27 February 2020

The 2020 World Press Photo Contest Finalists

27 February 2020 - Written by PhMuseum

The dutch foundation has announced the judges' selection for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Among them, Nikita Teryoshin, the PHmuseum 2019 Photography Grant first prize recipient.

An independent jury of 17 internationally recognised photography experts has selected 44 photographers among the 4,000 applicants and 74,000 images received for the 63th edition of the renewed award.

They will compete for the prizes in the eight categories of the 2020 Photo Contest - Contemporary Issues, General News, Environment, Nature, Long-Term Projects, Portraits, Spot News and Sports - and for the World Press Photo of the Year, the image that will iconically remember us of 2019 visual production. Among them Russian photographer Nikita Teryoshin who was awarded the first prize of the PHmuseum 2019 Photography Grant. He will compete for the World Press Photo of the Year and Contemporary Issues Singles with a picture from Nothing personal - The Back Office Of War.

Pete Muller - photographer, multimedia producer and member of the 2020 Photo Contest general jury - commented on Nikita's image: “This is a photograph that was taken at an international arms showcase event. (...) In my mind I sort of imagine him in this halls of power, going in and out of these meetings, presenting these devices to people who will buy and sell and ultimately deploy them, but most of them will never actually understand how devastating it is to be in the receiving end of a weapon like that.” Tanvi Mishra, India, photo editor, curator, creative director, The Caravan, and 2020 Photo Contest General jury member said instead “It almost has a slightly glossy, advertising nature to it, and that’s where you wonder ‘does it follow within photojournalism? Does it not?’ But I think because it challenges that notion, that pulled us into it.” -

The winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and the Digital Storytelling Contest will be announced in Amsterdam on April 16. Below you can find the six nominees for the World Press Photo Of The Year. To see all the nominated work visit

© Nikita Teryoshin - A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 18 February.

© Mulugeta Ayene - A relative of a victim of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 throws dirt in her face as she grieves at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 14 March 2019.

© Yasuyoshi Chiba - A young man, illuminated by mobile phones, recites a poem while protestors chant slogans calling for civilian rule, during a blackout in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19 June.

© Farouk Batiche - Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria, on 21 May.

© Ivor Prickett - Ahmed Ibrahim (18), a badly burned SDF fighter, is visited by his girlfriend at a hospital in Al-Hasakah, Syria, on 20 October. She had at first been reluctant to enter the room, as she was horrified by his injuries, but a nurse persuaded her to go in to hold Ahmed’s hand and have a short conversation.

© Tomek Kaczor - Ewa, 15-year-old Armenian girl who has recently woken from catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Leśna, Poland.

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