World Press Photo 2019

©John Moore - Getty Images - Crying girl on the border, World Press Photo of the Year 2019.
©John Moore - Getty Images - Crying girl on the border, World Press Photo of the Year 2019.

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WORLD PRESS PHOTO | 2019

Since 1955 the World Press Photo Contest has recognized professional photographers for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism.

For the 62nd edition of the contest, an independent jury covering a wide range of photography backgrounds – from six global regions, with an equal number of men and women – selected the 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees, and the stories that matter. This year, the World Press Photo Foundation introduced a major new award: the World Press Photo Story of the Year. On a par with the World Press Photo of the Year, this new award 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.

The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2019 is John Moore. Its picture– Crying girls on the border–shows Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez cries as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA, on 12 June.

Immigrant families had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were then detained by US authorities. Sandra Sanchez said that she and her daughter had been traveling for a month through Central America and Mexico before reaching the US to seek asylum. The Trump Administration had announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy at the border under which immigrants caught entering the US could be criminally prosecuted. As a result, many apprehended parents were separated from their children, often sent to different detention facilities. After this picture was published worldwide, US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that Yanela and her mother had not been among the thousands who had been separated by US officials. Nevertheless, public outcry over the controversial practice resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy on 20 June.

For the category, World Press Story of the Year, new addition of this edition of the prize, the winner is the photographer Pieter Ten Hooper,  with the project The migrant carovan, the project tell the story of the thousands of Central American migrants that in October and November  joined a caravan heading to the United States border. 

The Italian winners are: Lorenzo Tugnoli,  with Yemen Crisis,  first prize stories –General News and Marco Gualazzini with The Lake Chad Crisis, first prize stories – Environment.


 

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