World Press Photo Contest 2022: Global winners revealed

Amber Bracken’s picture, entitled Kamloops Residential School, has been named World Press Photo of the Year.

Image source, Amber Bracken for The New York Times

Taken for The New York Times, the image shows red dresses hung on crosses along a roadside to commemorate children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, an institution created to assimilate indigenous children, in British Columbia, Canada.

The photo was shot in June 2021, following the detection of as many as 215 unmarked graves at the site of the former school, which closed in 1978.

“It is an image that sears itself into your memory, it inspires a kind of sensory reaction,” said jury chairperson Rena Effendi.

“I could almost hear the quietness in this photograph, a quiet moment of global reckoning for the history of colonisation, not only in Canada but around the world.”

Ms Bracken’s photo also won the Singles award in the regional North and Central America category.

The World Press Photo Contest recognises the best photojournalism and documentary photography.

This year’s winners were chosen from 64,823 entries taken by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.

Matthew Abbott was named the winner of the World Press Photo Story of the Year category, with his series Saving Forests with Fire, taken for National Geographic and Panos Pictures.

Image source, Matthew Abbott taken for National Geographic

The photos show indigenous Australians strategically burning land in a practice known as Cool Burning, in which fires move slowly, burn only the undergrowth, and remove the build-up of fuel that feeds bigger blazes.

The series featured the Nawarddeken people of West Arnhem Land, Australia, who have been carrying out the practice for tens of thousands of years.

Image source, Matthew Abbott taken for National Geographic

The jury chose Amazonian Dystopia by Lalo de Almeida as the winner of the Long-Term Project Award.

Image source, Lalo de Almeida, taken for Folha de São Paulo

The photos, taken for Folha de São Paulo and Panos Pictures, show the threat to the Amazon rainforest from deforestation, mining, infrastructural development and the exploitation of natural resources under Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro.

“This project portrays something that does not just have negative effects on the local community, but also globally, as it triggers a chain of reactions,” said Ms Effendi.

The series also won the Stories award in the regional Southeast Asia and Oceania category.

Image source, Lalo de Almeida taken for Folha de São Paulo

Blood is a Seed, by Isadora Romero, was awarded the World Press Photo Open Format Award.

Through personal stories and a journey to Ms Romero’s ancestral village of Une, Cundinamarca, Colombia, the project questions the disappearance of seeds, forced migration, colonisation, and the subsequent loss of ancestral knowledge.

Image source, Isadora Romero

The World Press Photo regional winners were also announced, some of which can be seen below, with captions from the competition.

Africa, Singles: Sudan Protests, by Faiz Abubakr Mohamed, Sudan

Image source, Faiz Abubakr Mohamed
Image caption,

A protester throws back a tear gas canister that had been fired by security forces during a march demanding an end to military rule, in Khartoum, Sudan, on 30 December 2021

Africa, Stories: Afraid to go to School, by Sodiq Adelakun Adekola, Nigeria, for Agence France-Presse

Image source, Sodiq Adelakun Adekola taken for AFP
Image caption,

Aminah Labaran (not her real name) cries at home, in Jangebe, Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria, on 27 February 2021, the day after her two daughters were abducted. Gunmen, apparently from a bandit group, snatched 279 girls from dormitories in the middle of the night, at the Government Girls Secondary School in the village

Asia, Singles: Palestinian Children in Gaza, by Fatima Shbair, Gaza, for Getty Images

Image source, Fatima Shbair taken for Getty Images
Image caption,

Palestinian children gather with candles during a ceasefire in Beit Lahia, Gaza, on 25 May 2021

Asia, Stories: The Cinema of Kabul, by Bram Janssen, the Netherlands, for the Associated Press

Image source, Bram Janssen taken for AP
Image caption,

Gul Mohammed, who works as an usher in the Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan, poses for a photograph on 4 November 2021, nearly three months after the Taliban closed the cinema

Europe, Singles: Evia Island Wildfires, by Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News

Image source, Konstantinos Tsakalidis taken for Bloomberg News
Image caption,

Panayiota Kritsiopi cries out as a wildfire approaches her house in the village of Gouves, on the island of Evia, Greece, on 8 August 2021

Europe, Stories: As Frozen Land Burns, by Nanna Heitmann, Russia/Germany, for Magnum Photos

Image source, Nanna Heitmann taken for Magnum Photos
Image caption,

Local firefighting volunteers take a break for food in Magaras, central Sakha, Siberia, Russia, on 1 July 2021

North and Central America, Stories: The People Who Feed the United States, by Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh, for Agence VU’

Image source, Ismail Ferdous taken for Agence VU’
Image caption,

Sandra Sibert sits with her husband, James, in the room where she had to stay in isolation with Covid-19, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, on 7 September 2020

South America, Singles: San Isidro Settlement Eviction, by Vladimir Encina, Colombia

Image source, Vladimir Encina
Image caption,

Police agents arrest a man while his wife and family resist, during evictions of people from the San Isidro settlement, in Puerto Caldas, Risaralda, Colombia, on 6 March 2021

South America, Stories: The Promise, by Irina Werning, Argentina, for Pulitzer Center

Image source, Irina Werning taken for Pulitzer Center
Image caption,

Antonella studies via Zoom, using her mother’s mobile phone, in her room at home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 13 June 2021

Southeast Asia and Oceania, Singles: Slingshots, by anonymous, for The New York Times

Image source, Anonymous taken for The New York Times
Image caption,

Protesters use slingshots and other homemade weapons in a clash with security forces in Yangon, Myanmar

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