Monday 15 April 2019

The World Press Photo Contest 2019 – the winning pictures

Since 1955, the World Press Photo Contest has recognised professional photographers for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Here are this year’s winners

General news, singles winner
An unidentified man tries to hold back the press as investigators arrive at the Saudi Arabian consulate ahead of Turkish police amid a growing international backlash to the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey.
Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Photo story of the year, winner
The Migrant Caravan: during October and November 2018, thousands of Central American migrants joined a caravan heading to the US border. The caravan, assembled through a grassroots social media campaign, left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on 12 October 2018, and as word spread drew people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala
Photograph: Pieter Ten Hoopen/Agence VU/Civilian Act

Contemporary issues, stories winner
Blessed Be the Fruit: Ireland’s Struggle to Overturn Anti-Abortion Laws. Women fold a cloth in front of a banner reading ‘Our toil doth sweeten others’, created by the artist Sarah Cullen, at the Eva international art festival in Limerick. Campaigners used art to open conversations on topics previously considered off-limits in a conservative society
Photograph: Olivia Harris

Contemporary issues, singles winner
A teenager rides around her neighbourhood in a pink 1950s convertible, as the community gathers to celebrate her quinceañera – or fifteenth birthday – in Havana, Cuba
Photograph: Diana Markosian/Magnum Photos

Environment, singles winner
Petronella Chigumbura, an elite member of the all-female conservation ranger force known as Akashinga that operates in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi, undergoes sniper movement and concealment training in the bush near their base. Akashinga (meaning the ‘Brave Ones’) is a community-driven conservation model, empowering disadvantaged women to restore and manage a network of wilderness areas as an alternative to trophy hunting
Photograph: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

General news, stories winner
Yemen crisis: a veiled woman begs outside a grocery store in the village of Azzan, which was under the control of al-Qaida until the Shabwani Elite forces liberated the area in December 2017. This armed group is aligned with a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE and is operating in the area in the fight against al-Qaida. Over the past year, the shadow war between al-Qaida and local Yemeni fighters has intensified, largely out of the headlines
Photograph: Lorenzo Tugnoli/The Washington Post/Contrasto

World press photo of the year
A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on 12 June 2018 in McAllen, Texas. They had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by US Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing centre. The following week the Trump administration, under pressure from the public and lawmakers, ended its controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border
Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Environment, stories winner
The Lake Chad crisis. Orphaned children, mainly Nigerian refugees, live together as a group in Koran schools. During the day, they go begging. These children, who are known as Almajiri, live in the Lake Chad basin. All they have ever known is the weapons and deaths they draw on the walls of the city
Photograph: Marco Gualazzini/Contrasto

Long-term projects, winner
Garett, an upper ranking Young Marine, dances with his girlfriend at an annual ball in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Students from the programme, along with family and close friends, meet for an evening to honour cadets and their accomplishments. The evening begins with dinner and speeches, and ends with a dance
Photograph: Sarah Blesener/Redux

Nature, stories winner
A falcon hunting camp in the desert outside Abu Dhabi, UAE. This camp uses captive-bred Houbara bustards, the preferred prey species of Arab falconers across the region. In the UAE, where a huge amount has changed over the last 60 years, falconry is seen as a link back to the past and to the ancient culture of the Bedouin
Photograph: Brent Stirton/Getty Images / National Geographic

Portraits, singles winner
Curious residents and a street vendor selling material look on as the models (L-R) Diarra Ndiaye, Ndeye Fatou Mbaye and Malezi Sakho wear outfits by the Senegalese designer Adama Paris in the Medina neighbourhood of Senegal’s capital, Dakar
Photograph: Finbarr O'Reilly

Portraits, stories winner
A collaborative project about the mythology of twinhood and how paradoxical beliefs regarding twins manifest in Nigeria. West Africa has more twins than any other region in the world. Communities have developed cultural practices in response, from veneration to demonisation. In some areas the twin spirit is worshipped and celebrated. In others, twins are vilified, persecuted and killed for their perceived role in bringing bad luck
Photograph: Benedicte Kurzen & Sanne de Wilde/Noor

Sports, singles winner
Morin Ajambo, a boxer and mother of seven, trains in the Katanga slum in Kampala, Uganda
Photograph: John T Pedersen

Sports, stories winner
Iran’s Persepolis football club misses an opportunity in a counterattack during the final match of the AFC Championship League against Japan’s Kashima Antlers in Tehran
Photograph: Forogh Alaei

Nature, singles winner
Frogs with their legs severed struggle to the surface, surrounded by frogspawn, after being thrown back into the water in Covasna, Romania
Photograph: Bence Mate

(Source: The Guardian)

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