For over six decades, the World Press Photo Foundation has changed the narrative of visual story-telling on an international scale.
Their annual contests bring the highest quality of photojournalism to a global audience, exposing the most raw realities of our ever-changing landscape.
Their 2020 Photo Contest winners present stark images that effectively connect the world to stories that matter.
During a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites protest poetry.
Fellow demonstrators chant slogans that call for civilian rule, representing the pro-democracy struggle in the country that lasted for eight months in 2019.
On August 17th, 2019, the movement was successful in signing a power-sharing agreement with the military.
At the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day.
One of the biggest arms trade-fairs in the world, defense ministers, military chiefs of staff and key government decision-makers attend this event on behalf of various Middle Eastern countries.
On the first day police used live ammunition against demonstrators in Hong Kong, a woman holds up an umbrella as a symbol of protest.
This day, October 1st, represented the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the People’s Republic of China and was marked by movements against government proposals to amend existing legislation and allow extradition to mainland China.
In Algiers, Algeria, Ultra fans sing during a football match in the 5 July 1962 Stadium.
Football stadiums have become places where the Algerian youth can protest through song after the government banned street demonstrations in 2001.
For many young men in Algeria, football is a means of escape from the trials of poor living conditions in the country.
Before going fishing with a colleague in Murchison Bay, Uganda, a fisherman - who works illegally on Lake Victoria - refloats the boat that he keeps hidden all day.
Fishing on Lake Victoria economically supports more than 3 million people across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Yet, the 60,000 square kilometer lake is threatened by waste-water and agricultural pollution, land clearance around the banks, and industrial exploitation, jeopardizing the livelihoods of more than 30 million people who depend on its natural resources.
During the most extensive civil unrest in Chile’s recent history, women in Santiago perform the protest song ‘Un Violador en tu Camino’ (A Rapist in your Path), that came to be used across South America after going viral.
Chilean women used demonstrations against economic inequality to draw attention to human-rights and sexual offences against female protestors by security forces.
At 86 years old, Ryuichi Nagayama (center) is Fuwaku Rugby Club’s oldest active player. He is pictured here practicing before a match in Kumagaya, Japan.
Founded in 1948, Tokyo’s Fuwaku Rugby Club is one of around 150 Japanese clubs that host competitive, full-contact matches for players over the age of 40.
Japan’s enthusiasm for this sport was heightened as the country held the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with match attendance breaking previous World Cup records.
Drag artist and activist, Belinda Quqamba Ka-Fassie, poses at a shisanyama - a community space where women cook and sell meat - in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, South Africa.
Collaborating to decolonize drag culture and find a particularly African expression of drag, Belinda, the photographer, and other black, queer, gender non-conforming and transgender people worked on a project to combat community-wide discrimination surrounding this topic.
On the outskirts of Guangzhou, China, a man reaches for a pangolin that is about to be prepared for a meal.
Pangolins, scaly-skinned mammals that are sometimes mistaken for reptiles, range through Asia and parts of Africa.
With at least one million estimated to have been poached in the last ten years, pangolins are currently the most illegally traded animals in the world.
At a temporary evacuation center in Bega, New South Wales, Australia, Abigail Ferris (in mask) plays with her friends.
After being evacuated from a nearby camping spot on New Year’s Eve, Abigail and her family were one of the thousands of families impacted by the devastating bushfires that the region suffered this season.
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