News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID

News Photo Awards

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


Shortlist announcement

The organizers of the News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID photo contest set up by TASS Russian News Agency have published the works included in the shortlist as the result of the voting by the jury members on the photo contest’s website. It is precisely those photos that will compete for the Grand Prize. The shortlist includes 16 pictures from the Single Photo category and 12 pictures from the Photo Series category.

15 Feb 2021
My passion for photography helped me overcome the disease

Photographer Sergei Metelitsa, who was infected with COVID-19, reported directly from his hospital room 

11 Feb 2021

Organizer: TASS News Agency

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