The Regional Winners of the 2022 World Press Photography Competition

World Press Photo 2022 regional winners

The World Press Photo group has introduced the winners of its 2022 competitors. Now in its sixty fifth yr, the competitors lately switched to a brand new region-based mannequin that awards winners in 4 classes throughout six world areas.

The Regional Model

The World Press Photo group switched to a brand new regional mannequin for the 2022 competitors, because it discovered that there was an imbalance in illustration amongst entrants, tales, and winners. In 2021, solely 7% of entrants got here from South America, 5% from Southeast Asia and Oceania, and three% from Africa. The group felt that this was not consultant of the photojournalistic expertise round the world, and sought to alter its strategies to replicate that.

“We needed to look at the contest from a different angle–to change the format of how it is set up, and how it is judged, in order to improve representation from regions that have been historically underrepresented in our contests,” the organizatoin explains. “The contest model should provide a platform where a multiplicity of voices can be heard–and stories can be seen–so that we can become an organization that reflects the world.”

The 2022 contest, due to this fact, makes use of a six-region system this yr: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. In every area, a range of entries per class was chosen by a regional jury composed of professionals which might be from or are actively working in that area. Once regional juries decided, the world jury selected the 24 regional winners and from these, the 4 world winners: World Press Photo of the Year, World Press Photo Story of the Year, World Press Photo Long-Term Project Award, and World Press Photo Open Format Award. Those world winners might be introduced on April 7.

Every regional winner of the Contest receives a financial prize of €1,000, inclusion in the annual worldwide exhibition, inclusion in the annual yearbook, publication and a private profile on the World Press Photo web site, promotion on World Press Photo platforms, an invite to the Winners’ Program, and a bodily award.

2022 Regional Competition Winners

With the regional winners now chosen, Joumana El Zein Khoury, govt director of World Press Photo Foundation, says that the adjustments had the desired impact.

“It is exhilarating to see the way in which the new regional contest set up is producing the changes that we were hoping for. Changes that we believe will offer different perspectives on, and a deeper connection to, photojournalism and documentary photography from all over the world.”

Below are the successful entries from all six areas.



Sudan Protests | Faiz Abubakr Mohamed, Sudan


This sequence is titled “Afraid to go to School” and was captured by Sodiq Adelakun Adekola, Nigeria, Agence France-Presse.

Humaira Mustapha, whose 2 daughters had been kidnapped by gunmen at the Government Girls Secondary School, cries at her residence, the day after the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in Jangebe, a village in Zamfara State, northwest of Nigeria on February 27, 2021. – More than 300 schoolgirls had been snatched from dormitories by gunmen in the center of the evening in northwestern Zamfara state on February 26, in the third identified mass kidnapping of college students since December.
This {photograph} exhibits a abandoned classroom at the Government Girls Secondary School, the day after the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls by gunmen in Jangebe, a village in Zamfara State, northwest of Nigeria on February 27, 2021. – More than 300 schoolgirls had been snatched from dormitories by gunmen in the center of the evening in northwestern Zamfara state on February 26, in the third identified mass kidnapping of college students since December.
Hassana Ayuba, one of the mother and father of the kidnapped college students of Bethel Baptist High School, exhibits the picture of her 14-year-old daughter (Judith) who was amongst the 140 college students kidnapped by gunmen in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria on July 15, 2021. – The women are simply two of the greater than 100 Nigerian kids snatched from Bethel Baptist High School practically three weeks in the past, herded by gunmen into the forests after a kidnapping raid on their dormitories.
The July 5 assault in Nigeria’s northwest Kaduna state was simply the newest mass abduction at a faculty or faculty as kidnap gangs searching for fast ransoms zero in on comfortable goal of younger college students.
Armed kidnappings for ransom alongside highways, and from properties and companies now make nearly each day newspaper headlines in Africa’s most populous nation.

Long-Term Projects

This picture sequence is titled “The Zebu War” and was captured by photographer Rijasolo, Madagascar/France, Riva Press.

