The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the nominees for its 63rd annual Photo Contest and 10th Digital Storytelling awards for 2020. To find an exhibition near your city, check their website.
A series named “Hong Kong Unrest” by Nicolas Asfouri from Denmark with Agence France-Presse is one of the three nominees for the Story of the Year.
A man holds a poster in Shatin, Hong Kong, as people gather to sing a protest song, on 11 September 2019. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri, Agence France-Presse.
Students cross a road to school after participating in a human-chain rally, in Hong Kong, on 12 September 2019. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri, Agence France-Presse.
Riot police run towards protesters on Nathan Road in Hong Kong, on 1 December 2019. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri, Agence France-Presse.
A woman holds up an umbrella (a symbol of protest) during protests in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, on 1 October 2019. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri, Agence France-Presse.
Another nominee for Story of the Year featured the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash last March.
Relatives grieve at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13 March 2019. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, Associated Press.
Relatives hold a photograph of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 17 March 2019. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, Associated Press.
A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, Associated Press.
Onlookers inspect debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11 March 2019. Photo: Mulugeta Ayene, Associated Press.
This year, 4,282 photographers from 125 countries entered 73,996 images. Some of the other nominated works are below:
A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites protest poetry while demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba, Agence France-Presse.
Ahmed Ibrahim (18), an SDF fighter badly burned in conflict with Turkish forces, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, on 20 October. She had at first been unable to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse encouraged her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation. Photo: Ivor Prickett, The New York Times.
Volunteers wade along a flooded road in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on 3 September, after Hurricane Dorian hit the island. Photo: Ramon Espinosa, Associated Press.
Volunteers wade along a flooded road in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on 3 September, after Hurricane Dorian hit the island. Photo: Dai Kurokawa, European Pressphoto Agency.
Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May. Photo: Farouk Batiche, Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
The winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and the Digital Storytelling Contest will be announced at the Awards Show taking place on 16 April in Amsterdam. The exhibition will premiere at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 18 April.
A trophy-shaped balloon floats over the crowd in Liverpool, England, as football fans line the streets on 2 June during the open-top bus parade celebrating Liverpool’s win against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final. Photo: Oli Scarff, Agence France-Presse.
A greater roadrunner approaches the border wall at Naco, Arizona, USA on 28 April. Photo: Alejandro Prieto.
The body of a month-old orangutan lies on a rescue team’s surgical drape after being found with her injured mother in a palm oil plantation, near the town of Subulussalam, Sumatra, Indonesia, on 10 March. Photo: Alain Schroeder.
A polar bear and her cub come close to equipment placed by scientists from Polarstern, a ship that is part of a scientific expedition investigating the consequences of Arctic climate change, in the central Arctic Ocean, on 10 October. Photo: Esther Horvath, The New York Times.
A fisherman who works illegally on Lake Victoria refloats the boat that he keeps hidden all day, before going fishing with a colleague, in Murchison Bay, Uganda. Photo: Frederic Noy, Panos Pictures.
Abigail Ferris (in mask) plays with friends at a temporary evacuation center in Bega, New South Wales, Australia, on 31 December. Abigail and her family had been evacuated from a nearby camping spot during bushfires on New Year’s Eve. Photo: Sean Davey, Agence France-Presse.
Ewa, 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland. Photo: Tomek Kaczor, Duży Format Gazeta Wyborcza.
Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie, a drag artist and activist, poses at a shisanyama—a community space where women cook and sell meat—in Khayelitsha, a township located on the Cape Flats, near Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Lee-Ann Olwage.
Professional dancer Musa Motha, who dances on crutches, poses after a practice session in Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Alon Skuy, Sunday Times.
A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 18 February. Photo: Nikita Teryoshin.