World Press Photo 2022 in Groningen

The World Press Photo Foundation is proud to present the winners of the World Press Photo Contest 2022.  NonFiction Photo represents the World Press Photo 2022 in Groningen by showing this year's winner photos at the upcoming festival in November. An independent jury selected the best photos of the year from regional winners. This year has a new format, in which four global winners will be chosen from six world regions. Out of tens of thousands of entries, the final winners were announced on April 7.

By: Thijs Borcheld

NonFiction Photo Festival 2022 met de World press photo Exhibition2022 in Groningen
Amber Bracken voor The New York Times

The awarded pieces invite us to step outside the news cycle and reflect on the devastating effects of colonization and the importance of preserving indigenous knowledge. 

World Press Photo of the Year 2022

For the first time in the 67-year history of the competition, there is no person in the winning photo. The strength of this winning image lies in the lack of human beings, whereby only memorial images make the memory of history visible.

Amber Bracken's photo commemorates the children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada. Until its closure in 1969, the purpose of the institution was to force children to renounce their own culture and customs. The institution thus attempted to impose an institutional form of 'normal' on young generations. Many children died during this process. Bracken's photo was taken in response to the discovery of no fewer than 215 unmarked graves in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Judge Rena Effendi said about the photo: “This is a quiet moment of global reckoning for the history of colonization. Not just in Canada, but all over the world.”

Touching themes in the World Press Photo Contest 2022

Effendi says: “The stories and photos of the global winners are connected. All four show, in their own unique way, the consequences of humanity's pursuit of progress and the devastating effects on our planet that this entails. These projects not only reflect the immediate urgency of the climate crisis, but also give us insight into possible solutions.” She adds: “Together, the winners pay tribute to the past, present the present and look to the future.”



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November – December 2022
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