Avant la remise des prix prévue pour le 16 avril prochain à Amsterdam, World Press Photo, le plus grand concours dédié au photo-journalisme, a dévoilé les quelques 130 photos finalistes de cette 63ème édition. Le jury du prestigieux concours, présidé cette année par le Sud-Africain Lekgetho Makola, directeur de l’école Market Photo Workshop de Johannesburg, les a sélectionnées parmi les plus de 74 000 clichés soumis tout au long de cette année.
Les photos déjà révélées permettent de faire une rapide rétrospective des évènements marquant de l’année 2019 : des révoltes violentes à Hong Kong et en Algérie aux feux de forêts destructeurs en Australie et aux États-Unis en passant par les ouragans qui ont frappé les Caraïbes ou encore des sujets plus légers comme les grandes manifestations sportives ou des photos environnementales. En tout, huit catégories classent les photos : ”sujets contemporains”, “infos générales”, “environnement”, “nature”, “projets au long cours”, “portraits”, “actualité” et “sport”.
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1. A man holds a poster in Shatin, Hong Kong, as people gather to sing a protest song, on 11 September 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Students cross a road to school after participating in a human-chain rally, in Hong Kong, on 12 September 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Riot police run towards protesters on Nathan Road in Hong Kong, on 1 December 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. A woman holds up an umbrella (a symbol of protest) during protests in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, on 1 October 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Hong Kong Unrest’ by Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse (@afpphoto). One of three World Press Photo Story of the Year nominees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Protests began to be held in Hong Kong at the end of March in response to government proposals to amend existing legislation and allow extradition to mainland China. Anti-government demonstrations gathered momentum over the following weeks as pro-democracy groups united, with students playing a large role in protests and in human-chain rallies. On 12 June, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered around the Legislative Council building ahead of a debate on the extradition laws, and met with violent opposition from police. Protests continued to escalate, both in frequency and size, as did police counter-measures. The authorities banned the wearing of face masks, and at a demonstration on 1 October, the day marking the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the People’s Republic of China, police fired live ammunition at protesters for the first time. After initially proposing postponements and amendments to legislation, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam eventually announced that she would withdraw the bill. This was done on 23 October, but protesters’ demands had broadened to include implementation of genuine universal suffrage and release of arrested protestors, and unrest continued into 2020. ⠀ – ⠀⠀ The 2020 Photo Contest & 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest nominees have been announced! We’re sharing the nominated photos in alphabetical order. ⠀⠀⠀ Discover the stories that matter, chosen by an independent jury by following the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀ The winners will be announced on 16 April. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WPPh2020 #worldpressphoto
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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 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Straight Voice’ by Yasuyoshi Chiba (@yasuyoshi_chiba), Japan, Agence France-Presse (@afpphoto). One of six World Press Photo of the Year nominees. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Protests had begun in the eastern city of Atbara in December 2018, reportedly against the tripling of the price of bread, but then broadened in focus and had spread rapidly throughout the country. By April 2019, protesters were staging a sit-in close to army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, and demanding an end to the 30-year rule of dictator Omar al-Bashir. On 11 April, al-Bashir was removed from office in a military coup, and a transitional military government was established. Protests continued, calling for power to be handed to civilian groups. On 3 June, government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters. Scores of people were killed and many more subject to further violence. Three days later the African Union suspended Sudan, in the midst of widespread international condemnation of the attack. The authorities sought to defuse protests by imposing blackouts, and shutting down the internet. Protesters communicated by text message, word of mouth and using megaphones, and resistance to military rule continued. Despite another severe crackdown on 30 June, the pro-democracy movement was eventually successful in signing a power-sharing agreement with the military, on 17 August. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ – ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 2020 Photo Contest & 2020 Digital Storytelling Contest nominees have been announced! We’re sharing the nominated photos, selected from 73,996 images by 4,283 photographers from 125 countries, in alphabetical order. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Discover the stories that matter, chosen by an independent jury of photography and digital storytelling professionals by following the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The winners will be announced at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 16 April. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #WPPh2020 #worldpressphoto
Jetez un œil aux photos retenues dans la galerie ci-dessus et rendez-vous sur le site du World Press Photo pour en apprendre plus sur les conditions dans lesquelles elles ont été prises. Rendez-vous le 16 avril prochain pour connaître les grandes gagnantes de chaque catégories. En attendant, découvrez les lauréats de l’édition 2019.