2022 Global Press Photo Contest Regional Winners

The regional winners of the 2022 Global Press Photo Contest have just been announced. Although the competition has been around for 65 years, this is the first time they have used a regional format. We are very excited about this, as the winners feature incredible photography from around the world.

About the World Press Photo Contest

Historically, the World Press Photo contest has had a problem with diversity, as contest director Anna Lena Mehr explains in the announcement of regional contests. In 2021, for example, only 7% of entrants came from South America, 5% came from Southeast Asia and Oceania, and only 3% came from Africa. The competition organizers felt that this was “in no way representative of all the amazing photojournalism talent around the world” and therefore decided to change things.

For 2022, the competition has adopted a regional model, with six regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North and Central America
  • South America
  • Southeast Asia and Oceania

Within each region, there were four categories to which participants could submit their work:

  • Singles, for single exposure photographs.
  • Stories, for 3 to 10 related photographs.
  • Long-term projects, for 24 to 30 related photographs on a single theme.
  • Open Format, a new category that allowed “a range and/or mix of storytelling mediums in which the primary visual content is still photography.”

The new format is chargeable

The regional format seems to have worked. For the 2022 competition, more than 64,000 photographs were submitted by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries around the world.

This week, the regional winners in all four categories were announced. The shortlist is made up of 24 photographers from 23 countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Russia, Sudan and Thailand.

Global winners will be chosen from this shortlist and announced on April 7, 2022.

Some of our favorite shots

The complete list of photos, photo reports and written explanations is amazing. If you have an hour to spare, we strongly suggest taking a deep dive. It’s a great opportunity to learn from some of the most powerful and meaningful images taken over the past year.

But if you’re short on time, here are some of our favorite photos from each of the six regions.

Africa

Singles winner, Africa, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Faiz Abubakr Mohamed

Sudanese photographer Faiz Abubakr Mohamed won the Singles category for this photo of a protest calling for an end to military rule in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Nigerian photographer Sodiq Adelakun Adekola won the Stories category for Afraid to Go to School, his series documenting the impact of mass school kidnappings in Nigeria.
Winner of Stories, Africa, Global Press Photo Contest 2022. Sodiq Adelakun Adekola

Nigerian photographer Sodiq Adelakun Adekola won the Stories category for ‘Afraid to Go to School’, his series documenting the impact of mass school kidnappings in Nigeria.

Asia

Palestinian photographer Fatima Shbair won the Singles category for this photo of Palestinian children gathering with candles in Gaza.
Singles winner, Asia, World Press Photo Contest 2022. Fatima Chbair

Palestinian photographer Fatima Shbair won the Singles category for this photo of Palestinian children gathering with candles in Gaza.

Indian photographer Senthil Kumaran's Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict won the Long-Term Projects category.
Long Term Projects Winner, Asia, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Senthil Kumaran

“Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict” by Indian photographer Senthil Kumaran won the Long-Term Projects category.

Europe

Greek photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis won the Singles category for this photo of the wildfires in Greece last summer.
Singles winner, Europe, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Constantinos Tsakalidis

Greek photographer Konstantinos Tsakalidis won the Singles category for this photo of the wildfires in Greece last summer.

Russian-German photographer Nanna Heitmann won the Stories category for As Frozen Land Burns, her series documenting forest fires and their fallout in Siberia, Russia.
Winner of Stories, Europe, Global Press Photo Contest 2022. Nanna Heitmann

Russian-German photographer Nanna Heitmann won the Stories category for “As Frozen Land Burns,” her series documenting forest fires and their fallout in Siberia, Russia.

North and Central America

Canadian photographer Amber Bracken won the Singles category for her photo showing red robes hanging from crosses to commemorate Indigenous children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Singles winner, North and Central America, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Amber Fern

Canadian photographer Amber Bracken won the Singles category for her photo showing red robes hanging from crosses to commemorate Indigenous children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

New York-based Bangladeshi photographer Ismail Ferdous won the Stories category for The People Who Feed the United States, a series of portraits of migrants who work in the US meat-packing industry.
Winner of Stories, North and Central America, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Ismail Ferdous

New York-based Bangladeshi photographer Ismail Ferdous won the Stories category for “The People Who Feed America,” a series of portraits of migrants who work in the US meat-packing industry.

South America

Colombian photographer Vladimir Encina won the Singles category for his photo showing police arresting a man during evictions to pave the way for a
Singles winner, South America, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Vladimir Encine

Colombian photographer Vladimir Encina won the Singles category for his photo showing police arresting a man during evictions to pave the way for a “railroad megaproject” in Puerto Caldas, Colombia.

Brazilian photographer Lalo de Almeida won the Long-Term Projects category for his series Amazonian Dystopia, documenting the fate of the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there.
Long Term Projects Winner, South America, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Lalo de Almeida

Brazilian photographer Lalo de Almeida won the Long-Term Projects category for his “Amazonian Dystopia” series, documenting the fate of the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there.

Southeast Asia and Oceania

A photographer whose anonymity is kept to protect his safety won the category
Singles Winner, Southeast Asia and Oceania, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Anonymous

A photographer whose anonymity is being kept for his safety won the Singles category for this photo of protesters using slingshots and other improvised weapons to battle security forces in Myanmar.

Australian photographer Matthew Abbott won the Stories category for Saving Forests with Fire, his series documenting how Indigenous Australians strategically set fires to protect the environment and prevent fuel buildup that would lead to larger, more devastating fires .
Winner of Stories, Southeast Asia and Oceania, 2022 World Press Photo Contest. Matthew Abbott

Australian photographer Matthew Abbott won the Stories category for ‘Saving Forests with Fire’, his series documenting how Indigenous Australians strategically set fires to protect the environment and prevent fuel buildup that would lead to larger fires and more devastating.

How to Enter Next Year’s Contest

The Global Press Photography Competition is open to professional press photographers only. If that includes you, check out the site to find out how to get involved next year.

Otherwise, take advantage of the amazing shortlist right now.