“I think that this image touched many people’s hearts as it did mine because it humanized a larger story. “ – John Moore, World Press Photo of the Year winner.
The World Press Photo of the Year has been selected with the exhibition set to open June 29 in Auckland.
The jury of the 2019 Photo Contest has selected John Moore (United States)’s image Crying Girl on the Border as the World Press Photo of the Year.
The winning image shows Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA, on 12 June 2018. After this picture was published worldwide, US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that Yanela and her mother had not been among the thousands who had been separated by US officials as per a policy designed to deter illegal immigration.
Nevertheless, public outcry over the controversial practice resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy on 20 June.
THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO STORY OF THE YEAR
To put the spotlight on the stories that matter, this year the World Press Photo Foundation introduced the ‘World Press Photo Story of the Year’ award. The jury chose The Migrant Caravan by Pieter Ten Hoopen (Netherlands/Sweden), as World Press Photo Story of the Year.
The winning series documents the largest migrant caravan in recent memory, with as many as 7,000 travelers, including at least 2,300 children, according to UN agencies.
The caravan, assembled through a grassroots social media campaign, left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on 12 October, and as word spread drew people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. Learn more about the series here.
The World Press Photo Foundation announced the results of the 62nd annual World Press Photo Contest and the 9th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest, at its annual Awards Show in Amsterdam, on 11 April.
The exhibition comes to Auckland, New Zealand 29 June-28 July 2019.