Nominees and winners of the 2020 World Press Photo Contest were recently announced, with the Awards Show and Photo Festival scheduled to take place between 16 and 18 April in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Sadly, the current situation with the coronavirus has forced the World Press Photo Foundation to cancel this year’s show.
We received an email from the organization confirming the decision to cancel the planned events in Amsterdam:
“We are devastated that we will not be holding two of our major events that honor and showcase this year’s contest winners in person. Both events have become pivotal occasions for the visual journalism community to come together and we are all going to miss this moment.
We were well advanced with the planning for these events and to bring that to a stop is not an easy decision. Combined with the on-going uncertainty about the scale of the COVID-19 virus, this means it is not possible for us to postpone the events until later in the year.
However, the safety of our community, staff and society outweighs all other considerations.
We have been following the assessments of trustworthy sources such as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and they report that in the coming weeks there is a moderate to high risk of more countries reporting more cases and clusters. ‘Social distancing’ is the way the risk of the COVID-19 virus is being managed, and we have concluded we can not hold events where international guests are invited to join local participants in a mass gathering.”
The winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and the Digital Storytelling Contest will be announced on 16 April 2020, along with the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year and the three other major awards. Instead of the live show in Amsterdam, the winning images will be presented to the global audience through a wide range of online and media channels.
“We will be working hard to give those winners the recognition they deserve. The nominees for those awards can be seen now at worldpressphoto.org, the worldwide exhibition tour continues, and we are also looking forward to finding new ways of fulfilling our mission: connecting the world to the stories that matter.”