World Press Photo 2019 Winners Announced

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The largest photojournalism competition, The World Press Photo 2019, unveiled the winners of the 62nd edition, as seen on HYPEBEAST FR. Chaired by Whitney C. Johnson (Deputy Director of Photography for National Geographic magazine ), the jury had received more than “78,801 photos from 4,738 photographers from 129 different countries” according to GEO magazine.

On the 11th of April in Amsterdam, the names of the winners were announced among 8 categories: “Contemporary Subjects,” “General Information,” “Environment,” “Nature,” “Long-term Projects,” “Portraits,” “News” and “Sport”.

Photo of the year

Crying Girl on the Border – John Moore

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A two-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. Capturing asylum seekers who had crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico, as the Border Patrol enforced Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy against Mexican immigrants. Here a mother is searched before being sent to a treatment centre for a possible separation with her daughter.

Series of the year

The Migrant Caravan – Pieter Ten Hoopen

 

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Mexico, Tapanatepec, October 2018 By Pieter Ten Hoopen / Agence VU @pietertenhoopen World Press Photo Story of the Year – “The new award for the World Press Photo Story of the Year 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 2018.” / From the series “The Migrant Caravan” Families bathe, wash clothes and relax beside the Rio Novillero, when a migrant caravan takes a rest day near Tapanatepec. During October and November, thousands of Central American migrants joined a caravan heading to the United States border. The caravan, assembled through a grassroots social media campaign, left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on 12 October, and as word spread drew people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. They were a mix of those facing political repression and violence, and those fleeing harsh economic conditions in the hope of a better life. Traveling in a caravan offered a degree of safety on a route where migrants have previously disappeared or been kidnapped, and was an alternative to paying high rates to people smugglers. Migrant caravans travel to the US border at different times each year, but this was the largest in recent memory with as many as 7,000 travelers, including at least 2,300 children, according to UN agencies. Conditions along the way were grueling, with people walking around 30 km a day, often in temperatures above 30°C. The caravan usually set off at around 4am each day to avoid the heat. Like others, the caravan drew condemnation from US president Donald Trump, who made it a focal point of rallies and used it to reiterate his call for tough immigration policies and the building of a border wall. #agencevu #vu_photo #vu_archive #personalproject #documentary #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #mexico #WPPh2019 #worldpressphoto #pietertenhoopen

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During October and November 2018, thousands of Central Americans migrated north to the US border. The caravan left San Pedro Sula (Honduras) on October 12 before growing with the arrival of people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. The complete series of Pieter Ten Hoopen can be found here.

Category Contemporary Subjects – 1st Prize (single photo)

The Cubanitas – Diana Markosian

Pura travels around her neighbourhood in a 1950s pink convertible, as the community gathers to celebrate her 15th birthday in Havana, Cuba.

Category Contemporary Subjects – 1st Prize (series)

Blessed Be the Fruit: Ireland’s Struggle to Overturn Anti-Abortion Laws – Olivia Harris

On May 25, Ireland voted in favor to cancel its abortion laws with a large majority, which were among the most restrictive in the world. A 1983 referendum resulted in an eighth amendment to the Irish constitution reinforcing the ban on abortions, even if the pregnancy was the result of rape and incest. Before the referendum, approximately 3,000 women travelled to the United Kingdom each year to undergo an abortion.

Category Environment -1st Prize (single photo)

Akashinga – The Brave Ones – Brent Stirton

Petronella Chigumbura, 30, a member of an all-female anti-poaching organisation called Akashinga, is involved in stealth and concealment training at the Phundundu Wildlife Park in Zimbabwe.

Environment category – 1st Prize (series)

The Chad Crisis Lake – Marco Gualazzini

 

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I am honored to receive this first prize of the Environment Category story at the @worldpressphoto #wpph2019 Africa, Chad, Bol. 16/10/2018 Bol hospital, the only one in the whole of the Lake Chad region. The most common diseases are malnutrition, malaria and AIDS. In recent years, the Lake Chad region has become the setting of the world’s most complex humanitarian disaster, devastated by converging scourges of climate change, violent extremism, food insecurity, population explosion, disease, poverty, weak statehood, and corruption. This series nominated at the World Press Photo describe the on going crisis of the lake chad basin, that has produced almost 2 million refugees. Climate change in Chad has led to the desertification of the lake. It has created internal refugees who become easy prey for the terrorists who travel down from Nigeria on small boats, across the lake, to recruit, kidnap and attack the civilian population. Basically the Lake Chad crisis condenses the three most significant problems of our time into one major crisis: desertification, terrorism, and a totalitarian government that makes it difficult to bring in aid. • • • • • #YourShotPhotographer #friendsinperson #everydayeverywhere #everydayafrica #myfeatureshoot #liveforthestory #ReportageSpotlight #photooftheday #all_shots #exposure #composition #capture #moment #Dysturb #photojournalism @contrasto_photographers

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A humanitarian crisis is underway in Chad Basin, caused by a complex combination of political conflicts and environmental factors. Lake Chad – one of the largest lakes in Africa and a lifeline for 40 million people – is experiencing massive desertification.

