2022 Contest regional winners announced

The World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the regional winners for the 2022 Contest

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We are proud to present the regional winners for the 65th World Press Photo Contest. In line with the new regional strategy, independent specialized regional and global juries decided on the 2022 regional winners, for each of the four categories; Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, and Open Format.  

The World Press Photo Contest recognizes and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography of the previous year. This year the winners were chosen out of 64,823 photographs and open format entries, by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.

Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of World Press Photo Foundation, about this year's contest: "It is exhilarating to see the way in which the new regional contest set up has produced the changes that we were hoping for. Changes that we believe will offer different perspectives on, and a deeper connection to, photojournalism and documentary photography from all over the world."

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2022 Contest regional winners


Sudan Protests
Faiz Abubakr Mohamed, Sudan

Afraid to go to School
Sodiq Adelakun Adekola, Nigeria, Agence France-Presse

Long-Term Projects
The Zebu War
Rijasolo, Madagascar/France, Riva Press

Open Format
The Longing of the Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken
Rehab Eldalil, Egypt

Honorable Mention
Searching for Peace Amidst Chaos
Amanuel Sileshi, Ethiopia, Agence France-Presse


Palestinian Children in Gaza
Fatima Shbair, Palestine, Getty Images

The Cinema of Kabul
Bram Janssen, the Netherlands, The Associated Press

Long-Term Projects
Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict
Senthil Kumaran, India

Open Format
Blue Affair
Kosuke Okahara, Japan

Honorable Mention
Endless War
Dar Yasin, India, The Associated Press


Evia Island Wildfire
Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News

As Frozen Land Burns
Nanna Heitmann, Russia/Germany, Magnum Photos

Long-Term Projects
Ukraine Crisis
Guillaume Herbaut, France, Agence VU’

Open Format
The Book of Veles
Jonas Bendiksen, Norway

Honorable Mention
Mary Gelman, Russia

North and Central America

Kamloops Residential School
Amber Bracken, Canada, for The New York Times

The People Who Feed the United States
Ismail Ferdous, Bangladesh, Agence VU’

Long-Term Projects
Political Year Zero
Louie Palu, Canada

Open Format
The Flower of Time. Guerrero's Red Mountain
Yael Martínez, Mexico

Honorable Mention
Amid High Mortality Rates, Black Women Turn to Midwives
Sarah Reingewirtz, United States, for Los Angeles Daily News and Southern California News Group

South America

San Isidro Settlement Eviction
Vladimir Encina, Colombia

The Promise
Irina Werning, Argentina, Pulitzer Center

Long-Term Projects
Amazonian Dystopia
Lalo de Almeida, Brazil, for Folha de São Paulo/Panos Pictures

Open Format
Blood is a Seed
Isadora Romero, Ecuador

Honorable Mention
A Portrait of Absence
Viviana Peretti, Italy

Southeast Asia and Oceania

Anonymous, for The New York Times

Saving Forests with Fire
Matthew Abbott, Australia, for National Geographic/Panos Pictures

Long-Term Projects
Abriansyah Liberto, Indonesia

Open Format
The Will to Remember
Charinthorn Rachurutchata, Thailand

Honorable Mention
Uprising in Myanmar
Ta Mwe, Myanmar, Sacca Photo


Every regional winner of the Contest receives a monetary prize of €1,000, inclusion in the annual worldwide exhibition, inclusion in the annual yearbook, publication and a personal profile on the World Press Photo website, promotion on World Press Photo platforms, an invitation to the Winners’ Program, and a physical award.


Judging of the 2022 World Press Photo Contest took place from 17 January to 2 March 2022. It involved regional juries and a global jury, convening online and offline, the latter courtesy of our partner hotel De L’Europe in Amsterdam.

The regional juries first made a selection of entries per category in their regions, after which the global jury decided on the regional winners, and from those, the global winners.

Read more about the jury and judging process here or read the jury report here.

Rena Effendi, global jury chair, Azerbaijan, photographer, said about this year’s entries:

“The new contest model pushed us out of our comfort zone to think outside the box. Each jury member brought along their expertise on relevant issues of their respective regions, and we built on this knowledge as a team. The resulting selection of winners reflects upon the state of the world from a deeper and more nuanced vantage point.”

Global Winners announced on 7 April

The global winners of the 2022 Contest will be announced on 7 April on all World Press Photo channels online.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2022

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 will premiere at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 15 April before starting its global tour. Upcoming exhibitions are confirmed and added to the calendar throughout the year. The 2021 Exhibition was shown at 66 locations in 29 countries.

World Press Photo Yearbook 2022

The newly redesigned World Press Photo Yearbook 2022 showcases the prize-winning images, stories and productions from the Contest. The Yearbook contains in-depth essays and a jury report for context and reflection. The book will be published in six languages and will be available from early May. Review copies for press can be requested by email.

World Press Photo Winners’ Program

To celebrate the awarded stories and winners, the World Press Photo Foundation will organize a Winners’ Program in Amsterdam this year. In addition to the awards celebration, the program will consist of networking and press events, presentations, lectures and a tour of the flagship World Press Photo Exhibition in De Nieuwe Kerk. Thanks to our hospitality partner, the 2022 winners will stay at De L’Europe, Amsterdam.