A independent international jury made up of photographers, graphic editors, representatives of press agencies, etc. (13 members in total) choose the winning photos at the beginning of the year from all those submitted the previous year. They are distributed in different categories, such as Environment, Nature, Sports, Contemporary Affairs, etc.
The World Press Photo of the Year has gone to the Japanese photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba by Agence France-Presse con “Straight Voice”. The photograph was taken during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan in June 2019 and shows a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, reciting protest poetry in an impromptu way as protesters chant slogans calling for civil government.
Among the winners in this edition there are also 3 Spanish photographers: the Barcelonans Ricard Garcia Vilanova Y Ramon Espinosa, and the Sevillian Antonio Pizarro Rodriguez.
The intention of the World Press Photo Foundation is that the contest involves a look as plural as possible to current events.