2020 World Press Photo contest winners
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2020 World Press Photo contest winners

The World Press Photo Foundation recently announced the results of its 63rd annual World Press Photo Contest. World Press Photo of the Year, Story of the Year, plus winners across all 8 categories were included in Thursday evening's announcement. Nearly 74,000 images were submitted by 4,282 photographers. 44 winners, 30 which are recognized for the first time, hail from 24 countries.

The jury, consisting of 17 professionals from 6 continents, selected 'Straight Voice' by Yasuyoshi Chiba (which was featured in our nominee coverage a few months back) as Photo of the Year. 'This moment was the only peaceful group protest I encountered during my stay. I felt their undefeated solidarity like burning embers that remain to flare up again,' says Chiba of his winning photo.

'Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt' by Romain Laurendeau, which documented the unease of Algerian youth that led to the biggest protest in decades, was selected as World Press Photo Story of the Year. 'It was impossible for a part of me not to recognize myself in these young people. They are young but they are tired of this situation and they just want to live like everyone else,' explains Laurendeau.

Elsewhere, fans of the Tiger King docuseries on Netflix will recognize Kevin Antle in Steve Winter's 'The Tiger Next Door' image, which won Second Prize in the Contemporary Issues – Stories category. All digital storytelling contest winners can be viewed on the World Press Photo homepage.

Winning photographs and multimedia will be on display during year-long worldwide exhibition, which premieres every year in Amsterdam. The launch date has been postponed due to the current pandemic. Those interested in attending events can check in with the World Press Photo event calendar.