Amsterdam, Mar 10 (efe-epa).- The World Press Photo Foundation on Wednesday unveiled the nominations for Best Photo at this year’s competition, with images captured during the last year by six photojournalists on themes ranging from the fight against a desert locust invasion, the explosion in the port of Beirut, the pandemic’s “first embrace” and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The main category of World Press Photo of the Year has nominated the photograph “Lincoln Emancipation Memorial Debate”, by American photojournalist Evelyn Hockstein; along with “Leaving home in Nagorno-Karabakh”, by Russian photographer Valery Melnikov (Sputnik), and “The first embrace”, by Danish photographer Mads Nissen.
Also nominated are “The Transition: Ignat” by Russian Oleg Ponomarev, “Fighting the Locust Invasion in East Africa” by Spanish photojournalist Luis Tato, and the image of “a man injured after the explosion in the port of Beirut” by Italian Lorenzo Tugnoli.
The competition also awards narrative stories with the World Press Photo Story of the Year, for which three stories have been nominated: “Those who stay will be champions”, by Canadian Chris Donovan; “Paradise lost”, by Melnikov, and the chronicle “Habibi”, by Italian documentary photographer Antonio Faccilongo.
The competition consists of several categories, with a total of 45 photographers from 28 countries nominated.
The ceremony to announce the winners will take place on April 15 and will be held digitally for the second year in a row due to pandemic restrictions, which prohibit the usual reception and award ceremony with the nominees in Amsterdam.
“In an unprecedented year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and social justice protests around the globe, the 2021 Photo Contest nominees share a diversity of interpretations and perspectives to these and other urgent issues such as the climate crisis, transgender people’s rights, and territorial conflicts,” the foundation said in a statement.
Due to Covid restrictions, the various juries are unable to travel to Amsterdam, with the evaluation of the nominees in the competition being conducted entirely digitally. EFE-EPA