The photograph ’Crying Girl on the Border’ by Getty Images photojournalist John Moore has been chosen as the World Press Photo of the Year 2019. The haunting image of a distressed toddler at the U.S.-Mexican border fuelled debate about the USA’s zero tolerance migration policy regarding refugees from Latin-American countries.
In the category ‘Story of the Year’, Pieter ten Hoopen was recognised for his series ‘The Migrant Caravan’. Bence Mate won in the category ‘Nature – Singles’: his image ‘Harvesting Frogs’ Legs’ depicts frogs in Romania whose legs have been severed whilst alive. First prize in the category ‘Portrait Stories’ went to photographer duo Bénédicte Kurzen and Sanne de Wilde for their collaborative project on the mythology of twinhood in Nigeria.
Some 80,000 images by around 4,700 photographers were submitted for this year’s World Press Photo contest. The winning works will be presented at a series of venues, including the Gruner+Jahr premises in Hamburg (26 April to 18 May 2019) and the Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin (30 May to 23 June).
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