Only one week remains until the filing deadline for the TASS-led News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID expires. Professional photojournalists can submit their works until December 24 inclusive. At this point, photographers from 80 countries have already sent in their snapshots for the competition. Once the acceptance of the applications ends, the competition’s jury will start selecting and evaluating the submitted photos.
“The fight against the pandemic is occurring all over the world. It has impacted all continents. This fact is supported by the wide geographical coverage of the works of the contest’s participants. Journalists from China and India, the United States and Mexico, Italy and Germany, Argentina and Jamaica, Egypt and Kenya, Australia, and, obviously, Russia have already sent their photos to us. Moreover, we anticipate that the final week will be the most prolific as far as receiving new photos goes. According to our forecasts, the application filing process will reach its peak, especially concerning the collective applications from the media,” said Sergei Mikhaylov, TASS Director General.
Recently, one more professional has joined the contest’s panel of judges: that individual is Lan Hongguang, a senior reporter and vice director of the Photo News Department at Xinhua News Agency, who also serves as vice president of the Chinese Society of News Photography. Lan has worked as a photojournalist at Xinhua for 35 years and is a three-time winner of the China News Awards. Currently, he is in charge of the Photo News Department's sports news and new media reports.
Apart from Lan Hongguang, the contest’s jury is comprised of other renowned photojournalists from leading international media outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, Kyodo News, TASS, ANSA, PA Media, NOOR, Yonhap, and Anadolu Agency.
Joining the contest is free of charge. The names of the winners will be announced on March 11, 2021 – the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic by the World Health Organization.