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World Press Photo Contest 2021 finalists

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.

Henry Lenayasa, chief of the settlement of Archers Post, in Samburu County, Kenya, tries to scare away a massive swarm of locusts ravaging grazing area, on 24 April. Locust swarms devastated large areas of land, just as the coronavirus outbreak had begun to disrupt livelihoods. Photo: Luis Tato, Spain, for The Washington Post.


Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 August. Photo: Mads Nissen, Denmark, Politiken/Panos Pictures.


An injured man stands near the site of a massive explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, while firefighters work to put out the fires that engulfed the warehouses after the explosion, on 4 August. Photo: Lorenzo Tugnoli, Italy, Contrasto for The Washington Post.


Ignat, a transgender man, sits with his girlfriend Maria in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 23 April 2020. Photo: Oleg Ponomarev, Russia.
Anais (26) argues for the removal of the Emancipation Memorial with a man (right) who wishes to keep it, in Lincoln Park, Washington DC, USA, on 25 June. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein, United States, for The Washington Post.


Azat Gevorkyan and his wife Anaik are pictured before leaving their home in Lachin, on 28 November. Many Armenians left areas that were to return to Azerbaijani control following the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. The Lachin district was the final district (out of three) given up by Armenia on 29 November. Photo: Valery Melnikov, Russia, Sputnik.

Adam Pretty – Sports Singles nominee

Georg climbs a log pile while training for bouldering, in Kochel am See, Bavaria, Germany, on 15 September. Photo: Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images.

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