On Friday, April 12, the World Press Photo Foundation rewarded the pictures and photo essays of the year. From the horror the migrants are enduring on their journey from South America to the United States, all the way to the Dakar Fashion week, the Irish fight for abortion or the local initiatives to protect the wilderness in Zimbabwe, the awarded photographs are drawing the portrait of the world we live in.
"Crying Girl on the Border", World Press Photo of the Year award. A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched near the US-Mexico border on June 12 (© John Moore/Getty Images)
The prestigious Photo of the Year award was given to special correspondent John Moore for the picture he took at child’s level of a little girl crying at the border between Mexico and the United States while her mom was being searched by the American patrol. The price rewards his ten-years-long work project on the immigration crisis which takes place there.
"It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for this image by the World Press Photo Foundation," said Moore. "My goal since I began photographing immigration and border security issues a decade ago has been to illuminate a story that is often told through statistics. I’m very proud to see that this work is having an impact on a global audience".
The picture was already known worldwide since the Time had used the silhouette of the girl facing Donald Trump on one of its covers. The chilling caption 'Welcome to America' was condemning the contemptible policy led by the American president.
Since 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation rewards the pictures which made the year and support photojournalism worldwide. Every year, the ceremony puts the biggest issues some are refusing to see in the spotlights.
"The Migrant Caravan", 2019 Photo Contest, World Press Photo Story of the Year, Stories. A girl picks flowers during the day’s walk from Tapanatepec to Niltepec, a distance of 50 km. (© Pieter Ten Hoopen, Agence Vu/Civilian Act)
"Yemen Crisis", 2019 Photo Contest, World Press Photo Story of the Year Nominee, Stories.
A woman begs outside a grocery store in Azzan, a pivotal southern crossroads town that had seesawed back and forth between government and insurgent forces in Yemen. (© Lorenzo Tugnoli, Contrasto pour le Washington Post)
"Akashinga – the Brave Ones", 2019 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year Nominee.
Petronella Chigumbura (30), a member of an all-female anti-poaching unit called Akashinga, participates in stealth and concealment training in the Phundundu Wildlife Park, Zimbabwe. (© Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
"Blessed Be the Fruit: Ireland's Struggle to Overturn Anti-Abortion Laws". Contemporary Issues, 1st Prize, World Press Photo. Abortion law reform campaigner Megan Scott, dressed as St Brigid, Ireland’s female patron, poses for a photograph on Dublin’s main shopping street, 21 April 2018. (© Olivia Harris)
"The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi", World Press Photo of the Year ‘Contemporary Issues’ category, World Press Photo. An unidentified man tries to hold back the press as Saudi investigators arrive at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, amid a growing international backlash to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (© Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
"Harvesting Frogs’ Legs", 2019 Photo Contest, Nature, Singles, 1st Prize
Frogs with their legs severed and surrounded by frogspawn struggle to the surface, after being thrown back into the water in Covasna, Eastern Carpathians, Romania, in April 2018. (© Bence Máté)
"Land of Ibeji", 2019 Photo Contest, Portraits, Stories, 1st Prize, World Press Photo.
Kehinde Quadrat and Taiwo Badrat (17) stand side-by-side, as if shadows of each other, in Igbo-Ora, Nigeria. (© Bénédicte Kurzen, Noor et Sanne de Wild)
"Dakar Fashion", 2019 Photo Contest, Portraits, Singles, 1st Prize. Diarra Ndiaye, Ndeye Fatou Mbaye and Mariza Sakho model outfits by designer Adama Paris, in the Medina neighborhood of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, as curious residents look on. (© Finbarr O’Reilly)
"Boxing in Katanga", 2019 Photo Contest, Sports, Singles, 1st Prize. Boxer Moreen Ajambo (30) trains at the Rhino boxing club in Katanga, a large slum settlement in Kampala, Uganda, on 24 March. (© John T. Pedersen)