Open Format

This picture is titled “The Longing of the Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken” by Rehab Eldalil, Egypt.

Embroidered {photograph} of Hajja Oum Mohamed (53) in her backyard in Gharba Valley. Embroidery by her.



This picture is titled “Palestinian Children in Gaza” and was captured by Fatima Shbair, Palestine, Getty Images.

GAZA CITY, GAZA – MAY 25: Palestinian kids maintain candles throughout a rally amid the ruins of homes destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Beit Lahia Northern Gaza Strip on May 25, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. Gaza residents returned to broken and destroyed properties as the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas gave the impression to be holding. The ceasefire brings to an finish eleven days of preventing which killed greater than 250 Palestinians, many of them ladies and youngsters, and 13 Israelis. The battle started on May tenth after rising tensions in East Jerusalem and clashes at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.


This sequence is titled “The Cinema of Kabul” and was taken by Bram Janssen, the Netherlands, The Associated Press.

Gul Mohammed, who works as a number in the Ariana Cinema, poses for {a photograph} in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. After seizing energy three months in the past, the Taliban ordered cinemas to cease working.(AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Asita Ferdous sits inside her residence in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. She’s the director of the Ariana Cinema and isn’t allowed to enter the cinema as a result of the Taliban ordered feminine authorities staff to avoid their workplaces. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Rahmatullah Ezati performs again a movie roll in the projectionist room of the Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. The cinema’s workers nonetheless present up at work day-after-day hoping they may ultimately receives a commission, regardless of the Taliban’s orders to cease working. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Long Term Projects

This sequence is titled “Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict” and was taken by Senthil Kumaran, India.

Open Format

This picture is titled “Blue Affair” and was taken by Kosuke Okahara, Japan.



This picture is titled “Evia Island Wildfire” and was taken by Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News.

Kritsiopi Panayiota, 81 years previous, reacts as a wildfire approaches her home in the village of Gouves on Evia island, Greece on August 8, 2021. following a protracted heatwave interval, the hottest climate Greece has seen for 30 years, hundreds of residents had been evacuated by boat after wildfires hit Greece’s second largest island.


This sequence is titled “As Frozen Land Burns” and was taken by Nanna Heitmann, Russia/Germany, Magnum Photos.

Long Term Projects

This sequence is titled “Ukraine Crisis” and was taken by Guillaume Herbaut, France, Agence VU.

Ukraine, Kotovsk, 19 December 2013
Cheminots Park, the Lenin statue was destroyed in the evening of December 8-9, 2013.
Ukraine, Kotovsk, 19 décembre 2013
Parc des Cheminots, la statue de Lé9 a été détruite dans la nuit du 8 au 9 Décembre 2013.
Guillaume Herbaut / Agence VU
Ukraine, Kyiv, 22 January 2014
Hrushevskoho road. Since January 21, violent confrontations happen between legislation enforcement and pro-EU protestors. The particular anti-riot items, the Berkouts,
use weapons towards the plenty. At the finish of the day, they rely 5 lifeless and lots of hundred wounded.
Ukraine, Kiev, 22 janvier 2014
Rue Hrushevskoho. Des affrontements violents se déroulent entre forces de l’ordre et manifestants pro-européens depuis le 21 janvier. Les unités spéciales antiémeutes, les Berkouts, utilisent des armes à feu contre la foule. À la fin de la journée, on dénombre cinq morts et plusieurs centaines de blessés.
Guillaume Herbaut / Agence VU
Ukraine, Mariupol, 29 September 2014
Women making ghillie camouflage gear for snipers at the Novy Mariupol middle, a corporation that collects tools for Ukrainian troopers.
Ukraine, Marioupol, 29 septembre 2014
Des femmes préparent une tenue de camouflage pour sniper dans les locaux de Novy Marioupol, une organisation collectant du matériel pour les forces militaires ukrainiennes.
Guillaume Herbaut / Agence VU

Open Format

“The Book of Veles” is a sequence of pictures that had been manipulated and partially laptop generated by Jonas Bendiksen, Norway.

