World Press Photo announces global winners for 2023
Evgeniy Maloletka of the Associated Press has won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year for his photograph Mariupol Maternity Hospital Airstrike, a harrowing image depicting a pregnant woman being evacuated following a Russian airstrike.
Maloletka was one of the very few photographers in Mariupol in early March 2022. “We came to Mariupol just one before the invasion. For 20 days, we lived with paramedics in the basement of the hospital, and in shelters with ordinary citizens, trying to show the fear Ukrainians were living in,” says Maloletka.
“This is the image that I wanted to forget, but I couldn’t,” he explains.
Of Maloletka’s image, Jury Chair Brent Lewis says the haunting image was unanimously chosen.
“With the vote being decided on the first anniversary of the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the jury mentioned the power of the image and the story behind it, as well as the atrocities it shows," he said.
"The death of both the pregnant woman and her child summarized so much of the war, as well as the possible intent of Russia. As one juror put it: ‘It’s like they are trying to kill the future of Ukraine.”
This year's winners were chosen from more than 60,000 entries (still images and multimedia) submitted by 3,752 entrants from 127 countries.
As with the regional winners announced earlier this month, the entries were judged first by six regional juries, with winners chosen by a global jury consisting of the regional jury chairs plus the global jury chair.
The World Press Photo Contest rewards the best visual journalism of the past year. Each global winner receives €5,000.
The World Press Photo Story of the Year was awarded to Mads Nissen of Politiken/Panos Pictures for his The Price of Peace in Afghanistan. Nissen is a previous winner of the Photo of the Year category in 2021.
His series depicts the daily lives of people in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s return to power after the United States and its allies withdrew from the troubled Middle Eastern nation.
The World Press Photo Long-Term Project Award was awarded to Anush Babajanyan VII Photo/National Geographic Society for Battered Waters, her coverage of water management and its impact on Central Asia.
Babajanyan has spent years documenting the water resource interdependence of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. After years of peaceful cooperation between the four landlocked nations, the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers have recently become a source of conflict in the face of drought, changing needs, and water mismanagement.
The Open Format Award was awarded to Mohamed Mahdy, for his series Here, The Doors Don’t Know Me, a series which explores how rising sea levels affect Al Max, a fishing village along the Mahmoudiyah canal in Alexandria, Egypt.
All the winning images will now tour the world in the foundation’s annual exhibition to more than 60 cities around the world including Sydney, from next month.
You can see a wrap-up of the Regional winners here.