Typical. You wait ages for a photo award and then two come along at once. This year's World Press Photo winner is John Moore, with his photo 'crying girl on the border' which is an allusion to restrictive immigration policies, especially on the US-Mexican border.
For this year's Sony World Photography Awards, we have plenty of winners tackling humanitarian issues. First award went to 'Five Degrees' by Federico Borella, He found a very clever way to visualize the personal impact of climate change through the perspective of male suicide in a farming community in Southern India, which is facing its worst drought in 140 years. Second prize, 'Henkō' by Massimo Giovannini, tackles gender issues through a series of portraits in which lighting and make up are used to cast doubts on gender boundaries. In the third place came a familiar face, 'Palestinian Right of Return Protests' by Mustafa Hassona who was already mentioned in this newsletter.
Hope all this inspires you... time to take the dust off your camera and hit the streets to promote human rights!