North and Central America


This picture is titled “Kamloops Residential School” by Amber Bracken, Canada, for The New York Times.

A pink gown alongside the freeway signifies the kids who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Red clothes are additionally used to suggest the disproportionate quantity of lacking and murdered Indigenous ladies and women. Amber Bracken for The New York Times


This sequence is titled “The People Who Feed the United States” and was taken by Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh, Agence VU.

Jose David, sits in his room along with his sister, Sara Haiar. Originally from Guatemala, Jose has been dwelling in Sioux Falls, S.D. for the final 20 years. He labored at the Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant for practically 15 years till he received sick with COVID-19 in April 2020. He was in the hospital on a ventilator for about 5 months. As of September 2020, Jose nonetheless makes use of an oxygen tank. He is one of the many frontline important staff who’s employed at the meatpacking trade throughout the pandemic. In May, the plant, Smithfield Foods, was one of the largest hotspot in South Dakota.
Sara, his sister, used to work in the identical meatpacking plant however she stop. She works as housekeeper now. Sara took care of Jose the total time her brother was sick .
Aye Sway is karen, a nationality whose inhabitants are persecuted in Myanmar. She resided in a refugee camp in Thailand earlier than she moved Omaha, Nebraska three years in the past. She has been working in a rooster processing plant in Lincoln. During the time of the pandemic, she was scared to work in the plant, since many of her buddies received severely sick from Covid-19.
Sandra Sibert, 47, and James Sibert, her husband, sit in the room the place she needed to quarantine in isolation. The couple met whereas each working at Smithfield
Foods, a meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. While her husband is now retired, Sandra nonetheless works at the meatpacking plant. She has been working at the plant for the final 15 years, and is now a COVID-19 survivor.
On April 7, 2020, she turned sick throughout a shift at work, feeling shivers from head to toe. The firm she works for, Smithfield Foods, had suggested that if one felt sick, they need to not go to first help. Rather they need to inform their supervisor and go residence. Sandra did simply that. The supervisor responded that 38 folks had already gone residence and that he didn’t know if he might discover somebody to take her place.
Sara remembers being unable to breathe, crouched in a nook. A coworker got here to test on her. She was capable of inform her co-worker to remain away as a result of of the potential of them contracting the virus. The final reminiscence she has of that day is when she was taken to the hospital by automotive. Three days later, it was verified that she contracted COVID-19. She was sick for 3 weeks.

Long Term Projects

This sequence is titled “Political Year Zero” and is by Louie Palu, Canada.

Two activists put on beaked masks like medical doctors wore in the seventeenth century throughout instances of plague, searching for to attract the consideration of spectators round Capitol Hill. Their message: Refusing to be vaccinated will delay the COVID-19 pandemic. On the identical day, two House subcommittees held a joint listening to titled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation.”
To commemorate the September 11, 2001, terrorist assaults, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, different House Democrats and aides take part in a ceremony on the Capitol’s steps. At 8:46 a.m., the time of the first assault, they noticed a second of silence, after which they sang a verse of “God Bless America.” As the pandemic escalated, extra folks died in the United States day-after-day than died in the terrorist assaults.
Police fight off pro-Trump attackers in a Capitol hallway utilizing batons and rubber projectiles after they assaulted police and vandalized offices. The Capitol complicated was locked down, and elected officers, together with Vice President Mike Pence, had been rapidly evacuated. Protesters looked for Pence, who they believed might throw the election to Trump. Pence, who presided over the electoral rely, later mentioned the protesters “desecrated the seat of our democracy.”
In a tree on the Ellipse close to the White House, two males with a canine watch the “Save America” rally. Trump and his allies promoted false claims about how the election was stolen. “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump mentioned. Those phrases stirred supporters to march to the Capitol and had been later cited as proof by House Democrats that Trump must be impeached.
President Donald Trump at The White House saying Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Guests in the entrance row included First woman Melania Trump, Vice President Pence, Tiffany Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Some in attendance later examined optimistic for COVID-19 and the occasion turn out to be generally known as a brilliant spreader occasion for the virus. At least 37 instances of the coronavirus had been confirmed inside 12 days after Barrett’s nomination occasion on September 26.

