Exhibition promoted by Roma Capitale – Assessorato alla Crescita culturale; devised by World Press Photo Foundation, and organised by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo – Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in conjunction with 10b Photography.
Since 1955 the World Press Photo Contest has recognized professional photographers for the best pictures - presented as singles or in stories - contributing to the past year of visual journalism.
This year, the contest saw 4,738 photographers from 129 countries enter 78,801 images.
An independent jury comprising leading photography professionals, with an equal number of men and women, lead by Whitney C. Johnson, vice president Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, selected the winning pictures and the stories that matter.
The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in that year.
The winning image Crying Girl on the Border by John Moore 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.
The new award for the World Press Photo Story of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills produced a story with excellent editing and sequencing that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in 2018.
The winning series The Migrant Caravan by Pieter Ten Hoopen documents the largest migrant caravan in recent memory, with as many as 7000 travelers, including at least 2300 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.
"Today the World Press Photo Foundation presents the best pictures and productions contributing to the past year of visual journalism, and with them, the stories that matter. As the need for images and stories we can trust has never been greater, we are proud to recognize these visual journalists and digital storytellers, and look forward to sharing their work with the world in our World Press Photo Exhibition 2019." Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation