A few days ago, The World Press Photo Foundation announced the winners of its annual World Press Photo contest. Of course, a camera is just a tool – it’s the photographer who makes the image. However, it’s still interesting to find out what gear the photographers used to capture these powerful images. Spanish website Photolari has made charts of gear used by this year’s nominees and winners, and they give us some interesting insights.
There is a total of 45 winning photos (first, second and third place) across eight categories. Among these images, only three of them didn’t have any data on the camera used. The rest of the photos were used to make the charts, and they show that DSLR dominates the contest, big time. 64.3% of photographers used DSLRs, 23.7% of them shot their winning images on mirrorless cameras, and 12% of them used “other” gear (DJI Phantom 4 drones).
When it comes to the sensor size, 73.8% of winners used full-frame cameras and 16.7% of them used APS-C. Medium format cameras were used for 4.7% of the winning images, and the same percentage belongs to “other” formats (possibly MFT, but it’s not specified).
Canon seems to be the king of WPPA’s winning photos: the EOS 5D Mark IV is the most used, followed by the 5D Mark III. There are 16 photographers who used Canon cameras, or 30% of them. Nikon D5 is the next most used camera, with the same number of users as the Canon 5D Mark III. Interestingly enough, none of the overall winners used Canon or Nikon, nor they used DSLR. Yasuyoshi Chiba shot the photo of the year with a Fujifilm X-H1. Similarly, Romain Laurendeau’s photo story of the year was taken with the Fujifilm X100.
You can check out more here and go into more details on the camera brands and types used by the World Press Photo Awards winners.