Press photo of the year

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The choice for the press photo of the year is made through the World Press Photo Awards awarded by the Dutch foundation World Press Photo . The prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, is considered to be the “most prestigious and coveted award in photojournalism ”.


In addition to the press photo of the year, the 13-member jury awards three further prizes in ten categories (spot news, general news, people in the news, sport & action, sports reports, current topics, everyday life, portraits, art and entertainment, nature), whereby both the best single pictures and photo series are awarded.

The main prize goes to the picture that “[...] not only represents the photojournalistic embodiment of the year, but also shows a topic, situation or event of high journalistic importance and this in a way that demonstrates an extraordinary degree of visual perception and creativity proves ".

The five photographers Kyōichi Sawada , David Turnley , James Nachtwey , Anthony Suau and Mads Nissen each won the award twice.

For the 2015 election, the foundation applied "for the first time [...] very strict standards," said the head of the foundation. In no previous election has the jury disqualified so many images. Of the submissions that made it to the penultimate round, the foundation was able to prove that one fifth had post-processed image manipulation.

List of press photos of the year

The following list contains all the winners of the press photo of the year and information on the respective images. In the year of the competition, the press photos from the previous year are always awarded.

Year of admission photographer country medium Image title theme motive Web link
1955 Mogens of Haven DenmarkDenmark Denmark Motorsport Volk Mølle Racetrack in Randers , Denmark on August 28, 1955. A motorcyclist falls during a competition. picture
1956 Helmuth Pirath GermanyGermany Germany Keystone Press Late comers Coming home from the war Years later, a returnees from the Second World War meets his now 12-year-old daughter who has not seen her father since she was one year old. picture
1957 Douglas Martin United StatesUnited States United States The Charlotte News / The Associated Press Racial segregation in America Accompanied by violence, one of the first African American students ( Dorothy Counts ) enters Harry Harding High School, where segregation is no longer practiced. picture
1958 Stanislav Tereba CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Vecernik Praha Brankář a voda Soccer During the soccer match between the teams Sparta Praha and Červená Hvězda Bratislava , Sparta goalkeeper Miroslav Čtvrtníček stands in the pouring rain on the soccer field. picture
1959 No competition held.
1960 Yasushi Nagao JapanJapan Japan Mainichi Shimbun attack The 17-year-old right-wing extremist student Otoya Yamaguchi killed the socialist politician Asanuma Inejirō with a sword during a speech in Tokyo's Hibiya Hall on October 12, 1960 . picture
1961 No competition held.
1962 Héctor Rondón Lovera VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela La República Aid from the Padre Uprising in Venezuela During an uprising by the Venezuelan guerrilla organization Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional in the port city of Puerto Cabello , a dying soldier loyal to the government clings to the priest Luis Padillo as bullets hit the area. picture
1963 Malcolm W. Browne United StatesUnited States United States The Associated Press The Burning Monk Buddhist crisis The Vietnamese monk Thích Quảng Đức burns himself to death to protest against the suppression of Buddhists in Vietnam by the government under President Ngô Đình Diệm . This triggered the Buddhist crisis. picture
1964 Don McCullin United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom The Observer / Quick / Life Cyprus conflict A Turkish woman mourns the loss of her husband, who died in 1964 during fighting between Turks and Greeks. picture
1965 Kyōichi Sawada JapanJapan Japan United Press International Flee to Safety Vietnam War A mother and her children wade through a river in Loc Thuong in the South Vietnamese province of Bình Định to escape a US bombing raid. picture
1966 Kyōichi Sawada JapanJapan Japan United Press International Dusty Death Vietnam War American troops drag on February 24, 1966 the body of a dead Vietcong -Soldaten behind their M113 - armored transport to the funeral. picture
1967 Co Rentmeester NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Life Vietnam War The commander of an M48 Patton looks through his eyepiece . It was the first color photo to receive an award. picture
1968 Eddie Adams United StatesUnited States United States The Associated Press Saigon Execution Vietnam War The South Vietnamese police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executed the Viet Cong member Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968 on the street in Saigon with a shot in the head. picture
1969 Hanns-Jörg Anders GermanyGermany Germany star Belfast, 1969 Northern Ireland Conflict An Irish Catholic with a gas mask is standing in front of a wall with the graffiti inscription we want peace after tear gas was used in street fights with British troops . picture
1970 No competition held.
1971 Wolfgang Peter Geller GermanyGermany Germany Hamburger Abendblatt Bank robbery in Saarbrücken Bank robbery After a bank robbery in Saarbrücken , the main culprit Kurt Vicenik is shot in Baltersweiler during negotiations between police officers and bank robbers. picture
1972 Nick Út VietnamVietnam Vietnam The Associated Press The Terror of War Vietnam War The young Phan Thị Kim Phúc and other children flee with severe burns caused by napalm from the location mistakenly bombed by South Vietnamese planes. picture
