World Press Photo 2022 winners: the pictures

Wars, violence, destruction, but also births, hope, and ancient traditions: this is the reality showed by the winning works of the most important photojournalism contest in the world paint.

The winners of the World Press Photo 2022 were announced yesterday. The competition, in addition to the main prizes, included for the first time other awards, divided into seven geographical areas: Africa, North and Central America, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America and Southeast Asia.

The World Press Photo of the Year was won by Canadian photographer Amber Bracken, with the photo “Kamloops Residential School”: red dresses hung on crosses along a roadside commemorate children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, in British Columbia, an institution created to assimilate Indigenous children, following the detection of as many as 215 unmarked graves.

The World Press Photo Long-Term Project was won by Brazilian photographer Lalo de Almeida, with “Amazonian Dystopia”, which shows the serious situation facing the Amazon rainforest due to the climate crisis and the deforestation policies of President Jair Bolsonaro.

The World Press Photo Story of the Year was won by Australian photographer Matthew Abbott, with “Saving Forest with Fire”, in which he tells the techniques used by Australians indigenous to remove with fire the accumulation of plant residues in the forests that could cause large fires.

The World Press Photo Open format went to Ecuadorian Isadora Romero, with “Blood is a Seed”, a video that talks about the disappearance of the seeds of some species and the loss of human ancestral knowledge.

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