World Press Photo announces stunning Regional contest winners from across the globe

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© Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News

World Press Photo always presents us with thought-provoking and emotional images after announcing its annual contest results. But while we wait for April and the overall winners, there’s another treat for all fans of documentary photography and photojournalism.

The regional winners for the 65th World Press Photo Contest have been announced, and they cover four different categories: Singles, Stories, Long-Term Projects, and Open Format. This means dozens of striking images, and you can see them all below.

Each year, The World Press Photo Contest receives tens of thousands of submissions from every corner of the world. This year, the winners were chosen out of 64,823 photos and open format entries, including 4,066 photographers from 130 countries. The 2022 World Press Photo Contest works with six worldwide regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania.

“It is exhilarating to see the way in which the new regional contest set up is producing the changes that we were hoping for,” said Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation. “Changes that we believe will offer different perspectives on, and a deeper connection to, photojournalism and documentary photography from all over the world.”

Global winners of the World Press Photo Contest will be announced in April. But the regional winners deserve just as much attention, so take a look at their photos below and make sure to visit the contest’s website for more information.

North and Central America

Singles – Kamloops Residential School

© Amber Bracken, Canada, for The New York Times

Stories – The People Who Feed the United States

Long-Term Projects – Political Year Zero

Open Format – The Flower of Time. Guerrero’s Red Mountain

South America

SinglesSan Isidro Settlement Eviction

© Vladimir Encina, Colombia

Stories – The Promise

Long-Term ProjectsAmazonian Dystopia

Open Format – Blood is a Seed


SinglesEvia Island Wildfire

© Konstantinos Tsakalidis, Greece, for Bloomberg News

Stories As Frozen Land Burns

Long-Term ProjectsUkraine Crisis

Open FormatThe Book of Veles


Singles – Sudan Protests

© Faiz Abubakr Mohamed, Sudan

Stories – Afraid to go to School

Long-Term Projects – The Zebu War

Open Format – The Longing of the Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken


SinglesPalestinian Children in Gaza

© Fatima Shbair, Palestine, Getty Images

StoriesThe Cinema of Kabul

Long-Term Projects Boundaries: Human-Tiger Conflict

Open Format Blue Affair

Southeast Asia and Oceania

Singles – Slingshots

Anonymous, for The New York Times

Stories – Saving Forests with Fire

Long-Term Projects – Haze

Open Format – The Will to Remember 

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