Category News – 1st Prize (single photo)

The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi – Chris McGrath

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On October 15, 2018, an unidentified man tried to detain the press as Saudi researchers arrive at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. In the context of growing international reaction following the suspicious death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Category News – 1st Prize – Series

Yemen Crisis – Lorenzo Tugnoli

 

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I don’t usually post color images. But today is a special day. My work in Yemen has been nominated for the World Press Photo Story of the Year. I hope this award will give visibility to a story that really matters. Unfortunately the crisis in Yemen is not over. I want to thank again @olivierclaurent and @maryannegolon for their amazing work. Also thanks to Giulia Tornari and all the amazing staff at @contrasto_photographers for their help and support. This image was taken in a small clinic in Aslam, in north-west Yemen. @worldpressphoto @washpostphoto #Yemen #blackandwhitephotography #photojounalism #photojournalist #photographer #documentaryphotography #documentary #reportage #photostory #onassignment

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After nearly four years of conflict in Yemen, at least 8.4 million people are at risk of starvation, and 22 million people (75 per cent of the population) need humanitarian assistance, according to the UN.

Category Long-Short Project – 1st Prize (Series)

Beckon Us From Home – Sarah Blesener

April 4, 2016 – November 17, 2018 – The photographer visited ten youth programs in the United States, as well as schools and military summer camps in Russia. The aim of the series is to use these young people and their lives as a central point in an open dialogue about ideas introduced to future generations and to examine how young people react to contemporary society.

Category Nature – 1st Prize (Single Photo)

Harvesting Frogs’ Legs -Bence Máté

Sliced-legged frogs surrounded by juvenile frogs wrestle at the surface after being thrown into the water in Covasna, Eastern Carpathians, Romania, in April.

Nature category – 1st Prize (series)

Falcons and the Arab Influence – Brent Stirton

 

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I had the pleasure of working on #Falcons for the October 2018 issue of the National Geographic Magazine. In #Mongolia I worked with the wonderful Batbayar Bold, a member of the Mongolian Wildlife Science and Conservation Center. The key issue we focused on was the danger posed by electric pylons and how they kill millions of raptors every year. ⠀ In numerous studies of mitigation measures, the use of perch deflector spikes on the cross arms of line poles reduced #electrocution rates when 3 or 4 spikes were deployed. Perch deflectors work by reducing the opportunity for birds to perch adjacent to pin insulators rather than by reducing the frequency of #birds perching on the cross arm. At anchor poles, a simple reconfiguration of jump wires at two phases so that they passed under the cross arm rather than over, significantly reduces electrocution rates. These mitigation measures potentially represent an inexpensive method to reduce the frequency of #raptor electrocution in regions where cost is a key factor for power line managers in determining whether or not any form of mitigation is used. The Mongolians made a case study of one 100-kilometer section of powerlines on the steppe for a 1-year period, in that time, over 320 rare #Saker Falcons were found electrocuted from that small sample area alone. Thousands of other birds were also killed. It wasn’t hard to see how the millions and millions of miles of powerlines around the world devastate the global #bird population. On a more positive note, I also got to see a project where the Mongolians have erected thousands of artificial nesting sites on the barren Steppe, as well as spend time with Boldbaatar Batjargal, a Mongolian master #falconer, who is as close to these birds as anyone on the planet. I watched him imprint himself on a Saker falcon mother, so he could disentangle one of her chicks from plastic in the nest which was deforming the chick’s foot and threatening its future. What followed from the mother bird truly looked like gratitude. @natgeo #falconry #conservation #endangeredspecies⠀

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The millennial practice of falconry is experiencing an international resurgence, particularly through efforts in the Arab world. UNESCO now recognizes falconry as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity (ICH), a status that has not been recognized by any other hunting sport.

