After giving us a little teaser with its 2021 nominees, the World Press Photo Contest has now announced this year’s winners. The best of the best for the World Press Photo contest and Digital Storytelling Contest have been announced, and we bring you the stunning selection of photos below.
The World Press Photo Contest won’t be announced till next month. Still, The World Press Photo Foundation has something for us. They have announced this year’s nominees of the World Press Photo contest, as well as the Digital Storytelling Contest. And just like always, the photos are breathtaking, moving, and thought-provoking.
Photojournalist Andy Aitchison (46) was recently arrested after photographing protests at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, UK. He was reportedly arrested on suspicion of criminal damage for taking photos. In other words – for doing his job. He believes it’s censorship, and some serious concerns have been raised about media freedom.
It’s hard to escape from the USA elections these days, no matter where you live. I don’t like interfering with politics too much, but I still found something that really intrigued me: a photo. Actually, two photos that look quite a lot like each other, and they were taken four years apart.
Former White House photographer Pete Souza noticed the similarity too, and he didn’t miss to point it out. In a recent tweet, he subtly called out photographer Evan Vucci for creating a photo very similar to an iconic image of Obama, only with Trump as the main subject.
The Associated Press (AP) has announced a partnership with Sony. Over the next two years, all AP’s visual journalists from all over the globe will use exclusively Sony gear to capture their still and video stories.
The death of George Floyd this May sparked protests across the USA and even internationally. These events make us reevaluate many things, including the ethics of storytelling and photography. In this week’s episode of Impact Everywhere’s podcast, Benjamin Von Wong spoke to Danielle Da Silva. She is an award-winning photographer, and a founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders (PWB). Danielle spoke with Ben about her own experience with discrimination, and elaborated on PWB’s guidelines for ethical photography. If you’re a photojournalist, this is something you must listen. But honestly, I recommend it to everyone.
During the coronavirus crisis, the importance of keeping a distance from others keeps popping up. And yet, we keep seeing photos that show people standing way close to one another. The camera never lies. Or does it?
Copenhagen-based photojournalists Ólafur Steinar Rye Gestsson and Philip Davali decided to debunk the myth that the camera always tells the truth. In an experiment for the photo news agency Ritzau Scanpix, they took photos in public using different lenses and perspectives. The photos they made show just how much you can change the story by simply changing the angle of view or the focal length.
In many parts of the U.S. the reality of social distancing policies have only been in place for about a month. Yet during that time and the few weeks that preceded it, photographers have already churned through a number of phases to document and depict the outbreak.
In a sense, these phases represent visual tropes – a way of immediately understanding that the photo is illustrative of the pandemic. And in its laziest form, these tropes are, in the words of Fred Ritchin, mere “signifiers.” The utilization of a “signifier” elucidates very little about a story. At its best, photos of the pandemic give us context and pull us in emotionally in a way that words can’t. Joshua Bickel’s “zombie” protestor photo is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
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.
The World Press Photo Foundation has just announced winners of its annual World Press Photo contest, as well as its Digital Storytelling Contest. The winners have been selected from a stunning gallery of nominees. Sadly, this year’s awards ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can view the winning images online.