The most important prize, World Press Photo of the Year, was awarded to Agence France-Presse photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba for his image of a young man reciting a poem amid protests in Sudan. The judges called the photo ‘poetic’ and said the juxtaposition of art and war acts as a ‘symbol of hope’. About the image, Chiba says, ‘This moment was the only peaceful group protest I encountered during my stay. I felt their solidarity like burning embers left to ignite again.’
Once again, the most prestigious photojournalism award in the world holds its commitment to sharing the stories that deserve to be told more than ever. Though the verdicts of the World Press Photo (WPP) competition come in the midst of our current unprecedented global situation, you won’t find a single entry related to it – those are most likely earmarked for the 2021 results. Meanwhile, the WPP gives us a way to view the world through new windows and to see the other wars being waged throughout the world.