World Press Photo 2020 Nominees

Three Spanish photographers are among the nominees for the World Press Photo 2020 awards! They are the Ricard García Vilanova and Ramon Espinosa from Barcelona, ​​and Antonio Pizarro Rodríguez from Seville.

We congratulate them effusively from the Photographic Social Vision Foundation, thanks to which Barcelona will once again be one of the first cities in the world to host the exhibition of the winning works of the World Press Photo 2020, from November 13 to December 20 at the CCCB – Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, ​​with the support of the Banc Sabadell Foundation. In the following link, all the information about the exhibition in Barcelona will be updated.

The World Press Photo Foundation announced today, February 25, all the nominees of 2020 both in the photo contest (where the three Spanish authors participate) and in the Digital Narrative contest. Below, we list the most prominent categories, including the 6 images nominated for World Press Photo of the Year. The winners of the World Press 2020 will be known on April 16.

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The Spanish nominees

“Dorian’s Devastation” – © Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

Volunteers wade along a flooded road in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on 3 September, after Hurricane Dorian hit the island.


“The King of Doñana” © Antonio Pizarro Rodriguez / Diario De Sevilla

Two Iberian lynx take fright after hearing shots from a hunter’s gun, near Aznalcázar, Spain, on 3 January.

“Unconscious Protester during the Tishreen Revolution” © Ricard Garcia Vilanova

A man assists a fellow protester, who became unconscious after government forces fired tear gas and smoke grenades during a protest in Baghdad, Iraq, on 15 November.

The Barcelona photojournalist Ricard García Vilanova is one of the authors nominated in the General News category with a photograph about the popular demonstrations in Iraq known as the Tishreen Revolution, which began in late 2019.

Specialized in conflict zones and humanitarian crises, and with more than 20 years of career, García Vilanova won, together with journalist Karlos Zururuza, the First Photographic Social Vision Scholarship for Research Photojournalism in 2016 with the Exodus project. Life and death on the Libyan route to Europe.

His photographs have been published in prestigious media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Liberation, The Guardian, The Times, Die Welt or Der Spiegel, among others, he has collaborated with organizations such as the United Nations , and as a reporter he has worked with CNN, BBC or Aljazeera, among others.

Also from Barcelona, Ramon Espinosa, from the Associated Press agency, has been nominated in the Spot News – Singles category for a photograph about the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.

Sevillian photojournalist Antonio Pizarro Rodríguez has been nominated in the Nature – Singles category for a photograph published in the Diario de Sevilla about the Iberian lynx, the most threatened feline on the planet, in the Doñana National Park.

World Press Photo of the Year nominees

Within the Photography Contest, the category that usually gets most of the media attention is the World Press Photo of the Year. The 2020 edition nominees are:

  • Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press

“Relative Mourns Flight ET 302 Crash Victim”

A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.

  • Farouk Batiche, Algeria, Deutsche Presse-Agentur

“Clash with the Police During Anti-Government Demonstration”

Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.

  • Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse

“Straight Voice”

A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.

  • Tomasz Kaczor, Poland, for Gazeta Wyborcza


A 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland.

  • Ivor Prickett, Irland, for The New York Times

“Injured Kurdish Fighter Receives Hospital Visit”

Ahmed Ibrahim (18), a badly burned SDF fighter, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, Syria, on 20 October. She had at first been reluctant to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse persuaded her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation.

  • Nikita Teryoshin, Russia

“Nothing Personal – the Back Office of War”

A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 18 February.

Other featured categories

Also as part of the Photography Contest, stands out the World Press Photo Story of the Year, with the following nominees

  • Nicolas Asfouri, Denmark, Agence France-Presse
    Title: Hong Kong Unrest
  • Mulugeta Ayene, Ethiopia, Associated Press
    Title: Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash Site
  • Romain Laurendeau, France
    Title: Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt

And at the Digital Storytelling Contest, we select on the one hand the candidates to the World Press Photo Interactive of the Year:

  • Battleground PolyU, DJ Clark/China Daily
  • Common Ground, Darren Emerson/East City Films
  • River of Forgiveness, Helios Design Labs

And also the nominees to World Press Photo Online Video of the Year:

  • ‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters, The New York Times
  • A Different Kind of Force – Policing Mental Illness, Ed Ou/Kitra Cahana
  • Scenes From a Dry City, Francois Verster/Simon Wood/Field of Vision