The winners of the World Press Photo 2021

April 15, 2021 at 13:19 a.m.


La Photography The first hug, by the Danish Mads Nissen, was chosen as the Best of the Year in the renowned competition World Press Photo 2021.

In the winning image, Rosa Luzia Lunardi, 85, is hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at the Viva Bem residence in São Paulo, Brazil.

“For me this is a story about the esperanza and love in the most difficult moments. When I heard about the crisis that was unfolding in Brazil and the poor leadership of President Bolsonaro, who downplayed the virus from the beginning, even calling it 'a little flu', I really felt the need to do something about it, "explained Mads Nissen .

Photographer Kevin WY Lee, who was part of the jury to select this year's winning images, called iconic Nissen's photography, as it immortalizes one of the most extraordinary moments in contemporary life.

In it, the creative director also abounded, vulnerability is perceived, the feeling of pérdida and separation, and survival.

Mads Nissen is a Danish photographer living in Copenhagen. After graduating in 2007 from The Danish School of Journalism, he moved to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China's historic economic rise. Since 2014 he has worked as a photographer for the Danish daily Politiken newspaper.

Here we will present the images that won in 10 other categories so that you can enjoy the extraordinary work that photographers from all over the world did.


Photo Story of the Year: Habibi, by Antonio Faccilongo

In Arabic habibi it means my love and this image tells a story of this court in a family that has as a backdrop one of the longest and most complicated conflicts in modern history, the Israeli-Palestinian.

The photographer seeks to show the impact of this conflict on Palestinian families and the difficulties they face in preserving their reproductive rights and human dignity.

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Contemporary Themes, individual: Yemen: Hunger, another war woundby Pablo Tosco

Fatima has nine children and to support them she goes fishing every day. Although her village was devastated by the armed conflict in Yemen, Fatima returned to resume her livelihood, buying a boat with the money she earned from selling fish. 

The conflict between Shiite Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition dates back to 2014 and has sparked what UNICEF calls the world's greatest humanitarian crisis. Around 20.1 million people (almost two-thirds of the population) were in need of food assistance in early 2020 and about 80% of the population depends on humanitarian aid.

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Contemporary Issues, series: sakhawoodby Alexey Vasilyev

A team shoots the second part of the film The old Beyberikeen with five cows in Sakha, Russian Federation. 

The first part of the film, directed by Konstantin Timofeev, was a box office success in early 2019. The inhabitants of Sakha, a republic located in the extreme northeast of the Russian Federation, live in a remote area with extreme climatic conditions: temperatures they can drop to -50 ° C in winter. 

Although Saja, also known as Yakutia, extends over more than 3 million square kilometers, its population barely reaches 950 thousand inhabitants, of which about 50% are ethnic Saja (or Yakuts).

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Environment, individual: California sea lion plays with a maskby Ralph Pace

In this image, a California sea lion swims toward a face mask at the Breakwater dive site in Monterey, California, United States.

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Environment, series: Pantanal on fireby Lalo de Almeida

At the São Francisco de Perigara farm in Brazil, firefighters fight a fire that is home to one of the largest populations of hyacinth macaws. 

About 92% of the farm's area, mostly dedicated to conservation, was destroyed by fire. Nearly a third of Brazil's Pantanal region, which is the world's largest tropical wetland and flooded grasslands, which stretch for about 140 to 160 square kilometers, was consumed by fires over the course of 2020.

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General news, series: Lost paradiseby Valery Melnikov

Azat Gevorkyan and his wife Anaik are photographed before leaving their home in Lachin, Nagorno-Karabakh, the last district to be returned to control of Azerbaijan after the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. 

The conflict between the Armenian and Azerbaijani ethnic groups over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the southern Caucasus resumed in September, after a 30-year hiatus.

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Individual nature: Giraffe rescue from a flooded islandby Ami Vitale

A Rothschild's giraffe is transported to safety on a custom-built barge from a flooded island of Longicharo on Lake Baringo in western Kenya.

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Nature, series: Pandemic pigeons: a love story, by Jasper Doest

The pigeon Dollie enters to perch on the balcony door, where she takes advantage of the higher vantage point to see if she can get into the kitchen, in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. 

A couple of feral pigeons befriended the photographer's family, who were isolated in their apartment in Vlaardingen, in the Netherlands, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Portraits, individual: The transition: Ignatby Oleg Ponomarev

Ignat, a transgender man, sits with his girlfriend Maria in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ignat, like thousands of transgender people, was bullied during his school years.

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Portraits, series: The American Gunsby Gabriele Galimberti 

Torrell Jasper, 35, uses a flamethrower in the backyard of his home in Schriever, Louisiana, United States.

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