Open Format

This picture is titled “The Flower of Time. Guerrero’s Red Mountain” and was taken by Yael Martínez, Mexico.

An elder in the Garza hill. For the Na savi folks, elders are revered since they include knowledge and reference to our mom earth. Every December 31, the Na Savi indigenous communities climb the Cerro de la Garza to carry out rituals that commemorate the finish and starting of a cycle. Guerrero Mexico On December 31, 2020.

South America


This picture is titled “San Isidro Settlement Eviction” and was taken by Vladimir Encina, Colombia.


This sequence is titled “The Promise” and is by Irina Werning, Argentina, Pulitzer Center.

Antonella zooms in her room on her mom’s cell phone, which is all the time accessible for her digital lessons. (Buenos Aires, Argentina, The pandemic positioned expertise as a strategic device for equality of alternatives. There is a major digital divide (entry to web, entry to gadgets) in Latin America which threatens the accessibility of distant studying and different training applied sciences to all.
Antonella was learning by way of zoom with buddies for her Biology course throughout the weekend. She needed to do a bunch undertaking and every pupil would take turns to take part with mother and father monitoring the participation. (June 2021, Buenos Aires, Argentina). Antonella may be very fortunate that her mother and father are actually obsessed that their daughter retains updated along with her training and arrange by way of watsap with different moms group research digital get togethers. Her sister shares the small room along with her and stays in her mattress when she is at school as a result of the room may be very small. Carolina is 23 and he or she helps her mother and father arrange Antonella’s digital schedule and ensure she attends all lessons and does her group tasks along with her faculty mates.
NOTE: The portrait was taken with the express consent and in full cooperation with the topic’s mom. Both the mother and father and the topic had been adequately knowledgeable of the nature, goal and distribution of the undertaking.
Antonella will get sleepy whereas learning, she usually research in mattress. She feels lack of motivation. “Nothing beats being in the classroom”, she says.
In this image, I captured the second she yawns whereas learning language. Sometimes she research from mattress as she lacks the motivation to rise up.
NOTE: The portrait was taken with the express consent and in full cooperation with the topic’s mom. Both the mother and father and the topic had been adequately knowledgeable of the nature, goal and distribution of the undertaking.
Antonella goes as much as her terrace to scrub garments and luxuriate in the solar day-after-day. The disruption to routines, training, recreation, in addition to concern for household revenue and well being is leaving Antonella feeling afraid, anxious and anxious for her future.
Antonella washed a black fake fur blanket the household has on prime of her mother and father’ mattress. She poses for her portrait in entrance of the fur and asks me to take an image of her hair to have fun it as a result of it means a lot
NOTE: The portrait was taken with the express consent and in full cooperation with the topic’s mom. Both the mother and father and the topic had been adequately knowledgeable of the nature, goal and distribution of the undertaking.

Long Term Projects

This sequence is titled “Amazonian Dystopia” and is by Lalo de Almeida, Brazil, for Folha de São Paulo/Panos Pictures.

