The Winners of This Year’s World Press Photo Contest Are In


Swedish heptathlon athlete Nadja Casadei was diagnosed with cancer in the Fall of 2013. She was captured here by photographer Peter Holgersson during the last leg of her chemotherapy. Holgersson’s entry won first prize in the sports feature category.

For the past 57 years, the World Press Photo contest has awarded the best in photojournalism, simultaneously shedding light on countless stories around the world that would have otherwise gone untold.

This year’s winners in nine categories, including contemporary issues, sports and daily life, were selected from over 98,000 submitted images and announced on February 14.

The prize-winning photographs will be presented in a traveling exhibition in 45 different countries, kicking off in Amsterdam on April 18.

Here are some of our favorites. You can see more here.

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This five-year-old bonobo was captured by Christian Ziegler near the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This entry won him the third prize in the nature category.


Taken by Brent Stirton, this photo of five blind albino boys at the Vivekananda Mission School for the blind in West Bengal, India won first prize in staged portraits.

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Photographer Emiliano Lasalvia took this photo of Pablo Mac Donough of Dolfina as he fell from his horse during the Argentine Polo Open in Buenos Aires. It won first prize in sports action.

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This cougar was shot by Steve Winter, walking across a trail in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The photo was captured by a camera trap and was the first prize winner in the nature category.


This was the winner of the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award. Here, African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city raised their phones into the night sky attempting to capture a signal from neighboring Somalia and contact family members they’d left behind.




Category: Photography