World Press Photo Announces Finalists for 2018 Awards

Posted by on Wednesday February 14, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Aisha, 14, "Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived." © Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

Aisha, 14, "Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived." © Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

World Press Photo this morning announced six finalists for the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced April 12 at a ceremony in Amsterdam.

World Press also announced three finalists in each of its eight photo categories, and three finalists in each of its four Digital Storytelling categories. This is the first time World Press has announced nominees for its prizes in advance.

There are six nominees for World Press Photo of the Year. One photographer shot two of the nominated photos:
Patrick Brown of Australia for an image of the Rohingya crisis, photographed for UNICEF.

Adam Ferguson of Australia for his portrait of a 14-year-old girl from the series, “Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived,” shot for The New York Times.

Toby Melville of the UK, for a photo from “Immediate Aftermath of an Attack in the Heart of London,” shot for Reuters.

Ivor Prickett of Ireland, for “The Battle for Mosul—Lined Up for an Aid Distribution,” shot for The New York Times.

Ivor Prickett for “The Battle for Mosul—Young Boy Is Cared for by Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers,” also for The New York Times.

Ronaldo Schemidt of Venezuela, for a photo of a protester in Venezuela, photographed for Agence France-Presse.

After a packet of information and photos by all the nominees were sent to press, World Press Photo sent an announcement that one image in Toby Melville’s series, nominated in the Spot News-Stories category, had been killed by Reuters in May, and should not be published. No explanation was given for why the image was pulled.

All the nominees for 2018 Photo of the Year honors are men. Last year, World Press released a State of the Industry Report based on a survey of working photojournalists around the world; only 15 percent of respondents were women.

Nominees in other categories include Ryan M. Kelly of The Daily Progress for his photo of the car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, nominated in the Spot News-Singles category, and David Becker’s coverage of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in the Spot News-Stories category. Anna Boyiazis of the US and Tatiana Vinogradova of Russia are nominated in the category People-Stories. Ami Vitale of the US is a nominee in the Nature-Stories category and Corey Arnold and Michael Patrick O’Neill, both of the US, are nominated in Nature-Singles. Richard Tsong-Taatari of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis is nominated in General News-Singles.

The four categories of the Digital Storytelling Contest are Immersive Storytelling, Innovative Storytelling, Long Form and Short Form. The New York Times received four nominations; The Washington Post, TIME, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the National Film Board of Canada each received one nomination.

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