PUBLISHED: APRIL 22, 2021

World Press Photo winning shots pack emotional punch

Over 4,300

NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 130 COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES WHO TOOK PART IN THE 64TH WORLD PRESS PHOTO CONTEST

From hugs to rescues, the winning pictures pack an emotional punch. Here are some of them.




World Press Photo of the Year

The First Embrace by photographer Mads Nissen shows the first hug an 85-year-old in Brazil got in 5 months. Care homes closed their doors because of the Covid-19 crisis.

“This extremely powerful image shows us how you can cure loneliness.”

JURY MEMBER ON THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR

1st prize for Environment - Singles

California Sea Lion Plays With Mask by photographer Ralph Pace highlights the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the environment.

129 billion

NUMBER OF DISPOSABLE MASKS BEING USED EACH MONTH IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, AS ESTIMATED IN A BBC REPORT

1st prize for Sports - Singles

Log Pile Bouldering by photographer Adam Pretty shows a man training for bouldering in Germany. As sports facilities in Munich were closed because of the pandemic, athletes became creative in their training methods.

1st prize for Nature - Singles

Rescue Of Giraffes From Flooding Island by photographer Ami Vitale shows a giraffe being transported to safety in a custom-built barge in Kenya.

The giraffes had to be tranquilised, which is a dangerous procedure as they are at risk of choking on their own saliva, and changes in blood pressure can cause brain damage. The photographer captured the drama and danger.

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SOURCE: ST REPORT, WORLDPRESSPHOTO.ORG AND WORLDPRESSPHOTO/INSTAGRAM; PHOTOS BY MADS NISSEN/WORLD PRESS PHOTO, RALPH PACE/WORLD PRESS PHOTO, ADAM PRETTY/WORLD PRESS PHOTO AND AMI VITALE/WORLD PRESS PHOTO; VIDEO BY WORLDPRESSPHOTO/INSTAGRAM

PRODUCED BY: DENISE CHONG

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