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Ukrainian documentary photographer Yulia Kochetova receives Global World Press Photo Award

 


The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the winners of its most prestigious annual photojournalism awards. The award-winning photographs range from devastating conflicts and political upheaval to the climate crisis and the safe passage of migrants.


Ukrainian photographer Yulia Kochetova won the Global World Press Photo Award in the Open Format category. She presented her photo project War is personal about the Russian-Ukrainian war.


"No award can win a war. But I have been given a clear feeling that I am one of those who hold our flag. I will do it as long as I can. Honor to the fallen, glory to the living heroes. I am grateful to those who protected me and continue to defend my right to life," Yulia commented on her victory.


World Press Photo images document the most pressing issues facing humanity today. This year's competition features 24 winners, six honorable mentions and two special jury awards, all selected by an independent jury from 61,062 entries from 3,851 photographers in 130 countries.



"These final selections are a tapestry of our world today, focusing on images that we believe have been created with respect and honesty, that can speak universally and resonate far beyond their origins. This is an opportunity to celebrate the work of photojournalists and documentary photographers around the world - done with courage, intelligence and ingenuity - and to highlight the importance of the stories they tell, often in unlikely circumstances," commented Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian, Chair of the 2024 Global Jury.


Earlier, Yulia Kochetova was awarded among the regional winners. Her photo project War is personal won the Open Format category in Europe.


Every year, World Press Photo, the world's largest photojournalism and documentary photography competition, selects the best works that reflect the main events and important moments published in the world press last year. The winning images draw attention to the most pressing issues in the world.


In 2023, the World Press Photo competition was won by a photo essay by Ukrainian photographer, UAPF member Yevhen Malolietka. One of his works shows a pregnant woman being carried out of a maternity hospital by Ukrainian soldiers after a bombing. His shots of the destroyed maternity hospital became one of the symbols of Russian aggression against Ukraine.


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