World Press Photo Contest 2022 winners – in pictures

World Press Photo Contest 2022 Winners – In Pictures World Press Photo Contest 2022 Winners – In Pictures
One of the winning entries in the World Press Photo Contest 2022 – Evia Island Wildfire, Greece. Photo: Konstantinos Tsakalidis for Bloomberg News
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Tomas Doherty

One of the world's major photojournalism prizes has announced the winners of its 2022 competition.

Now in its 65th year, the World Press Photo Contest recognises the best photojournalism and documentary photography across six global regions.

This year, the winners were chosen out of 64,823 photographs and open format entries, by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.

Here are some of the global and regional winners from the 2022 contest.

World Press Photo of the Year – Kamloops Residential School

Red dresses hang on crosses along a roadside in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on June 19th, 2021. The dresses commemorate the children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, an institution created to assimilate indigenous children, following the detection of as many as 215 unmarked graves. Photo: Amber Bracken for The New York Times

World Press Photo Story of the Year – Saving Forests with Fire

Nawarddeken elder Conrad Maralngurra burns grass to protect the Mamadawerre community from late-season ‘wildfires’, in Mamadawerre, Arnhem Land, Australia, on May 3rd, 2021. The late-evening fire will die out naturally once the temperature drops and moisture levels rise. Photo: Matthew Abbott for National Geographic/Panos Pictures

Regional winners – Africa

A protester throws back a tear-gas canister that had been fired by security forces, during a march demanding an end to military rule, in Khartoum, Sudan, on December 30th, 2021. Photo: Faiz Abubakr Mohamed

Aminah Labaran (not her real name) cries at home, in Jangebe, Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria, on February 27th, 2021, the day after her two daughters were abducted. Gunmen, apparently from a bandit group, snatched 279 girls from dormitories in the middle of the night, at the Government Girls Secondary School in the village. Photo: Kola Sulaimon/AFP

A boy walks through mist near the village of Chenna Teklehaymanot, 95km northeast of the city of Gondar, in Amhara, Ethiopia, on September 14th, 2021. A government-imposed communications blackout made verification of events extremely difficult. According to Ethiopian officials, pro-Tigray fighters killed 120-200 civilians in the village between August 31st and September 4th. The Associated Press found many unburied corpses at the scene, some in military clothing. Human Rights Watch collected the names of 74 civilians who allegedly died in the village in that time period. Tigrayan officials denied the killings on Twitter. Photo: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP


Palestinian children gather with candles during a fragile ceasefire in Beit Lahia, Gaza, Palestine, on May 25th, 2021, after a protest by children in the neighbourhood against attacks on Gaza. Photo: Fatima Shbair/Getty Images

Gul Mohammed, who works as an usher in the Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan, poses for a photograph on November 4th, 2021, nearly three months after the Taliban closed the cinema. Photo: Bram Janssen/AP Photo

A man inspecting a house where suspected Kashmiri militants had taken refuge, is seen through a hole created by a mortar shell fired by government forces during a gunfight, in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, on July 16th, 2021. Officials said two suspected militants were killed in the gunfight. Photo: Dar Yasin/AP Photo


Panayiota Kritsiopi cries out as a wildfire approaches her house in the village of Gouves, on the island of Evia, Greece, on August 8th, 2021. Photo: Konstantinos Tsakalidis for Bloomberg News

Local firefighting volunteers take a break for food in Magaras, central Sakha, Siberia, Russia, on July 1st, 2021. Photo: Nanna Heitmann/Magnum Photos

North and Central America

José sits in his room with his sister Sara, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, on September 6th, 2020. Jose worked in a meatpacking plant until contracting Covid-19 in April 2020. He was in the hospital on a ventilator for five months, and still uses an oxygen cylinder. Sara also worked at the factory, but left to become a house cleaner. She took care of her brother during his illness. Photo: Ismail Ferdous/Agence VU

Pro-vaccination activists wearing beaked masks, similar to those worn by 17th-century doctors during the plague, seek to draw the attention of spectators around Capitol Hill to promote the message that refusing to be vaccinated will prolong the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 25th, 2021. Photo: Louie Palo

Aysha-Samon Stokes' son Wyatt jumps on her as her midwife Kimberly Durdin begins to check her baby, at the Kindred Space LA, a birthing centre Durdin opened during the Covid-19 pandemic with another midwife in South Los Angeles, USA, on April 9th, 2021. Photo: Sarah Reingewirtz for Los Angeles Daily News and Southern California News Group

South America

Police agents arrest a man while his wife and family resist, during evictions of people from the San Isidro settlement, in Puerto Caldas, Risaralda, Colombia, on March 6th, 2021. Photo: Vladimir Encina

Antonella studies via Zoom, using her mother’s mobile phone, in her room at home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 13th, 2021. Her parents are keen that she keeps up-to-date with her education, and, along with other parents, organise group studies and virtual get-togethers via WhatsApp. Photo: Irina Werning/Pulitzer Centre

Members of the National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE) protest in front of the Prosecutor's Office in Bogotá, Colombia. The protest was organised in response to an increase in the number of murders and disappearances of social leaders and human rights activists, as well as of former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) combatants demobilized after the 2016 peace agreement with the Colombian government. Hundreds of former Farc combatants had been killed since the agreement, and the United Nations Office for Human Rights in Colombia had also received information about the assassination of 120 human rights defenders. Photo: Viviana Peretti

Southeast Asia and Oceania

Protesters use slingshots and other homemade weapons in a clash with security forces in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Anonymous for The New York Times

Stacey Lee (11, left) sets the bark of trees alight to produce a natural light source to help hunt for file snakes (Acrochordus arafurae), in Djulkar, Arnhem Land, Australia, on July 22nd, 2021. Photo: Matthew Abbott for National Geographic/Panos Pictures

Thousands of pro-democracy pro​testers demand the release of all politi​cal leaders as police block t​he road during an anti-coup p​rotest in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 9th, 2021. The peaceful demonstration took place despite a heightened security presence and a ban on rallies of more than five people, as well as an 8pm to 4am curfew. Photo: Ta Mwe/Sacca Photo

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