1973 Orlando Lagos ChileChile Chile The New York Times Allende's Last Stand 1973 coup in Chile The democratically elected President Salvador Allende shortly before his death on September 11, 1973 in the La Moneda presidential palace during the military coup by General Pinochet . picture
1974 Ovie Carter United StatesUnited States United States Chicago Tribune Famine in the Sahel , in Niger A toddler suffers during the dry season in the African state of Niger. picture
1975 Stanley Forman United StatesUnited States United States Boston Herald American Fire Escape Collapse fire During a fire in a Boston home, the fire escape collapses and a woman and child fall into the depths. The woman dies at the scene of the accident. picture
1976 Françoise Demulder FranceFrance France gamma Lebanese civil war A group of Palestinians who fled the civil war in Beirut in January 1976 . picture
1977 Leslie Hammond South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa The Argus apartheid The South African police shot tear gas at a group of demonstrators in Modderdam near Cape Town . picture
1978 Sadayuki Mikami JapanJapan Japan The Associated Press Tokyo Narita Airport After many years of popular protests against the construction of Tokyo Narita Airport, protesters and the police broke out on March 26, 1978. picture
1979 David Burnett United StatesUnited States United States Contact Press Images Disempowerment of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia A woman holds her child in her arms in a refugee camp in Sa Keo on the Thai - Cambodian border in November 1979 . picture
1980 Mike Wells United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Famine in Karamoja , Uganda The hand of a starving African boy in the hand of a well-fed white missionary, taken in Uganda in April 1980. picture
1981 Manuel Perez Barriopedro SpainSpain Spain Agencia EFE 23-F -Putsch in Madrid On February 23, 1981, Lt. Col. Antonio Tejero spoke to the detained government and MPs in the Spanish Parliament, gun in hand. picture
1982 Robin Moyer United StatesUnited States United States Black Star / Time Lebanon War 1982 Bodies of Palestinians killed by Christian-Lebanese Falange militias on September 18, 1982 during the massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps Sabra and Shatila . picture
1983 Mustafa Bozdemir TurkeyTurkey Turkey Hürriyet Gazetesi Earthquake in Turkey Kezban Özer finds the bodies of their five children who died in the earthquake on October 30, 1983 near Erzurum and Kars . picture
1984 Pablo Bartholomew IndiaIndia India gamma Bhopal disaster The body of a child who was killed in the chemical disaster at a plant of the US chemical company Union Carbide Corporation. picture
1985 Frank Fournier FranceFrance France Contact Press Images The Agony of Omayra Sánchez Omayra Sánchez Sánchez, a victim of the Armero volcanic disaster , died after 60 hours of being trapped in a mud hole. picture
1986 Alon Reininger IsraelIsrael Israel / United States
United StatesUnited States 
Contact Press Images Ken Meeks, Patient with AIDS, Being Cared for by a Friend, San Francisco, California AIDS The American Kenneth "Ken" Meeks, who is suffering from the immunodeficiency disease AIDS, is sitting in a wheelchair. Numerous lesions caused by Kaposi's sarcoma can be seen on his arms . picture
1987 Anthony Suau United StatesUnited States United States Black Star Elections in South Korea A desperate mother leans against the shields of deployed police officers in the South Korean city of Kuro and asks for mercy for her son, who was arrested during a demonstration. After the elections in November 1987, protests against the government broke out on charges of electoral fraud . picture
1988 David Turnley United StatesUnited States United States Detroit Free Press / Black Star 1988 Spitak earthquake Boris Abgarzian mourns the loss of his 17-year-old son, a victim of the Armenian earthquake. picture
1989 Charlie Cole United StatesUnited States United States Newsweek Tian'anmen massacre A protester later named " Tank Man " stops a group of battle tanks during the massacre on Tiananmen Square in Beijing . picture
1990 Georges Merillon FranceFrance France gamma Kosovo conflict A family mourns the deathbed of Elshani Nashim, who was killed during a protest for an independent Kosovo. picture
1991 David Turnley United StatesUnited States United States Detroit Free Press / Black Star Second Gulf War US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz mourns his comrade Andy Alaniz who was killed by " friendly fire ". picture
1992 James Nachtwey United StatesUnited States United States Magnum Photos / Liberation Famine in Somalia A Somali mother lifts the body of her child who has died of malnutrition. picture
1993 Larry Towell CanadaCanada Canada Magnum Photos Palestinian Territories Palestinian children raise their toy guns in the air. picture
1994 James Nachtwey United StatesUnited States United States Magnum Photos / Time Survivor of Hutu death camp. Rwanda, 1994 Genocide in Rwanda A Hutu who was mutilated by the Interahamwe Hutu militia and suspected of supporting the Tutsi . picture
1995 Lucian Perkins United StatesUnited States United States The Washington Post Chechnya war A boy fleeing the fighting in Grozny looks out the back window of a refugee bus. picture
1996 Francesco Zizola ItalyItaly Italy Contrasto Civil War in Angola Landmine victims play in the Angolan city of Kuito . picture
1997 Hocine AlgeriaAlgeria Algeria Agence France-Presse Algerian civil war A woman mourns the victims of a massacre in Bentalha in front of the “Zmirli Hospital” . picture
1998 Dayna Smith United StatesUnited States United States The Washington Post Kosovo conflict Relatives and friends comfort the widow of a UÇK fighter who was killed on patrol the day before . picture
