The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2021 Photo Contest, with Australian photographer, Adam Pretty, in the running for the Sports Singles category.
The six nominees for the top prize, World Press Photo of the Year, cover a range of major news events. And it’s not all Covid! In fact, there is only one pandemic image. Other pictures cover the Black Lives Matter protests, Armenian displacement, gender identity issues in Russia, the Beirut port explosion, and a devastating Kenyan locust swarm.
‘The nominated images, stories, and productions we introduce today present different perspectives of one of the most important years in recent history, marked by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social rights movements around the world,’ said Joumana El Zein Khoury, executive director of the World Press Photo Foundation. ‘Amongst the nominees are remarkable stories of hope, resilience, and social change.’
In total there are 45 photographers nominated for the eight contest categories from 28 countries, including the one Australian. Adam Pretty, a Getty Images photographer, captured a photo of a man ‘bouldering’, rock climbing on small formations without ropes or harnesses, on a log pile.
This year the World Press Photo Contest received almost 74,000 images from 4315 photographers, a very slight increase on last year’s figures.
The winners will be announced on April 15. Here are the six nominees, along with Pretty’s photo. View all finalist photos here.