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2019 World Press Photo Contest Winners

John Moore's image of a crying girl on a border has been crowned the World Press Photo of the Year 2019.

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Crying Girl on the Border John Moore, United States, Getty Images

'Crying Girl on the Border' © John Moore, United States, Getty Images


The results of the 62nd annual World Press Photo Contest and the 9th annual World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest have been announced with John Moore's image titled 'Crying Girl on the Border' taking the top accolade.

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. Nevertheless, public outcry over the controversial practice resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy on 20 June. 

"I think that this image touched many people’s hearts as it did mine because it humanized a larger story," says John Moore. 

John Moore is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. He has photographed in 65 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for 17 years. Since returning to the U.S. in 2008 he has focused on immigration and border issues. 


The Migrant Caravan

'The Migrant Caravan' © Pieter Ten Hoopen, Agence Vu/Civilian Act


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 and the jury chose 'The Migrant Caravan' by Pieter Ten Hoopen (Netherlands/Sweden), as 'World Press Photo Story of the Year'.

As well as the 'World Press Photo Story of the Year' award, the competition also introduced awards for 'World Press Photo Interactive of the Year' and 'World Press Photo Online Video of the Year'.

The independent jury of the 2019 Digital Storytelling Contest selected 'The Last Generation', by FRONTLINE/The GroundTruth Project, as 'World Press Photo Interactive of the Year' and the 'Legacy of the ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy: Traumatized Children With No Access to Treatment', by Univision News Digital, was selected as 'World Press Photo Online Video of the Year'. 

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