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World Photography Day: 10 World Press Photo Award Winners

Read on to view some of the most amazing photographs that won the World Press Photo Awards!

A day to celebrate the art, craft and history of photography, World Photography Day is an excellent opportunity to experience and participate in the world of cameras and photographs. On this occasion, we have compiled a collection of 10 World Press Photo Award Winners.

What’s the World Press Photo Award?

The World Press Photo Award is one of the most respected awards in Photojournalism. It is given to the photograph that “… is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity.”

These photographers speak for the world through their photography, and the award is a recognition of their talent and compassion. Let’s look at some of the most awe-inspiring winners of the award!

Paul Hansen – 2013

Hansen’s picture depicts the burial of Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad. The young boys are being carried to the funeral by their uncles. The children lost their lives when their house was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike.

Gaza Burial

John Stanmeyer – 2014

A portrayal of the hard time African immigrants are having in Djibouti City as they try to catch a signal from Somalia to communicate with their loved ones. The picture is moving and captures the struggle of the moment.


Mads Nissen – 2015

Nissen photographs an intimate moment between a gay couple in Russia when being anything but straight was difficult for its people. He focuses on closeness and intimacy in his pictures and this can be seen in his award-winning photo.

Jon and Alex

Warren Richardson – 2016

Richardson’s award-winning capture, a truly emotional photo, shows a baby being passed through a wired barrier to a refugee who’s managed to cross the border from Serbia into Hungary.

Hope for a New Life

Burhan Ozbilici – 2017

This is picture of Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş screaming after shooting Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador. The incident took place at an art gallery in Ankara. Altintas shouted “Allahu akbar” and “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.” 

An Assassination in Turkey

Ronaldo Schemidt – 2018

The photograph shows José Víctor Salazar Balza caught on fire during a riot that broke out at a protest against President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

Venezuela Crisis

John Moore – 2019

This was an incredibly popular photograph that captured struggles of Immigrants in the US. The picture shows Yanela Sanchez, Honduran toddler, crying as her mother is taken in custody by US border officials.

Crying Girl on the Border

Yasuyoshi Chiba – 2020

A picture of a young boy reciting protest poetry during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan. Light is being shone on the boy as he recites. It is a very moving and powerful picture that clearly shows the fight of Sudan’s people.

Straight Voice

Mads Nissen – 2021

This is Nissen’s second World Press Photo Award. Just like his photograph in 2015, this image also highlights empathy and intimacy. It depicts a hug between Rosa Luzia Lunardi and her nurse, Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home.

The First Embrace

Amber Bracken – 2022

The red dresses on crosses commemorate children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The photograph has behind it a very strong and emotional message that communicates to its viewers.

Kamloops Residential School

Photographs are a great way to communicate with people. All the winners of the World Press Photo Award have captured serious and important messages with their photographs. For more details about the pictures and the photographers, head out to their official website!

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