Category Portrait – 1st Prize (Single Photo)

Dakar Fashion – Finbarr O’Reilly

 

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Honoured that this image taken a few weeks ago in Dakar has been selected for a 2019 World Press Photo Award (Portraits category) mainly because it challenges many of the depictions we so often see from Africa. During 15 years spent living and working across the continent, I often produced the kinds of images that define Western coverage here–explicit, disturbing photographs of violence and suffering. I’ve always tried to offer a nuanced, broader view, but it is clear that coverage must be more rounded with African voices shaping the narrative. Foreign reporting on unfolding events—however grim and ugly the reality—is essential, but we must remain conscious of how outdated and damaging it is to perpetuate the enduring legacy of the colonial, or anthropological gaze. Being white, male, and privileged brings with it certain perspectives and biases that may not be possible to fully escape. We can, however, acknowledge them and work to minimize their influence. Yes, I pressed the shutter to capture this image, but much of the creativity behind it lies with Adama (Paris) Ndiaye @adamaparis, the Senegalese designer who has pushed the Dakar fashion scene onto the global stage, West Africa’s everyday sense of glamour and style embodied by the Senegalese, as well as generosity of the residents of Dakar’s Medina neighbourhood, who permitted us to wander into their yard and use it for an impromptu shoot where the various elements seen here fell into place. World Press Photo has engaged initiatives such as the African Photographers Database, a directory of emerging and professional African news photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers reporting on cultural, economic, environmental, political and social issues on the continent, as well as sports, nature, and stories of everyday life. In the weeks ahead, I will showcase some of their work on my Instagram stories. Caption: Diarra Ndiaye, Ndeye Fatou Mbaye and Mariz Sakho model outfits by designer Adama Paris, in the Medina neighborhood of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, as curious residents look on. #photojournalism #Senegal #Africa @worldpressphoto #fashion #style @everydayafrica

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31 December 2018 – Diarra Ndiaye, Ndeye Fatou Mbaye and Mariza Sakho are models for the designer Adama Paris, in the Medina district of the Senegalese capital (Dakar) under the gaze of curious residents.

Category Portrait – 1st Prize (Series)

Land of Ibeji – Benedictine Kurzen and Sanne de Wilde

 

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Photo by @benedicte_kurzen & @sanne_de_wilde / @noorimages | We’re extremly proud to share that our Benedicte Kurzen and Sanne De Wilde were awarded 1st prize of the @WorldPressPhoto Contest, Portrait series with their collaborative photographic project Land of Ibeji discovering the mythology of twinhood in #Nigeria. Read about it in our latest newsletter (link in bio) Caption: NIGERIA, Igbo-Ora, October 2018, Kehinde Quadra and Taiwo Dadrac. Twins pose for the photographers in the old city of Igbo-Ora. These identical twin sisters of fair complexion were standing side by side and shot in profile. In such a way that one seems to be the ‘shadow’ or the other half of the other. The physical ‘double’. Igbo-Ora, the self proclaimed ‘Twin Capital of the World’ has earned its nickname by the unusually large number of twin births in the region. Research has suggested that the multiple births could be related to the (over)consumption of local crops by the women in the region of Igbo Ora. Although no direct relation between dietary intake and twin births has been proved, a research study carried out by the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital has suggested that a chemical found in Igbo-Ora women and the peelings of a widely consumed tuber (yams) could be causing twins births. Another possible explanation is genetics.

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Nigeria has one of the highest twinning rates in the world, especially among the southwestern Yoruba. In the town of Igbo-Ora, in the south-west of the country, nicknamed “the house of the twins of the nation”, almost all families would have at least a pair of twins.

Sport Category – 1st Prize (Single Photo)

Boxing in Katanga – John T. Pedersen

 

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«Boxing in Katanga» Moreen Ajambo (30) I am honored and humble to have received the 1st prize in the World Press photo contest, in category Sports-singles. For this photo of the boxer Moreen Ajambo (30) a mother of seven in Katanga slum in Kampala, Uganda. But its not just all about us ! Its about the people we meet along the way, listening to their stories in good and bad. So thank you Moreen, for let me into your life, to share your story. I wish you all the best, may you reach your goals…. To a better life outside the slum. Thanks #worldpressphoto #uganda #kampala #boxing #femaleboxing #sportsphoto #photojournalist #photojournalism #nikon #sarpsborg #fredrikstad @photographer_johntpedersen

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March 24, 2018 – Boxer Moreen Ajambo (30) trains at the Rhino Boxing Club in Katanga, a large slum in Kampala, Uganda.

Sport Category – 1st Prize (Series)

Crying for Freedom – Forough Alaei

In Iran, women are forbidden to enter football stadiums, football being the most popular sport in the country, this ban is a controversial issue. On March 1, 2018, FIFA President Gianni Infantino met with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to address the problem.

All winners are to be found on the World Press Photo website.

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