Slideshow: 2021 World Press Photo Contest winners

Today, category winners of the 2021 World Press Photo of the Year competition were announced. 45 photographers from 28 countries were selected by an independent jury including representatives from National Geographic and Reuters. World Press Photo seeks to highlight the best visual journalism from the following categories: Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports and Spot News.

‘For the past 66 years, we have been supporting, celebrating and putting the spotlight on the important stories and those who make them…We’re looking forward to sharing these stories with our community of over four million people in our Exhibition 2021, the yearbook, and on our online channels. It is by seeing one story that we can start to feel another person’s reality. That is what the power of visual storytelling means to us,’ said Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation.

You can browse the entire library of prize-winning images on the World Press Photo contest page.