Slideshow: Here are the 2020 World Press Photo nominees
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Slideshow: Here are the 2020 World Press Photo nominees

Today, the World Press Photo Foundation announced the nominees for its 63rd annual contest. 4,282 photographers from 125 countries entered 73,996 images for consideration as either singles or stories across 8 categories. The nominees are 44 professional photographers based in 24 countries: Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.

17 photography professionals, chaired by Lekgetho Makola, made up the jury. Protests, political uprisings, and environmental issues were especially prevalent this past year as reflected in the nominations. In 2019, a new category was introduced: the World Press Photo Story of the Year.

The three nominees for the World Press Photo Story of the Year are:

  • 'Hong Kong Unrest'
    Nicolas Asfouri (Denmark), Agence France-Presse
  • 'Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site'
    Mulugeta Ayene (Ethiopia), Associated Press
  • 'Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt'
    Romain Laurendeau (France)

The jury shortlisted six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year:

  • 'Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim'
    Mulugeta Ayene (Ethiopia), Associated Press
  • 'Clash with the Police During Anti-Government Demonstration'
    Farouk Batiche (Algeria), Deutsche Presse-Agentur
  • 'Straight Voice'
    Yasuyoshi Chiba (Japan), Agence France-Presse
  • 'Awakening'
    Tomek Kaczor (Poland), for Gazeta Wyborcza
  • 'Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit'
    Ivor Prickett (Ireland), for The New York Times
  • 'Nothing Personal - the Back Office of War'
    Nikita Teryoshin (Russia)

The jury also nominated 3 single images and 3 stories across all eight categories: Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Nature, Long-Term Projects, Portraits, Spot News, and Sports. Winners will be announced at the Awards Show taking place on April 16th in Amsterdam. The World Press Photo Festival, featuring meetups and workshops, will follow on the 17th – 18th.

Starting April 18th, prize-winning entries will be exhibited throughout the year in 120 cities spanning 50 countries. The series of events is expected to draw at least 5 million people. A full calendar can be viewed here. For more information, visit www.worldpressphoto.org or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.