News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID

Grand prize winner


Brais Lorenzo Couto, Efe Agency, Spain
Staff at the San Carlos de Celanova residence (Ourense) celebrate the birthday of Elena Pérez, 98, during the state of emergency in Spain.

Overcoming COVID in 2020 has become a challenge for billions of people all across the globe regardless of their occupation or social status. The pandemic has affected all areas of our lives, becoming a series of trials and tribulations for many professionals, including photographers.

Far behind hospital front lines and on deserted city streets, photojournalists have been striving to capture the most vital moments of the global fight against coronavirus. Their work is as essential as that of other professionals, who have to battle a pandemic of this magnitude. Thanks to their images, they have frozen in time how our lives have dramatically changed over a short period.

Not only does this contest seek to preserve such a unique moment in world history, but it is devoted to those who witnessed these unparalleled, poignant, and at times heartbreaking episodes impacting people’s lives.

Winners will be announced on March 11, 2021 - the anniversary of the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Grand Prize: $10 000
Free entry
Main prizes:
Single photo category - $3,000
Photo series category - $3,000


Period to submit entries
4 October - 23 December, 2020
Professional jury’s assessments
24 December - 11 February, 2021
Winners to be announced
10 March, 2021

Organizer: TASS News Agency

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