World Press Photo Announces 2018 Awards Nominees

by Photo Life

© Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the nominees in each category of the Photo Contest and the Digital Storytelling Contest, and Canadian Kevin Frayer is among them! Frayer is nominated in the category General News (Stories) for his series, commissioned by Getty Images, documenting the “clearance operations” against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar conducted by the Burmese army in 2017.

© Kevin Frayer / Getty Images (Nominee News—Stories)

© Kevin Frayer / Getty Images (Nominee News—Stories)

The six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year are:

Rohingya Crisis
Patrick Brown, Australia, Panos Pictures, for Unicef

Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. – Aisha, age 14.
Adam Ferguson*, Australia, for The New York Times

Witnessing the Immediate Aftermath of an Attack in the Heart of London
Toby Melville, UK, Reuters

The Battle for Mosul – Lined Up for an Aid Distribution
Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times

The Battle for Mosul – Young Boy Is Cared for by Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers
Ivor Prickett, Ireland, for The New York Times

Venezuela Crisis
Ronaldo Schemidt, Venezuela, Agence France-Presse

World Press Photo Foundation Managing Director Lars Boering said, “The best visual journalism is not of something; it is about something. It should matter to the people to whom it speaks. Today the World Press Photo Foundation continues to play the role it began with in 1955 because the juries in our contests nominate the best photographers and producers. The great work in this 2018 edition of our contests helps us fulfill our purpose: connecting the world to the stories that matter.”

Nominees fgor the eight categories of awards include 42 photographers from 22 countries. Fifteen of them—including Kevin Frayer—have won previous World Press Photo awards, and 27 are nominated for the first time. The winners to be revealed at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on April 12.

© Adam Ferguson / The New York Times (Nominee World Press Photo of the Year) // Aisha, age 14, stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria on Sept. 21, 2017. Aisha was kidnapped by Boko Haram then assigned a suicide bombing mission. After she was strapped with explosives, she found help instead of blowing herself and others up.

*If you’d like to learn more about Adam Ferguson, one of the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year, check out Sam Edmonds’ thought-provoking article “Objectivity or Objectification: Photography’s Struggle With Truth,” which was in our December/Janury 2017 issue. Subscribers have free access to past issues in the Photo Life digital archives.

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