World Press Photo 2022 announces its regional winners

Reading Time: 2 moments

Evia Island Wildfire © Konstantinos Tsakalidis, for Bloomberg Information.

This year, the image contest shifted its strategy to a regional approach. Today, it announces its initial round of winners, chosen by an independent jury through six global regions

“We needed to look at the contest from a different angle – to change the format of how it really is set up, and how it is evaluated, in order to improve representation through regions that have been historically underrepresented in our contests, ” stated Anna Lena Mehr, Competition director.

Today, World Press Photo announced its initial round of regional champions. The photographers were selected by an independent jury through six different regions: Cameras, Asia, Europe, North plus Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. Each region has 4 categories: Single, Stories, Long term projects, and Open File format. Out of these 24 those who win, four global winners is going to be announced on 07 04.

Sudan Protests © Faiz Abubakr Mohamed.

This year’s winning photographs were chosen away from 64, 823 entries by 4, 066 photographers from 130 countries. Among the winners from Africa is Faiz Abubakr Mohamed. His image, which wins in the single image category, was made throughout a march demanding an end in order to military rule in Sudan. It shows a protester throwing back a tear-gas canister fired by security forces [above].

Within the Asia region, Bram Janssen’s The Cinema of Kabul [below] wins in the stories category. The photo-series documents life in the Afghan capital  following the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

The Cinema of Kabul © Bram Janssen, The Associated Press.

Ukraine Crisis © Guillaume Herbaut, Agence VU.

Guillaume Herbaut’s long term project, Ukraine Problems [above], examines the occasions leading to the current war inside Ukraine. Elsewhere from the European countries region, Konstantinos Tsakalidis is victorious in the single images type for his devastating picture from the wildfires in Evia, Greece in August 2021.

In the US, Ismail Ferdous uncovers stories of migrants working in the meatpacking industry, and Thailand Charinthorn Rachurutchata juxtaposes archival images of the October 1976 massacre of college students with their own images of the ongoing Thai protests.

Also winning in the Open Format categories are Rehab Eldalil’s documentation of Egypt’s Bedouin community, and Kosuke Okahara’s experimental photo and moving image project about a town in Okinawa, Japan.  

The Yearning of the Stranger Whose Route Has Been Broken © Rehabilitation Eldalil.

Blue Affair © Kosuke Okahara.

With its new regional approach, the organisation hopes to represent a wider range of voices plus stories. Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of World Press Photo Basis, said: “It is exciting to see the way in which the new regional contest set up is producing the changes that we were hoping for. Changes that we think will offer different perspectives on, and a deeper connection to, photojournalism and documentary photography through all over the world. ”

Marigold Warner

Marigold Warner joined the British Log Photography in April 2018, and currently holds the position of Online Editor. The lady studied English Literature and History of Art at the School of Leeds, followed by a good MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. Her work has been published by titles including the Telegraph Magazine, Huck, Gal-dem, Disegno, and the Architects Record.

No Newer Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.