Pirah√£ women watch drivers passing by the Trans-Amazonian freeway hoping to obtain donations of snacks and sodas, subsequent to their camp on the banks of the Maici river, in the Amazonas state. This mysterious indigenous tribe hold some of the identical habits reported on the first time they met the white males, centuries in the past, and refuse to be taught Portuguese. The Amazon stretch of the freeway (2,250 km, 10% paved) between the cities of L√°brea and Marab√° photos the present Amazonian state of affairs. The panorama consists largely of underused pastoral land, interspersed by protected areas and indigenous reserves that are below risk from loggers and miners. Burning of vegetation continues in the dry season and it’s uncommon to glimpse any wild animals apart from vultures.
Aerial view of Belo Monte’s essential powerhouse building web site on the Xingu River, Brazil. More than 80 % of the water in the Xingu has been diverted from its pure course, making it one of the largest man-made interventions, similar to what was finished to assemble the Panama Canal. With the dam and the detour of the Xingu for the building and operation of the largest hydroelectric plant in the Amazon, in 2015, the amount, pace and stage of water in the area now not derive from the pure move of the river, however from the Norte Energia concessionaire liable for working Belo Monte. The firm controls the quantity of water that passes by means of the gates of the plant, happening the Volta Grande do Xingu ( Big Bend ), a 140 km stretch of the river with many rapids, channels and rock outcrops. With the danger of having as much as 80% discount in its move, the area that holds two indigenous lands and tons of of riverside households has been very impacted.
Mundurukus Indians line as much as board a aircraft at Altamira Airport after protesting towards the building of the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River. The Mundurukus inhabit the banks of the Tapajós River, the place the authorities has plans to construct new hydroelectric tasks. Even after counter stress from indigenous folks, environmentalists and non-governmental organizations, the Belo Monte undertaking was constructed and accomplished in 2019.
A river boy performs along with his canine in the Paratiz√£o neighborhood, on the banks of the Xingu River, close to the dam of Belo Monte. The place is surrounded by nice toothpick-like patches of lifeless bushes, shaped after the flooding of the reservoir, an space of practically 516 km2. The rotting vegetation releases methane fuel and is extra dangerous to the greenhouse impact than carbon dioxide.
Stray canine stare at a butcher‚Äôs in the nearly deserted Vila da Ressaca, an space beforehand mined by gold seekers and shortly to be explored solely by the Canadian mining firm Belo Sun. The undertaking, which is just a few kilometers from the Belo Monte dam, might be Brazil’s largest open pit gold mine. This will convey new impacts to a area already so affected by the building of the hydroelectric plant.
ALTAMIRA, BRAZIL.18/07/2020. A billboard with a message of help to President Bolsonaro financed by native farmers in the metropolis of Altamira, which is situated alongside the Trans- Amazonian freeway in Pará.
Agribusiness is one of President Bolsonaro’s essential pillars of political help, particularly as a result of they share the identical view that environmental preservation is an impediment to improvement.
This authorities has weakened environmental enforcement businesses and non-governmental organizations, which act as a counterweight, albeit unequal, to the predatory mannequin of exploitation in the Amazon area.

Open Format

This picture is from a sequence titled “Blood is a Seed” purchase Isadora Romero, Ecuador

Southeast Asia and Oceania


This picture is titled “Slingshots” and was taken anonymously for The New York Times.

Protesters utilizing slingshots and different home made weapons in a conflict with safety forces in March. “You see these young men with slingshots and homemade weapons that could barely kill a bird, facing a military,” The Times’ photographer mentioned. “They’re fighting for their freedom and democracy.”


This sequence is titled “Saving Forests with Fire” and was taken by Matthew Abbott, Australia, for National Geographic/Panos Pictures.

For tens of hundreds of years, Aboriginal folks – the oldest steady tradition on earth – have been strategically burning the nation to handle the panorama and to stop out of management fires. At the finish of the moist season, there’s a interval of time the place this prescribed burning takes place. I visited West Arnhem Land in April/May 2021 and witnessed prescribed aerial and floor burning.
For tens of hundreds of years, Aboriginal folks – the oldest steady tradition on earth – have been strategically burning the nation to handle the panorama and to stop out of management fires. At the finish of the moist season, there’s a interval of time the place this prescribed burning takes place. I visited West Arnhem Land in April/May 2021 and witnessed prescribed aerial and floor burning.

Long Term Projects

This sequence is titled “Haze” and was shot by Abriansyah Liberto, Indonesia.

Open Format

This picture is from a sequence titled “The Will to Remember” by Charinthorn Rachurutchata, Thailand.

Image credit: All pictures individually credited and supplied courtesy of the World Press Photo competitors.

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