World Press Photo Awards 2021
Who is going to win the World Press Photo of the Year? A grand total of 4,315 photographers from 130 countries have entered 74,470 images for the famous competition. The 2021 World Press Photo Contest nominees are 45 photographers from 28 countries. Winners will be announced on April 15th.
“The nominated images, stories and productions we introduce today present different perspectives of one of the most important years in recent history, marked by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social rights movements around the world. Amongst the nominees are remarkable stories of hope, resilience, and social change. I would like to thank the independent jury for their dedication and commitment in selecting the stories that mattered in 2020,” said Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation.
The six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year are: link to nominees’ info
‘Emancipation Memorial Debate’, Evelyn Hockstein, World Press Photo competition nominee 2021, United States, for The Washington Post
‘Injured Man After Port Explosion in Beirut’, Lorenzo Tugnoli, World Press Photo competition nominee 2021, Italy, Contrasto for The Washington Post
‘Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa’, Luis Tato, World Press Photo competition nominee 2021, Spain, for The Washington Post
‘The First Embrace’, Mads Nissen, World Press Photo competition nominee 2021, Denmark, Politiken/Panos Pictures
‘The Transition: Ignat, Oleg Ponomarev, World Press Photo competition nominee 2021, Russia.
‘Leaving Home in Nagorno-Karabakh’, Valery Melnikov, World Press Photo competition nominee 2021, Russia, for Sputnik
Judging the World Press Photo categories
An independent jury comprising leading photography professionals selected the nominated photographs and the stories that matter. Rodrigo Orrantia, curator and 2021 Photo Contest jury member, said about this year’s entries: “I think what stood out the most was the variety of approaches to visual storytelling. Photographers in general, but specifically photojournalists and press photographers, are discovering new ways of telling stories visually.”
How is the World Press Photo of the Year selected?
The World Press Photo of the Year gets picked based on its visual quality and the quality of the story it represents. Next to that, it should be a reflection of the times. Not a small feat, so to pick this amazing image, the judging process takes a whopping six weeks to complete.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judging of the contest took place entirely online. The total judging panel consists of seven specialized juries and a general jury. During several rounds of judging, seven independent specialist juries shortlist photographs in eight categories: Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Spot News, Sports, and Portraits. An independent General Jury then shortlisted the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year.
Join the reveal
The actual winners will be announced on April 15th during an online awards ceremony as part of the World Press Photo Festival 2021. Can’t join? The nominees in each category are also published in World Press Photo’s online collection and are coming to Groningen in November this year.