World Press Photo in Berlin

The Friends of the Willy Brandt House are presenting the World Press Photo Exhibition 2022 for the 19th time. The photographs of the nominees and winners can be seen from May 20 to June 12 at the Willy Brandt House. The World Press Photo Contest annually honors the best photojournalists and documentary photographers. This year, 64,823 entries were submitted by 4,066 photographers from 130 countries.

The contest has been honoring the images of professional photographers since 1955. The World Press Photo Foundation is supported by its strategic partners, the Dutch Postcode Lottery and PwC. In 2022, a new regional strategy was introduced to create a geographical balance among the winning images. Starting this year, entries will be divided into six regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia and Oceania. In each region, there are four format-based categories: Single Image, Stories, Long-Term Project and Open Format.
In addition to the global jury, six regional juries are now involved, and so this year 31 highly qualified jury members from around the world helped select the winning images. In each region, a selection of entries was first made by the regional jury. Then, the global jury - consisting of the six regional jury chairs and the global jury chair - decided on the 24 regional winners and selected the four global winners.
This year's winner of the World Press Photo of the Year is Amber Bracken from Canada. The red dresses in her image, hung from crosses along a roadside, commemorate children who have died. They died at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia - an institution created to "assimilate" indigenous children. On June 19, 2021, 215 unmarked graves were discovered there. The regional winners hail from 23 different countries and present courageous stories from all corners of the globe.

Photo: © Amber Bracken, for The New York Times