Shortlist announcement

15 Feb 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.

The short list displays works of photographers from various media outlets such as Reuters, Associated Press, Xinhua, EFE, Anadolu, SWNS, The Times of India, TASS, Rossiya Segodnya (Sputnik), Világgazdaság, LenTV24 and 

Grigory Dukor, Head of the Photo and Video Department at the TASS Russian News Agency and chairman of the competition jury, noted that he and his colleagues were strongly impressed by the submitted works. “We got acquainted with a very large number of photos. Despite being brought together for a single topic, they all significantly differ in emotional and spiritual terms. All of them evoke deep reflections about the value of human life, and about the real peril that humanity is facing. At the same time, in many of the works, the authors sought to highlight hope, unity, and solidarity among people during these difficult times of the pandemic. The objective of documentary photojournalism is to present the story as it is, without any photoshopping or embellishments,” he emphasized.

Approximately 4,000 works by photojournalists from more than 80 countries were sent to the News Photo Awards. Overcoming COVID contest organized by TASS Russian News Agency. China, India, Malaysia, Iran, Russia, Italy, Turkey, and the US rank as the leading contenders as far as the number of submitted works goes.

The names of the winners will be revealed on March 11, 2021: the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic by the World Health Organization. The Grand Prize winner will receive a monetary award of $10,000, while the winners of the Single Photo and Photo Series categories will get $3,000 each.


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