Nikon has announced the winning photos of its prestigious Nikon Photo Contest for 2018-2019. This is the 50th year of the contest, which has become one of the world’s largest photography competitions.
The Grand Prize award was given to Spanish photographer Sara De Antonio Feu for her photo “Ayimpoka” (shown above). Here’s the story that accompanied the image:
Ayimpoka lives with her family in a little town in Bolgatanga (Ghana). Albinism has been a cause of discrimination and persecution during years, and murders have been committed against albino children because of the popular association with magic and witchcraft. At Ayimpoka’s house, everyone gives her love and protection and a local NGO provides her weekly care. That day, she was recovering from malaria and she had a lot of sunburns because she was in the sun all day.
The photo was selected from a record 97,369 entries submitted by roughly 33,000 photographers from 170 countries and regions around the globe.
Here are some of the other top photos in this year’s competition: