury report here, and see more of the hundred plus winning images on the Contest website. The global winners will be announced on 7 April.
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