The image of an elderly woman kissed by a healthcare worker in Brazil during the coronavirus pandemic has won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award.
Judges on Thursday described Mads Nissen’s photograph as an “iconic COVID-19 image” that commemorates “the most extraordinary moment of our lives, everywhere.”
“I read vulnerability, loved ones, loss and separation, disappearance, but most importantly, survival – all in one graphic image,” said Kevin Wy Lee, photographer, creative director and member of the jury of the 2021 photo competition about the winning photo, entitled The first embrace. “If you look at the picture long enough, you will see wings: a symbol of flight and hope.”
The World Press Photo Foundation Awards recognized photographers for the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism, covering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Black Lives Matter protests after George’s death Floyd in the United States. .
Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation, said 2020 has been a “difficult year” for journalism, adding that the awards honor “visual storytellers who put their lives on the line for bringing us important stories. on our world ”.
We take a look at a selection of famous images from this year: