The most important photojournalism exhibition in the world arrives at the Franz Mayer Museum, where the winning images of the contest that is organized annually by the foundation of the same name, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, are shown. World Press Photo 2022 opens its doors to the public celebrating the 36th anniversary of the museum, which has hosted the exhibition for more than two decades and whose presence in Mexico contributes to reflection on contemporary history, the themes salient items on the global agenda and freedom of the press. 

Drawing from a diversity of perspectives from every corner of the world, the regional winners of the World Press Photo 2022 present courageous stories, invaluable reflections and a wealth of interpretations dealing with such important issues as the effects of the climate crisis, life after COVID-19 pandemic, discrimination, war and violence in different regions of the world, among other topics. 

In the 2022 edition, and in order to generate a greater geographical and global balance of perspectives, the World Press Photo Foundation launched a new contest strategy, now working with six regions worldwide: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Central America. , South America and Southeast Asia and Oceania. The works were selected depending on the region in which the photographs were taken, rather than based on the nationality of the photographer. 64,823 photographs and open format works were presented, made by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries. For each region, a selection of images was made in categories (individuals, stories, long-term projects and open format) through a regional jury.

The winners of the World Press Photo 2022 are 24 photographers from 23 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Netherlands , Norway, Palestine, Russia, Sudan and Thailand), including the Mexican Yael Martínez, who with the series Flower of time: the red mountain of Guerrero was the winner in the “Open Format” category for the North and Central America region. 

The sample is made up of 122 images grouped into "Regional Winners" and "Global Winners" in the categories Photography of the Year, Graphic Report of the Year, Long-Term Project Award and Open Format Award. The representative of World Press Photo, Martha Echevarría, curator and exhibition manager of World Press Photo in Amsterdam, worked with the museum team for the assembly and selection and will give the talk "Representation in visual journalism" on July 15 at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Franz Mayer Museum. 

photography of the year

The global jury selected photography as the winning image of this edition. Escuela residencial de Kamloops by Canadian photojournalist Amber Bracken for The New York Times. The image shows red dresses hanging from crosses along a road to pay tribute to the children who died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, an institution formed to force cultural assimilation on Indian children in British Columbia.

graphic report of the year

This award was given to the series Save the forests with fire by Australian photographer Matthew Abbott for National Geographic/ Panos Pictures. This series of images portrays indigenous Australians strategically burning land in a practice known as 'cold burning', in which the fire moves slowly, so only the brush is burned, removing the build-up of fuel that fuels the higher flames. large. The Nawarddeken people of the West Arnhem region of Australia have practiced controlled cold burning for tens of thousands of years and see fire as a tool to manage their 13,900 km2 territory.

Long Term Project Award

Brazilian photographer Lalo de Almeida was the winner of this category with the series amazonian dystopia para Folha de São Paulo/ Panos Pictures where the threats under which the Amazon jungle lives are shown. Deforestation, mining, infrastructure development and the exploitation of natural resources are accelerating especially in the wake of President Jair Bolsonaro's regressive environmental policies. Since 2019, the devastation of the Brazilian Amazon has reached its fastest pace in a decade. 

Open Format Award

La sangre es una semilla by the Ecuadorian photographer Isadora Romero was the winning project of this award. In it, the disappearance of seeds, forced migration, colonization and the subsequent loss of ancestral knowledge are questioned. The video is made up of digital and analog photographs, some of which were taken on expired 35mm film, which Isadora's father later drew on. 

The World Press Photo 2022 exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive program of conferences, round tables with photography experts, workshops and courses, special visits outside regular museum hours, workshops for the family on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and the theoretical-practical course "Visual report: narrate with images" with Mtra. Rocio Ortiz. 

Until October 2

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