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Photograph: Konstantinos Tsakalidis / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

Take a look at the shocking and impactful winners of the 2022 World Press Photo awards

The contest recognises the best documentary photography of 2021

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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As unrelenting wildfires destroyed villages on the Greek island of Evia last summer, photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis took this photograph of local resident Panayiota Kritsiopi. Fortunately, both managed to escape, with the latter saying later that ‘at that moment I was shouting not only for myself – but for the whole village’.

The haunting image was among the winners of this year’s World Press Photo awards. The competition recognises the best photojournalism and documentary photography of the past year, with more than 64,000 photographs submitted from 130 countries in 2021. You can see all the winners on the official website, but in the meantime, here are some more of our favourites:

Two children hunt for file snakes in Djulkar, Australia

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Photograph: Matthew Abbott / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

Stray dogs stare at meat hanging in a butcher’s shop in Vila da Ressaca, Brazil

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Photograph:Lalo de Almeida / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

A man and two horses walk along the Buluus glacier in Sakha, Russia

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Photograph: Nanna Heitmann / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

A group of Nawarddeken elders hunt for turtles near Gunbalanya, Australia

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Photograph: Matthew Abbott / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

A staff member walks through the empty Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Photograph: Bram Janssen / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

Residents of Svetlana (a village in Russia for people with learning difficulties and mental health issues) rehearse for a performance of ‘The Little Prince’

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Photograph: Mary Gelman / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

A herd of zebu (a breed of highly prized cattle) are led to market across the Bongolava Plateau in Madagascar

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Photograph: Rijasolo / 2022 World Press Photo Contest

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