1999 Claus Bjørn Larsen DenmarkDenmark Denmark Berlingske Tidende Kosovo war A wounded Kosovar Albanian runs through the Kukës Strait . picture
2000 Lara Jo Regan United StatesUnited States United States Life Immigration to the USA A Mexican immigrant works to feed her children. picture
2001 Erik Refner DenmarkDenmark Denmark Berlingske Tidende Refugee disaster is in Afghanistan The body of a dead Afghan boy is being prepared for burial in the Jalozai refugee camp . picture
2002 Eric Grigorian ArmeniaArmenia Armenia / United States
United StatesUnited States 
Polaris Images Earthquake in Iran A young Iranian holds the trousers of his dead father, who is buried after the earthquake on June 23, 2002. picture
2003 Jean-Marc Bouju FranceFrance France The Associated Press Iraq war An Iraqi prisoner of war with a sack over his head comforts his son in a reception camp. picture
2004 Arko Datta IndiaIndia India Reuters 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake A desperate Indian woman weeps for her dead relatives two days after the devastating tsunami . picture
2005 Finbarr O'Reilly CanadaCanada Canada Reuters Hunger crisis in Niger in 2005 A mother and child wait for food at an emergency center in Tahoua . picture
2006 Spencer Platt United StatesUnited States United States Getty Images Lebanon War 2006 Five young Lebanese drive a convertible through the rubble of bombed Beirut . picture
2007 Tim Hetherington United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Vanity Fair War in Afghanistan An exhausted US soldier leans against a bunker wall and holds a protective hand in front of his eyes. picture
2008 Anthony Suau United StatesUnited States United States Time Financial crisis from 2007 The American police officer Robert Kole checks whether a evacuated house in Cleveland has actually been abandoned. picture
2009 Pietro Masturzo ItalyItaly Italy Protests after the Iranian presidential election Young women on a rooftop in Tehran protest against the re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad . picture
2010 Jodi Bieber South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa Women's rights under the Taliban Portrait of the mutilated Afghan woman Bibi Aisha (18) with her nose cut off. picture
2011 Samuel Aranda SpainSpain Spain The New York Times A woman protects her son Arabic spring A veiled Yemeni woman holds a relative who was injured during the protests in a mosque in Sanaa . picture
2012 Paul Hansen SwedenSweden Sweden Dagens Nyheter Gaza Burial Gaza Strip A crowd carries two dead children who were killed in an Israeli rocket attack on Gaza . picture
2013 John Stanmeyer United StatesUnited States United States VII / National Geographic signal Refugees in Djibouti African refugees hold their mobile phones in the air on the night beach in the capital Djibouti to receive reception so that they can speak to their families. picture
2014 Mads nits DenmarkDenmark Denmark Berlingske / Scanpix Jon and Alex LGBT in Russia The photo shows a gay couple in an intimate moment and reminds of the aggravated living conditions of the LGBT minorities in Russia. picture
2015 Warren Richardson AustraliaAustralia Australia Hope for a New Life Refugee Crisis in Europe The photo shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia to Hungary near Röszke . picture
2016 Burhan Ozbilici TurkeyTurkey Turkey An Assassination in Turkey Assassination attempt on Andrei Karlow The Turkish assassin Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, shortly after he shot and fatally wounded the Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov during a photo exhibition in Ankara . picture
2017 Ronaldo Schemidt VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela Agence France-Presse Venezuela Crisis Protests against the Venezuelan government A Venezuelan government opponent is on fire after clashes with security forces. picture
2018 John Moore United StatesUnited States United States Getty Images Crying Girl on the Border Migration stretch from Central America to the border between Mexico and the United States A crying toddler whose mother is being checked by US border guards before they are both about to be taken into custody. picture
2019 Yasuyoshi Chiba JapanJapan Japan Agence France-Presse Straight voice Military coup and government formation in Sudan A young Sudanese who recites protest poems during a night power failure in the capital Khartoum is surrounded by numerous people who illuminate him with their mobile phones and chant slogans to restore civil rule. picture
2020 Mads nits DenmarkDenmark Denmark Politiken / Panos Pictures The First Embrace COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil For the first time in five months, the 85-year-old resident of a nursing home in São Paulo is hugged again. After no visits were allowed due to the corona pandemic, a “hugging curtain” was installed. picture


  • David Levi Strauss: Between the Eyes. Essays on Photography and Politics. With photographs by: Miguel Rio Branco, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Leon Golub, Hannah Villiger, Francesca Woodman, Ania Bien, Alfredo Jaar, Jim Goldberg, Bobby Neel Adams, Joel-Peter Witkin, Sebastiao Salgado. 200 pages. Aperture 2005.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  3. USC Annenberg | World Press Photo returns to USC Annenberg. March 5, 2009, accessed April 19, 2020 .
  4. Director of the “World Press Photo” competition is “shocked” by the massive amount of image manipulation , Spiegel Online, February 20, 2015.
  5. Andrea Diener: The best press photos of the year . In:, April 16, 2020; accessed on April 17, 2020.
  6. A corona-compliant hug - that's the World Press Photo 2021 , Der Spiegel, April 15, 2021 (accessed April 15, 2021).
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