The nominees for the 62nd edition of the World Press Photo Contest have been announced, with Australian Getty staff photographer Chris McGrath nominated for the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year for his image The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in the 'General News’ category.
Two Australian photographers have also received category nominee awards: Afghanistan-based Australian Andrew Quilty in the 'Spot news stories' category, for his series showing the aftermath of an ambulance packed with explosives that killed 103 people and injured 235 in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 27 January 2018, and Sydney Reuters photographer David Gray for his image of Naomi Osaka serving during her match against Simona Halep during the Australian Open tennis tournament in the 'Sports singles' category.
This year the contest saw 4,738 photographers from 129 countries enter 78,801 images. The 2019 edition also introduced a major new award: the World Press Photo Story of the Year. This honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills produced a story with excellent editing and sequencing that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in 2018.
The 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees are 43 photographers from 25 countries, and of these nominees, 14 photographers are women (32%), a significant increase from the 2018 Photo Contest, when 12% of the nominees were female photographers.
Below you can see the nominees in both the single image and story categories, as a well as a selection of some of the category nominees in the competition.
World Press Photo of the Year nominees
World Press Photo Story of the Year nominees
Yemen Crisis by Lorenzo Tugnoli (Italy)
The Lake Chad Crisis, Marco Gualazzini, Italy, Contrasto
The Migrant Caravan by Pieter Ten Hoopen (Netherlands/Sweden)
The winners of the 2019 Photo Contest and the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest will be announced at the Awards Show taking place on 11 April in Amsterdam.
An independent jury covering a wide range of photography backgrounds–from six global regions, with an equal number of men and women–selected the 2019 World Press Photo Contest nominees. Whitney C. Johnson, vice president, Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, is the chair of the 2019 Photo Contest’s general jury.
You can see all the nominees and category nominees for every category at World Press Photo.