The winners of the World Press Photo photojournalism competition have been announced.

A Danish photographer won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year 2021 on Thursday, for an image of an elderly lady hugging a nurse protected from Covid-19 by plastic in Brazil, a symbol of "hope" in the eyes of the jury.

The shot of Mads Nissen, winner of the main award in the World Press Photo photojournalism competition, immortalizes the first embrace in five months of an 85-year-old resident in a Sao Paulo nursing home in August 2020. Long isolated because of the coronavirus pandemic, she was finally able to hug a nurse with a plastic device.

"For me, it's a story of hope and love in the most difficult times," says its author Mads Nissen, photographer for the Danish daily Politiken.

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