The 2023 World Press Photo Contest has announced its four global winners! Chosen from thousands of entries, the winning images highlight the cost of war, the importance of peace, and the impact of climate change.
Photo of the year
Evgeniy Maloletka has been awarded the ‘Photo of the Year’. The image has been taken during the siege of Mariupol and depicts the human suffering caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
story of the year
Mads Nissen won in the category ‘Story of the Year’. Nine haunting images show Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. This story strongly reminds us of the ongoing struggles faced by the Afghan people.
long-term project award
Anush Babajanyan‘s long-term project is exploring the impact of water management issues in Central Asia and has been awarded the ‘Long-Term Project Award’.
open format award
Mohamed Mahdy‘s collaborative effort to preserve the fastly disappearing fishing village of Al Max in Egypt has won the ‘Open Format Award’. This project involves neighbors as much as the public, participating through a website that collects materials involving the Al Max village.
Executive Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, Joumana El Zein Khoury, said:
“Millions of people around the world will look at these photos and see death, despair, loss, and crisis. My wish is that they also see what I see. The hope that through documentation there is a chance of justice and a better future, through remembering we honor what is lost, and through the courage and dedication of these photographers we are inspired.
By highlighting these global winners, we hope to help people understand the world we all share a little bit more. I find myself thinking about how the people in these photos are not so much different from myself, bringing me to care more about what is happening to them. That is the indispensable benefit of photojournalism and documentary photography that I hope everyone who views these stories will also appreciate.”
The annual exhibition, taking place in over 60 cities worldwide, including Amsterdam (opening on April 22), Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Zurich, Tel Aviv, Taipei, Singapore, Mexico City, Jakarta, Sydney, and Toronto, will feature the winning stories, as well as other projects. The exhibition will also be available online, allowing millions more to view these stories.