Winners of the World Press Photo 2021

The World Press Photo of the Year goes to “The First Embrace”, the photograph by Danish Mads Nissen for Politiken / Panos Pictures. In the winning image, Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 August 2020.

Among the 6 images nominated for Photo of the Year, there was also “Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa” ​​by Spanish Luis Tato.

The World Press Photo Story of the Year is for “Habibi” (we see an image above these lines), by the Italian Antonio Faccilongo for Getty Reportage.  The winning series chronicles love stories set against the backdrop of one of the longest and most complicated contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian war. The story shows the impact of the conflict on Palestinian families, and the difficulties they face in preserving their reproductive rights and human dignity.

Some of the awarded authors will be present in the World Press Photo exhibition in Barcelona, ​​organized by the Photographic Social Vision Foundation with the support of the Banco Sabadell Foundation. The exhibition will take place from November 10 to December 12 at the Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). Tickets will be on sale in a few months, through the website There, you will also access to the sale of the exhibition catalog, the reservation of guided tours for schools, and exclusive content such as interviews with some of the winning photojournalists.

National authors awarded in various categories

The 1st Prize in Contemporary Issues, singles category, goes to Pablo Tosco, an Argentine who also has Spanish nationality and has lived in Barcelona for years, thanks to the image “Yemen: Hunger, Another War Wound”, which shows Fatima and her son preparing the fishing net in Yemen’s Khor Omeira Bay on February 12, 2020. Despite the devastation of her village, Fatima returned to resume her livelihood, buying a boat with the money she earned selling fish.

In addition, the three outstanding national authors in the nature and environment categories have won their 3rd prizes. The Basque Aitor Garmendia, obtains the third prize in Environment, stories category, with a report entitled “Inside the Spanish Pork Industry: The Pig Factory of Europe”, about the pig industry in Spain -one of the four largest exporters of pork meat in the world – and on the conditions of the animals on farms. Jaime Culebras from Extremadura wins third prize in Nature, singles category, for a photograph titled “New Life”, which shows the eggs of a Wiley’s glass frog, Nymphargus wileyi, hanging from the tip of a leaf in a tropical cloud forest, near the Yanayacu Biological Station, in Napo, Ecuador. And Luis Tato, a Spaniard living in Kenya, takes third prize also in Nature, stories category, for “Fighting Locust Invasion in East Africa”, the same report that earned him the nomination for World Press Photo of the Year.

And the Valencian Claudia Reig Valera receives a mention to the Outstanding Instructive Interactive by “Birth in the 21th century”, an interactive documentary directed by her, together with the interactive media director Àlex Badia. Produced by Barret Cooperativa, Lab RTVE and À Punt Mèdia, speaks about hospital models of care based on respect for women who give birth. This piece was also nominated for the Interactive Project of the Year in the World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest.

Finally, within the Digital Storytelling Contest, the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year has been won by “Reconstructing Seven Days of Protests in Minneapolis After George Floyd’s Death” by Holly Bailey (The Washington Post), Matt Daniels and Amelia Wattenberger (The Pudding). And “Calling Back From Wuhan”, by Yang Shenlai / Tang Shiaolan, has won the World Press Photo Online Video of the Year.

Here you will find more information about the main winners in the Photography Contest and in the Digital Narrative Contest.

Here you have the details of the winners in all the other categories in the Photography Contest and in the Digital Narrative Contest.