World Press Photo Contest 2019: See The Nominees For Prestigious Photography Award

The World Press Photo Foundation has unveiled its global photojournalism prize nominees for 2019. Here are some of the finalists’ images, in categories from the environment to sport. The winners will be announced in April.


Photo of the year nominee: Akashinga – the Brave Ones, by Brent Stirton. Petronella Chigumbura, 30, a member of an all-female anti-poaching unit called Akashinga, undergoes stealth and concealment training in the Phundundu wildlife park, Zimbabwe. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images/World Press Photo 2019)

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Photo of the year nominee: victims of an alleged gas attack receive treatment in eastern Ghouta, by Mohammed Badra. People receive treatment after a suspected chemical attack on al-Shifunieh village, in eastern Ghouta, Syria. Also nominated in the “spot news” story category: Syria, No Exit. (Photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA/World Press Photo 2019)


Photo of the year nominee: being pregnant after Farc child-bearing ban, by Catalina Martin-Chico. Yorladis is pregnant for the sixth time, after five other pregnancies were terminated during her Farc years in Colombia. She says she managed to hide the fifth pregnancy from her commander until the sixth month by wearing loose clothes. Yorladis and her partner live in a house in a temporary camp in Colinas. (Photo by Catalina Martin-Chico/Panos/World Press Photo 2019)


Photo of the year nominee: Almajiri Boy, by Marco Gualazzini. An orphaned boy walks past drawings on a wall depicting rocket-propelled grenade launchers, in Bol, Chad. This image was also nominated as part of a set in the “photo story of the year” and “environment story” categories. (Photo by Marco Gualazzini/Contrasto/World Press Photo 2019)


Photo of the year nominee: crying girl on the border, by John Moore. Yanela, from Honduras, cries as her mother, Sandra Sanchez, is searched by a US border patrol agent, in McAllen, Texas, US. This image was also nominated in the “spot news” category. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/World Press Photo 2019)


Photo of the year nominee: the disappearance of Jamal Kashoggi, by Chris McGrath. An unidentified man tries to hold back the press as Saudi investigators arrive at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, amid a growing international backlash against the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images/World Press Photo 2019)


Nature story nominee: Meet Bob, by Jasper Doest. Bob, a rescued Caribbean flamingo, lives among humans on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. Badly injured when he flew into a hotel window, he was cared for by Odette Doest, who runs a wildlife rescue. Bob became used to humans during rehabilitation and so would not survive if returned to the wild, and so he became an ambassador for the wildlife trust. Bob accompanies Odette on regular school visits. (Photo by Jasper Doest/World Press Photo 2019)


Contemporary issues story nominee: Ireland’s struggle to overturn anti-abortion laws, by Olivia Harris. A 1983 referendum resulted in an amendment to the Irish constitution, reinforcing a ban on terminations, even those pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. On 25 May 2018, Ireland voted by a large majority to overturn these abortion laws, among the most restrictive in the world. Repeal campaigner Megan Scott, dressed as St Brigid, Ireland’s female patron, poses for a photograph on Dublin’s main shopping street. (Photo by Olivia Harris/World Press Photo 2019)


Long-term projects nominee: Beckon us from home, by Sarah Blesener. Patriotic education, often with a military subtext, forms the basis of many youth programmes in both Russia and the US. Students undergo firearms training at an historical-war camp in Borodino, Russia. The project’s statement says the aim is to “awaken in the younger generation a keen interest in the history of the Fatherland”. (Photo by Sarah Blesener/World Press Photo 2019)


Portraits story nominee: Falleras, by Luisa Dörr. Fallera dresses for the Fallas de Valencia festival in Spain – inspired by clothes worn centuries ago by women working in rice fields – are now elaborate creations that can cost in excess of €1,000. Emma Xifeng Abril and Eva Lanhan Abril were adopted by the same parents and their adoptive mother, Maria, bought a piece of material from their country of birth to make these dresses. (Photo by Luisa Dörr/World Press Photo 2019)


Photo story of the year nominee: Yemen crisis, by Lorenzo Tugnoli. A veiled woman begs outside a grocery store in the village of Azzan, Yemen, which was under the control of al-Qaida until the Shabwani elite forces liberated the area in December 2017. Over the past year, the shadow war between al-Qaida and local Yemeni fighters has intensified. (Photo by Lorenzo Tugnoli/The Washington Post/Contrasto/World Press Photo 2019)


Sports story nominee: Crying for freedom, by Forough Alaei. In Iran, female fans are controversially banned from entering football stadiums. On 20 June 2018 a ruling allowed Tehran’s Azadi stadium to admit selected groups of women for international matches. A woman watches the AFC Cup match, disguised as a young man. The photographer, who also had to dress as a man, said: “As a female photographer, I’m not permitted to take my camera to the stadium. Therefore, I had to pass myself of as a boy and use my iPhone to take this shot”. (Photo by Forough Alaei/World Press Photo 2019)


Contemporary issues single nominee: The Cubanitas, by Diana Markosian. Pura rides around her neighbourhood in a pink 1950s convertible, as the community gathers to celebrate her 15th birthday, in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Diana Markosian/Magnum Photos/World Press Photo 2019)


Environment story nominee: God’s honey, by Nadia Shira Cohen. A group of beekeepers tending to their hives in Tinun, Mexico. Mennonite farmers growing soy in Campeche, in the Yucatán Peninsula, are allegedly adversely affecting the livelihood of local Mayan beekeepers. Environmental groups and honey producers say the introduction of GM soy and use of the agrochemicals endangers health, contaminates crops, and reduces the market value of honey by threatening its organic label. (Photo by Nadia Shira Cohen/World Press Photo 2019)


Portraits single nominee: Dakar fashion, by Finbarr O’Reilly. Curious residents and a street vendor selling material look on as models Diarra Ndiaye, Ndeye Fatou Mbaye and Malezi Sakho wear outfits by the Senegalese designer Adama Paris in the Medina neighbourhood of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. (Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly/World Press Photo 2019)

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