The Sozzani Foundation presents for the 25th consecutive year the World Press Photo , one of the most prestigious photojournalism awards. The competition is open to photographers from all over the world who, in the year preceding the award ceremony (2018), with creativity and competence, photographed an event or developed a project of strong journalistic relevance. Since its founding in 1955, the World Press Photo has contributed to the history of the best visual journalism in the world. The awards are divided into eight distinct categories into "single shots" and "stories". The categories are: Contemporary Issues, Environment (Environment), General News (General News), Long-Term Projects, Nature (Nature), Portraits (Portraits), Sport, Spot News. The winners were announced in Amsterdam on Thursday 11 April 2019. The prestigious World Press Photo of the Year 2019 award was awarded to photographer John Moore (United States), in the "Spot News" category for the photo of the Honduran girl crying at her feet of the mother stopped by the border police between Mexico and the United States. Among the six finalists candidates were photographers: Mohammed Badra (Syria), nominated in the "Spot News" category with an image depicting the Syrian civil war in Ghouta; the Italian Marco Gualazzini in the "Environment" category on the water crisis in Lake Chad; Catalina Martin-Chico (France / Spain) in the “Contemporary Issues” category, a former FARC fighter pregnant after the breakup of the group; Chris McGrath (Australia), in the "General News" category holding the press after Khashoggi's murder in Istanbul; and Brent Stirton (South Africa), in the "Environment" category with a photo of a woman from the anti-poaching unit in Phundundu Natural Park in Zimbabwe. For the 62nd edition of the photo contest, the World Press Photo Foundation has introduced a major new award: the World Press Photo Story of the Year. Together with the Photo of the Year, this new award evaluates the choice of images that make up a story and their sequence. It was won by photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen (Netherlands / Sweden), finalist in the "Spot News" category for a shot on the migrant caravan headed from Central America to the United States. Finalist candidates were the two Italians Marco Gualazzini, finalist in the "Environment" category with a report on the humanitarian crisis in the Chad basin and Lorenzo Tugnoli, in the "General News" category with a report commissioned by the Washington Post on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This year, the contest saw the participation of 4,783 photographers from 129 different countries who submitted a total of 78,801 images. An independent jury made up of industry experts and chaired by Whitney C. Johnson, vice president of the Visual and Immersive Experience section at National Geographic, selected 43 candidates from 25 different countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. Among them are 14 women (32%), which is a significant increase compared to the 2018 Photo Contest, which had 12% female candidates.