Sudanese photographer Faiz Abubakr Mohamed was selected as the winner of the African “single” category at the regional stage of the prestigious 2022 World Press Photo Contest. A photo of Mohammed’s victory shows a female protester who threw back a tear gas canister in a riot police during the 2021 opposition to democratization.
The Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Contest recognizes and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography of the previous year. This year’s winners were selected from 64,823 photographs and open format entries by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.
Previously, a young man from Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Japan was illuminated by a mobile phone while demonstrators chanted a slogan for civilian control during a power outage in Cartum on June 19, 2019. The image by photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba was named as follows: World Press Photo of the Year 2020.
In the 65th Contest, following a new regional strategy, independent professional regional and global judges will determine the 2022 regional winners for each of the four categories. Singles, stories, long-term projects, and open formats.
Looking back at this year’s contest, Joumana El Zein Khoury, Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, said: We believe that the changes we believe will provide a deeper connection with different perspectives on photojournalism and documentary photography around the world. “
Winners of all regions of the contest will receive a prize of € 1,000, participation in the annual World Exhibition, publication in the Yearbook, publications and personal profiles on the World Press Photo website, and promotions on the World Press Photo platform. , Winners program, and physical awards.
The 2022 World Press Photo Contest was judged from January 17th to March 2nd, 2022. The contest was attended by local and global judges and was held online and offline. The latter was kindly provided by our partner hotel De L’Europe in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The regional judges first selected entries by regional category, then the global judges determined the regional winners, from which the global winners were determined.
Azerbaijan photographer and Global Jury Chairman Rena Effendi said: Each judge brought in expertise on relevant issues in their area and built on this knowledge as a team. The resulting selection of winners reflects the state of the world from a deeper and more subtle perspective. “
The global winners of the 2022 contest will be announced on April 7. The World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 will premiere on April 15th at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, before the start of the global tour. Upcoming exhibitions will be confirmed and added to the calendar throughout the year. The 2021 exhibition was held in 66 locations in 29 countries.
World Press Photo Yearbook 2022
The newly redesigned World Press Photo Yearbook 2022 presents the award-winning images, stories and works of the contest. The yearbook contains a detailed essay and a jury report for context and consideration. The book will be published in six languages and will be available in early May.
To celebrate the awards and winners, the World Press Photo Foundation will host a winners program in Amsterdam this year. In addition to the awards ceremony, the program consists of networking and press events, presentations, lectures, and a tour of the flagship World Press Photo Exhibition at DeNieuweKerk.