This year’s 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees have been announced, with a number of professional photographers being recognized for their visual journalism over the past year. The World Press Photo Contest, which began in 1955 and is now in its 62nd edition, uses an independent jury to oversee photographic works from six global regions across a multitude of backgrounds.
This year, 78,801 images by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries entered the contest, and the jury has selected 43 nominees in eight categories, with six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year and three nominees for their new award, World Press Photo Story of the Year. The World Press Photo Story of the Year “honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills produced a story with excellent editing and sequencing that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in 2018,” according to the organization.
“The Story of the Year allowed us to have more nuanced photography that had more breathing room and space to be a little bit more thoughtful and careful in the way we tell stories,” said Paul Moakley, deputy director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at Time Magazine, United States and 2019 Photo Contest jury member.
“[The World Press Photo Story of the Year] had to hold together visually, it had to be very cohesive, the editing of the story itself had to be quite strong, and the storytelling had to be there, there had to be different elements of the scenario,” said Whitney Johnson, vice president of Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, and 2019 Photo Contest jury chair.
Winners will be announced on April 11, during an award show in Amsterdam. Following the contest, the nominees’ works will go on tour in an exhibition that reaches 100 locations, beginning in Amsterdam on April 14, 2019.
Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature,...
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I would have loved if ANY of the pictures was about something nice, or happy or less sad. It looks like only terrible situations are worth to show.
I saw several pictures that were full of happiness. The 15th birthday party, the FARC soldier finally able to have a baby, the laughing Russian students, traditional farm culture still alive in the US, and even the well-fed puma cubs of Patagonia. The joys of life go on despite a world full of tragedies.
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