Stunning Entries for The International Festival of Photojournalism 2020

The international festival of photojournalism, Visa Pour l’Image, returns from 29 August 2020. This year, the festival welcomes visitors from around the world online, for a series of virtual exhibitions, roundtable discussions, screenings and award presentations. In addition, Canon will host an exclusive programme of events in its virtual lounge.


The Canon female photojournalist grant. Nine-year-old Elif, a new student at a Quranic school, wears a hijab for the first time. Rize, Turkey, 4 August 2018. (Photo by Sabiha Çimen/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)

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Wolves at the Top of the World. A pup plays with a feather while another nuzzles White Scarf, the pack’s aging matriarch. (Photo by Ronan Donovan/National Geographic Magazine/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Iraq: One Hundred Days of Thawra. A man waving the Iraqi flag during a symbolic funeral march for a protester killed in clashes with security forces the previous day. Baghdad, 21 January 2020. (Photo by Emilienne Malfatto for The Washington Post/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Forgotten Guerrero. A female member of the community defence force holds her weapon. Since early 2019, the village has been attacked repeatedly by Los Ardillos cartel, prompting residents to take action. Rincón de Chautla, Guerrero, 10 June 2019. (Photo by Alfredo Bosco/Luz with the support of Le Figaro Magazine, Winner of the 2020 Humanitarian Visa d’or award, International Committee of the Red Cross/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Chiba’s Africa. Sunday mass at St Mary’s Mission church. Kisumu, Kenya, 29 October 2017. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/Agence France-Presse/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


The Human Face of Covid-19 in New York City. Each night at 7pm, at the corner of 77th Street and Lexington Avenue, healthcare workers from Lenox Hill hospital gather outside while local residents express their gratitude. I have seen the woman at the centre of the photograph, Nora, every time. Usually she does not want to be photographed, but this time she stopped to look my camera and me in the eye. Nora’s facial expression spoke for all of us as they conveyed confusion, fear and hope for the future. (Photo by Peter Turnley/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


A Troubled Home. A newborn boy at the maternity hospital in Stepanakert, Artsakh. The Republic of Artsakh has no international recognition and is considered to be part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Babajanyan was the winner of the 2019 Canon female photojournalist grant. (Photo by Anush Babajanyan/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Drowning in Plastic. Two stray dogs in contaminated water seeping from a landfill laced with plastic bags, textiles and sheeting in Chennai, India. (Photo by James Whitlow Delano/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Hong Kong: Beyond the Protests. Protesters cover their right eye in solidarity with a medic who was shot in the face by police. Hong Kong, 21 August 2019. (Photo by Nicole Tung/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Amazon Deforestation. Soybean farmers have burned forestland to expand their acreage. Near Porto Velho, state of Rondônia. (Photo by Victor Moriyama for the New York Times/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


The Last Mohana People. Women cautiously cook on an open fire on a boat. If the vessel were destroyed, the family would have to live on shore. A new boat costs about 1m rupees (£4,500). (Photo by Sarah Caron for Le Figaro Magazine/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


The Pandemic. A woman in a mask walks past a mural of a hand on the side of a building in New York. The photo was taken on 22 April, during the citywide coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Timothy A Clary/AFP Photo/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Digital Nomads: The Laptop Immigrants. Jeje, a digital nomad, working alone in Dojo Bali, a co-working space in Canggu (Bali, Indonesia). She used to be a flight attendant but left to try a career as a digital nomad. At first, co-working spaces are great, but as you start to belong to a community and make friends, you are distracted and less productive. Now, I prefer to work in a cafe, alone. (Photo by Jérôme Gence/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Sacrifice. The South African-owned Sasol chemical plant. In Italy certain emissions have not been regulated such as non-methane hydrocarbons, hydrogen sulfide, and volatile organic compounds. (Photo by Elena Chernyshova/Panos Pictures/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Sugar Girls. Recipient of the French culture ministry production grant for female photojournalists. These two teenage girls, Kasari and Bodkha, will be travelling south to help their mother work on a sugar plantation. Four years ago, she had a hysterectomy and is in such poor health that her daughters have left school to help her. Beed district, Maharashtra, India. (Photo by Chloe Sharrock/Le Pictorium/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


On the Outside. Every Monday Rahmouna goes to the food bank run by the Restos du Cœur charity. It is her only option as she has no family support, no social benefits and no bank account. Carcassonne, France, November 2019.Winner of the 2019 Pierre & Alexandra Boulat award. (Photo by Axelle de Russé/Hans Lucas/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


Congo in Conversation. Mourners attend the burial of an 11-month-old girl who died in the town of Rutshuru, North Kivu province, during the Ebola outbreak in February 2020. (Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


As Long as the Sun Shines. Aftermath of the 2016 wildfire in the suburb of Timberlea, Fort McMurray. (Photo by Ian Willms/Panos Pictures/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)


The Oromo Route. Winner of the 2020 Camille Lepage award supported by la Saif. A photo taken in Galafi, on the border between Ethiopia and Djibouti, one of the hottest regions in the world. Hundreds of Oromo refugees fleeing Ethiopia cross the mountains to reach Djibouti. (Photo by Olivier Jobard/MYOP/International Festival of Photojournalism 2020)

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