This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – it’s awards season and the winners of World Press Photo and the Sony World Photography Awards are… Plus the 2021 Women Photograph Grants are open for entries. There are five $5,000 Project Grants and one Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarship of $10,000. Applications close at 11:59pm ET on May 15.
World Press Photo 2021
World Press Photo of the Year – Mads Nissen takes out the top prize for The First Embrace which captures Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) being embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 August 2020. This picture also won first prize in the General News Singles category .
World Press Photo Story of the Year – Antonio Faccilongo is the winner for his series Habibi, which also won the 2020 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. In Arabic, habibi means “I love you.” This body of work is, at its heart, a love story set in one of the longest and most complicated contemporary conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian war. Palestinian prisoners’ wives have turned to smuggling sperm in order to conceive children with their husbands who are serving long-term sentences in Israeli jails.
If you can find all the winners at World Press Photo.
Sony World Photography Awards 2021
UK documentary photographer Craig Easton has been awarded the top prize of Photographer of the Year for his series Bank Top. Easton receives $USD25,000 plus a selection of Sony’s digital imaging gear.
Bank Top challenges media representation of Blackburn, a town in the UK which has been portrayed as ‘the most segregated in Britain’. Working with locals, Easton sought to change the narrative through a series of black & white portraits and accompanying texts.
On winning the award Easton says, “I am delighted to have this work recognised by the Sony World Photography Awards. I photograph to learn, to try to understand and to document and share stories. It is a privilege to be able to do so and to challenge perceptions and stereotypes – something that is especially important to me. To have these stories from underrepresented or misrepresented communities in northern England where I live recognised and shared worldwide is wonderful. Thank you.”