Africa: Sudanese Photographer World Press Photo 2022 Regional Winner for Africa

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 24, 2022

Amsterdam — Sudanese photographer Faiz Abubakr Mohamed has been named the winner in the “singles” category for Africa at the regional stage of the prestigious 2022 World Press Photo Competition. Mohamed’s winning photo shows a protester throwing a canister of tear gas on riot police during pro-democracy protests in 2021.

The World Press Photo competition, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, recognizes and celebrates the best photojournalism and documentary photography from the previous year. This year, the winners were chosen from 64,823 photographs and open format entries, by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.

Previously, an image by Japanese Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba of a young man, illuminated by cellphones, reciting protest poetry as demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule during of a power outage in Khartoum on June 19, 2019, has been nominated as World Press Photo of the Year 2020.

World Press Photo of the Year 2020: Straight Voice – A young man, illuminated by cellphones, recites protest poetry as protesters

chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a power outage in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 19, 2019 (Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, AFP)

The 65th competition followed a new regional strategy, independent specialist regional and global juries decided on the 2022 regional winners, for each of the four categories; Singles, stories, long term projects and open format.

Reflecting on this year’s competition, Joumana El Zein Khoury, Executive Director of the World Press Photo Foundation, said: “It is exhilarating to see how the newly established regional competition has produced the changes we were hoping for. Changes we believe will provide different perspectives and a deeper connection to photojournalism and documentary photography around the world.”

Each regional winner of the competition receives a monetary prize of €1,000, inclusion in the annual world exhibition, inclusion in the annual yearbook, publication and a personal profile on the World Press Photo site, promotion on World Press Photo platforms, an invitation to the Winners Program and a physical prize.

Judging for the 2022 World Press Photo competition took place from January 17 to March 2, 2022. It involved regional juries and a global jury, meeting online and offline, the latter courtesy of our partner hotel De Europe in Amsterdam the Netherlands.

The regional juries first made a selection of entries by category in their regions, after which the global jury decided on the regional winners, and from these, the global winners.

Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi, Chair of the Global Jury, said, “The new competition model took us out of our comfort zone to think outside the box. Each member of the jury brought their expertise on relevant issues from their respective regions, and we drew on this knowledge. as a team. The resulting selection of winners reflects the state of the world from a deeper and more nuanced perspective.

The global winners of the 2022 competition will be announced on April 7. The 2022 World Press Photo Exhibition will premiere at De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on April 15 before beginning its world tour. Upcoming exhibitions are confirmed and added to the calendar throughout the year. The 2021 exhibition was presented in 66 locations in 29 countries.

Global press photo directory 2022

The newly revamped World Press Photo Yearbook 2022 features the competition’s award-winning images, stories and productions. The Yearbook contains in-depth essays and a jury report for context and reflection. The book will be published in six languages ​​and will be available from the beginning of May.

Winners Program

To celebrate the award-winning stories and the winners, the World Press Photo Foundation will organize a winners’ program in Amsterdam this year. In addition to the award ceremony, the program will include networking and press events, presentations, lectures and a visit to the flagship exhibition World Press Photo Exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk.