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People chant slogans as a young man recites a poem, illuminated by mobile phones, before the opposition's direct dialogue with people in Khartoum on June 19, 2019
People chant slogans as a young man recites a poem, illuminated by mobile phones, before the opposition's direct dialogue with people in Khartoum on June 19, 2019 Copyright YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP

World Press Photo 2020: Which is your favourite prize-winning image?

By Natalia Liubchenkova
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The winners of World Press Photo 2020 have been announced. Check out work from some of the world's leading photojournalists here.


These are the winners from this year's World Press Photo competition, which rewards the best in visual journalism.

'Straight Voice' by Yasuyoshi Chiba

World Press Photo of the Year

Yasuyoshi Chiba is a photographer from Agence France-Presse news agency, who resides in Nairobi, Kenya.

His winning photograph is taken in Sudan amid protests last year over the country's transitional military government.

It was established after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted after decades in power.

People chant slogans as a young man recites a poem, illuminated by mobile phones, before the opposition's direct dialogue with people in Khartoum on June 19, 2019YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP

'Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt' by Romain Laurendeau

World Press Photo Story of the Year

Romain Laurendeau's work is about young people in Algeria joining protests against the reign of long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

"The winning series tells the story of the deep unease of Algerian youth, who, by daring to challenge authority, inspired the rest of the population to join their action, giving birth to the largest protest movement in Algeria in decades," said World Press Photo.

Young people make up more than half of Algeria’s population, and, according to a UNESCO report, 72 per cent of those under 30 are unemployed.

"Kho" means ‘brother’ in colloquial North-African Arabic.

'Nothing Personal - the Back Office of War' by Nikita Teryoshin

First prize in Contemporary Issues (singles)

Russian photographer Nikita Teryoshin wins for his photo from one of the biggest arms trade fairs in the world: at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Nikita Teryoshin
A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAENikita Teryoshin

'The Longest War' by Lorenzo Tugnoli

First prize in Contemporary Issues (stories)

Lorenzo Tugnoli from Italy is awarded for his work for the Washington Post on the conflict in Afghanistan. The Taliban made significant territorial gains and increased its influence in the country in 2019. The Institute for Peace and Economics' report, published in April last year has called Afghanistan the world’s “least peaceful” country, replacing Syria.

'Polar Bear and her Cub' by Esther Horvath

First prize in Environment category (singles)


Esther Horvath's work for The New York Times focuses on covering the work of scientists in the Arctic. Its harbours have some of the fastest-retreating sea ice on the planet and twice the average global heating rate. The two polar bears are photographed near the Polarstern, a ship specially designed to withstand extremely low temperatures and breakthrough thicker ice, enabling around 100 researchers and crew to work all year round to collect highly important data about this ecosystem.

Esther Horvath
Polar bear mom and cub visit the ice floe and check out flags and equipment next to Polarstern vessel. October 10, 2019Esther Horvath

'The End of Trash - Circular Economy Solutions' by Luca Locatelli

First prize in Environment category (stories)

On his assignment for National Geographic, Luca Locatelli's investigated how farmers, manufacturers and governments across the globe are taking steps to implement a circular economy as part of their efforts to address the climate crisis. This type of economy offers an alternative to a take-make-waste linear one by decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. It is based on designing waste and pollution out of the system, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural resources.

'Hong Kong Unrest' by Nicolas Asfouri

First prize in General News category (stories)


Nicolas Asfouri from Agence France-Presse news agency was recognised for his work on anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

'Final Farewell' by Alain Schroeder

First prize in Nature category (singles)

Alain Schroeder won with his work on orangutans who live on just two islands in the world, Sumatra and Borneo. They are being forced out of their natural rainforest habitat as palm oil plantations, logging and mining proliferate.

The mother of this baby orangutan was found totally blind, with a broken clavicle and 74 air-gun wounds. She had been shot at by villagers after eating fruit from their orchards.

© Alain Schroeder
The body of a month-old orangutan lies on a rescue team’s surgical drape. She died soon after being found with her injured mother on a palm oil plantation. Indonesia, 2019© Alain Schroeder© Alain Schroeder

'Saving Orangutans' by Alain Schroeder

First prize in Nature category (stories)

Schroeder also won with his multi-image story on orangutans. It focuses on those who try to save the animals which are under severe threat from the ongoing depletion of the rainforest. Organisations such as the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme care for lost, injured and captive orangutans, aiming to reintroduce them into the wild.

'Awakening' by Tomek Kaczor

First prize in Portraits category (singles)

Tomek Kaczor's winning image portrays 15-year-old Ewa, who succumbed to resignation syndrome, which renders patients passive, immobile, mute, unable to eat and drink, incontinent and unresponsive to physical stimulus. It is noticed to affect psychologically traumatised children in the midst of lengthy asylum processes.


When Ewa fell ill, her family were applying for asylum in Sweden and being threatened with deportation to Poland, which had been their country of first arrival as refugees. They feared being sent back to Armenia. The family was deported to Poland, despite Ewa’s illness, but she recovered eight months after they arrived.

Tomek Kaczor, Poland, for Duży Format, Gazeta Wyborcza
Ewa, a 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, in a refugee reception centre, PolandTomek Kaczor, Poland, for Duży Format, Gazeta Wyborcza

'The Haunted' by Adam Ferguson

First prize in Portraits category (stories)

Adam Ferguson won with posed portraits of displaced Yazidi people and other minorities who had suffered human rights violations perpetrated by ISIS, in camps for displaced people in northern Iraq.

'Clash with the Police During an Anti-Government Demonstration' by Farouk Batiche

First prize in Spot News category (singles)


Farouk Batiche followed the protests in Algeria that started in February 2019. Initially, they aimed at ousting long-time president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. After his resignation, protests continued into 2020 demanding the departure of government officials associated with his administration.

Farouk Batiche/dpa
Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May 2019Farouk Batiche/dpa

'Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site' by Mulugeta Ayene

First prize in Spot News category (stories)

Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, a Boeing 737 MAX, crashed not far from Addis Ababa six minutes after take-off, killing 157 people on board. A week after the crash, empty coffins were buried at a ceremony at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, as victims could not be identified. Officials gave relatives bags of earth from the crash site. Mulugeta Ayene from Associated Press documented their morning.

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