Documentary photographer wins World Press Photo of the Year

The winning documentary photographers have been announced for the 2020 World Press Photo Contest

(Image credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba)

The World Press Photo Contest has announced its winners of the 2020 competition, which is its 63rd edition of the annual Photo Contest – and the 10th edition of the partner Digital Storytelling Contest for filmmakers as well. Over 73,996 photographs were entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 different countries, which were all reviewed by an independent jury.

Japanese photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba from Agence France-Presse was awarded the prestigious title of World Press Photo of the Year for his image ‘Straight Voice’. This photo depicts a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, reciting protest poetry while demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan in June 2019.

Yasuyoshi Chiba said: “The place was a total blackout. Then, unexpectedly, people started clapping hands in the dark. People held up mobile phones to illuminate a young man in the center. He recited a famous protest poem, an improvised one. Between his breath, everybody shouted ‘thawra’, the world revolution in Arabic. His facial expression and voice impressed me, I couldn’t stop focusing on him and captured the moment.”

Meanwhile, Romain Laurendeau from France picked up the World Press Photo Story of the Year title for his impressive photo essay ‘Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt’. This is the story of the largest protest movement in Algeria in decades, which was started by the youth, who, according to a UNESCO report, face 72% unemployment if they’re under 30.

Romain Laurendeau said: “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.”

To see all of the winning images from the 2020 World Press Photo Contest, visit the World Press Photo’s website here. To read more about the category winners, visit the World Press Photo’s article here.

(Image credit: Romain Laurendeau)
(Image credit: Romain Laurendeau)




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