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2023 World Press Photo Contest global winners


Introducing this year’s global winners – the World Press Photo of the Year, Story of the Year, Long-Term Project Award, and Open Format Award – highlighting the climate crisis, community, war’s impact on civilians, and the importance of press photography around the world.

The four global winners – Evgeniy Maloletka, Mads Nissen, Anush Babajanyan and Mohamed Mahdy – selected from the 24 regional winners, were chosen from more than 60,000 entries by the independent global jury.


Photo of the Year
Mariupol Maternity Hospital Airstrike
Evgeniy Maloletka, Ukraine, Associated Press

Iryna Kalinina (32), an injured pregnant woman, is carried from a maternity hospital that was damaged during a Russian airstrike in Mariupol, Ukraine, on 9 March 2022.


Story of the Year
The Price of Peace in Afghanistan
Mads Nissen, Denmark, Politiken/Panos Pictures

Nine haunting but beautiful photos capturing the daily life of people living under Taliban rule across Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US and allied forces.


Long-Term Project Award
Battered Waters
Anush Babajanyan, Armenia, VII Photo/National Geographic Society

Documenting four landlocked Central Asian countries that are struggling with the climate crisis and lack of coordination over the water supplies they share.


Open Format Award
Here, The Doors Don’t Know Me
Mohamed Mahdy, Egypt

A web-based project exploring the effects of rising seas on the local community in Al Max, a fishing village situated along the Mahmoudiyah canal in Alexandria, Egypt.

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