Two weeks ago, the jury of the World Press Photo Awards announced the winners of their competition, divided into different regions.

Now the winners of the global competition follow from these entries.

The model of the regional subdivision takes place in this format for the first time at the renowned photo competition.

Ben Kuhlman

picture editor.

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Amber Bracken - Kamloops Residential School

Amber Bracken has already won photo of the year for North and Central America in the regional competitions.

Her picture shows red dresses hung on crosses.

They commemorate the children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School.

In the 19th century, colonists and missionaries in America took students and children from their families, sometimes by force.

The aim was to give the young people a Western-style identity.

This should be done in schools like Kamloops Indian Residential School, one of the largest in this entire system.

Up to 150,000 students were disciplined so often under physical and psychological violence.

In May 2021, 215 graves were found around the school using special soil sensors.

This find now confirms oral traditions of abuse.


Matthew Abbott - Saving Forests with Fire

Indigenous people in Australia use so-called "cool burning" to protect the surfaces of very dry land from larger fires in the long term.

The Nawarddeks of Arnhem Land, Australia have used this method to protect their 1.39 million hectares of land for thousands of years.

They use their traditional knowledge and modern technology and also help to save CO2.

Photographer Matthew Abbott accompanied the work for National Geographic


Lalo de Almeida - Amazonian Dystopia

The Amazon is threatened.

Deforestation, illegal mines, exploitation of resources and infrastructure projects are accelerating under Jair Bolsonaro's policies in Brazil.

Since 2019, the destruction of the rainforest has been progressing faster than ever.

The forest not only has great biodiversity, it is also a habitat for over 350 indigenous tribes.

The development has a massive impact on their habitat and their whole lives.


Isadora Romero - Blood is a Seed

Blood is a Seed


La Sangre Es Una Semilla

) deals with the disappearance of seeds, colonization and the steady loss of ancestral knowledge.

The work consists of multimedia digital and analog images, some of which consist of expired 35mm film and were subsequently painted by Isadora Romero's father.

Isadora Romero tours her ancestors' village Une in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

A journey into forgotten memories.

Here she learns a lot about her grandparents, who in their time were seed guardians and grew all kinds of potatoes.