ADVERTISEMENT

Poignant shot from Gaza wins World Press Photo of the Year 2024

Mohammed Salem won the World Press Photo Award of the Year
Mohammed Salem won the World Press Photo Award of the Year Copyright Mohammed Salem/World Press Photo via AP
Copyright Mohammed Salem/World Press Photo via AP
By David MouriquandAgencies
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

The heartrending winning photo of this year's World Press Photo of the Year depicts a Palestinian woman cradling the body of her young niece. WARNING: This article contains images which some readers may find distressing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem has won this year’s prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award with a depiction of loss in Gaza.

The heartrending photo depicts a Palestinian woman cradling the body of her young niece.

The photograph, taken on 17 October 2023 at Nasser hospital in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, shows 36-year-old Inas Abu Maamar holding five-year-old Saly, who was killed along with her mother and sister when an Israeli missile struck their home.

Salem, 39, who is Palestinian, described this photo filed on 2 November last year, as a “powerful and sad moment that sums up the broader sense of what was happening in the Gaza Strip.”

Mohammed Salem won the World Press Photo Award of the Year
Mohammed Salem won the World Press Photo Award of the YearMohammed Salem/World Press Photo via AP

"I felt the picture sums up the broader sense of what was happening in the Gaza Strip," Salem said when the image was first published in November.

"People were confused, running from one place to another, anxious to know the fate of their loved ones, and this woman caught my eye as she was holding the body of the little girl and refused to let go."

The jury said Salem's 2024 winning image was "composed with care and respect, offering at once a metaphorical and literal glimpse into unimaginable loss."

This is not the first time Salem has been recognized for his work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; he received a World Press Photo award more than a decade ago for another depiction of the human toll of conflict in the Gaza strip.

Lee-Ann Olwage for GEO is part of a series titled Valim-babena which won the World Press Photo Story of the Year Award
Lee-Ann Olwage for GEO is part of a series titled Valim-babena which won the World Press Photo Story of the Year AwardLee-Ann Olwage/Geo/World Press Photo via AP

In the three other global categories announced today (Thursday 18 April), South Africa’s Lee-Ann Olwage won Photo Story of the Year for her touching series “Valim-babena,” featured in GEO magazine.

The project focused on the stigmatization of dementia in Madagascar, a topic she explored through intimate portraits of “Dada Paul” and his family. Lack of public awareness surrounding dementia means that people displaying symptoms of memory loss are often stigmatized.

In the series, “Dada Paul,” who has lived with dementia for 11 years, is tenderly cared for by his daughter Fara. One of the standout images in the series shows him preparing for church with his granddaughter Odliatemix, capturing moments of normalcy and warmth amidst the challenges of dementia.

Alejandro Cegarra for The New Times/Bloomberg - part of a series titled The Two Walls which won the World Press Photo Long-Term Project Award
Alejandro Cegarra for The New Times/Bloomberg - part of a series titled The Two Walls which won the World Press Photo Long-Term Project AwardAlejandro Cegarra/The New York Times/Bloomberg/World Press Photo via AP

Photographer Alejandro Cegarra, a Venezuelan native who migrated to Mexico in 2017, won the Long-Term Project award for “The Two Walls,” published by The New York Times and Bloomberg.

Cegarra’s project, initiated in 2018, examines a shift in Mexico’s immigration policies, which have moved from being historically open to enforcing strict regulations at its southern border.

The jury said the photographer's perspective as a migrant gave it a “sensitive," human-centered perspective, according to a press release.

Julia Kochetova - part of a series titled War is Personal which won the World Press Photo Open Format Award
Julia Kochetova - part of a series titled War is Personal which won the World Press Photo Open Format AwardJulia Kochetova/Der Spiegel/World Press Photo via AP

Julia Kochetova of Ukraine won the Open Format award for “War Is Personal.”

The project stood out from coverage of the ongoing conflict by offering a personal look at the harsh realities of war. On a dedicated website, she merged traditional photojournalism with a diary-like documentary style, incorporating photography, poetry, audio clips and music.

Associated Press' Renata Brito and Felipe Dana titled Adrift, won the World Press Photo Africa Regional Winner Open Format category
Associated Press' Renata Brito and Felipe Dana titled Adrift, won the World Press Photo Africa Regional Winner Open Format categoryAP Photo/Felipe Dana

The Associated Press won the Open Format award in the regional Africa category with the multimedia story “Adrift,” created by journalists Renata Brito and Felipe Dana.

The story investigates the fate of West African migrants who attempted to reach Europe via a treacherous Atlantic route but ended up on a ghost ship discovered off Tobago.

ADVERTISEMENT
Afghanistan on the Edge by Ebrahim Noroozi, Associated Press, won the World Press Photo Asia Series category
Afghanistan on the Edge by Ebrahim Noroozi, Associated Press, won the World Press Photo Asia Series categoryAP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

The Associated Press' Ebrahim Noroozi won the Asia Stories award for his series “Afghanistan on the Edge,” which documents the country since the Taliban took over in August 2021.

World Press Photo is an independent, nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, founded in 1955.

Share this articleComments

You might also like