World Press Photo always presents us with thought-provoking and emotional images after announcing its annual contest results. But while we wait for April and the overall winners, there’s another treat for all fans of documentary photography and photojournalism.
The regional winners for the 65th World Press Photo Contest have been announced, and they cover four different categories: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, and Open Format. This means dozens of striking images, and you can see them all below.
Each year, The World Press Photo Contest receives tens of thousands of submissions from every corner of the world. This year, the winners were chosen out of 64,823 photos and open format entries, including 4,066 photographers from 130 countries. The 2022 World Press Photo Contest works with six worldwide regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania.
“It is exhilarating to see the way in which the new regional contest set up is producing the changes that we were hoping for,” said Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation. “Changes that we believe will offer different perspectives on, and a deeper connection to, photojournalism and documentary photography from all over the world.”
Global winners of the World Press Photo Contest will be announced in April. But the regional winners deserve just as much attention, so take a look at their photos below and make sure to visit the contest’s website for more information.
North and Central America
Singles – Kamloops Residential School
Stories – The People Who Feed the United States
Long-Term Projects – Political Year Zero
Open Format – The Flower of Time. Guerrero’s Red Mountain
Singles – San Isidro Settlement Eviction
Stories – The Promise
Long-Term Projects – Amazonian Dystopia
Open Format – Blood is a Seed
Singles – Evia Island Wildfire
Stories – As Frozen Land Burns
Long-Term Projects – Ukraine Crisis
Open Format – The Book of Veles
Singles – Sudan Protests
Stories – Afraid to go to School
Long-Term Projects – The Zebu War
Open Format – The Longing of the Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken
Singles – Palestinian Children in Gaza
Stories – The Cinema of Kabul
Long-Term Projects – Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict
Open Format – Blue Affair
Southeast Asia and Oceania
Singles – Slingshots
Stories – Saving Forests with Fire
Long-Term Projects – Haze
Open Format – The Will to Remember