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World Press Photo 2019


Under the slogan of “Stories that Matter”, Barcelona’s Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted the “World Press Photo 2019” exhibition with the prize-winning works of the world’s most prestigious photojournalism contest.

In this edition the event saw 4,738 photographers entering the competition, of whom 894 were women—18.75% more than in the last edition—together with 78,801 images. Of the participating authors, 213 are Spanish. Of the 43 winners—14 women and 29 men—24 are first-time winners, while 19 of them have been distinguished in other editions.

The World Press Photo of the Year Award went to John Moore for "Crying Girl on the Border", a snapshot showing little Yanela Sánchez crying while she and her mother are detained by US border guards in McAllen, Texas. A novelty in this edition is the World Press Photo 2019 Award for Graphic Reportage of the Year, which was won by “The Migrant Caravan” by Pieter Ten Hoopen. The competition also awards other prizes in the following 8 categories: contemporary topics, environment, current topics, long-term projects, nature, portraits, sports and current news items.

The jury also announced for the first time the winners of the Digital Narrative 2019 competition, which saw 300 productions entered and which includes the World Press Photo 2019 Award for Interactive Project of the Year, a visual story with photography and/or video combined with animation, illustration, sound or text, which went to “The Last Generation”, of the FRONTLINE/The GroundTruth Project, as well as the World Press Photo 2019 Award for Online Video of the Year, which went to "The Legacy of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy: Traumatized Children With No Access to Treatment”, by Univision News Digital. The categories of the multimedia competition are interactive, long and short format.

The exhibition, which was organised for the fifteenth year by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, had the Banco Sabadell Foundation as its main collaborator and the support of Fujifilm. After being shown in Barcelona, the exhibition will be viewed during the year in more than 100 cities and 45 countries around the world, with a global audience of more than 4 million viewers.


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