Polish photographer wins prize in World Press Photo competition

Fifteen-year-old Armenian girl, Anna, who has recently woken from a catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents. World Press Photo 2020/ Tomek Kaczor

Polish photographer Tomek Kaczor won first prize in the Portrait of the Year category of the 2020 World Press Photo competition for his photo 'Awakening,' it was announced on Thursday.

Kaczor's photograph was also among those images nominated for Photo of the Year, however, he was awarded first place in the Portrait of the Year category (single photo).

His black-and-white photo portrays Ewa, a 15-year-old Armenian girl who was recently woken from a catatonic state brought on by Resignation Syndrome, and sits in a wheelchair, flanked by her parents, in a refugee reception center in Podkowa Lesna, outside Warsaw.

The World Press Photo Contest has been recognising professional photographers for the best pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism since 1955. The winners were selected from photos submitted by over 4,000 photographers from 125 countries.

Read more about Tomek Kaczor and his photographs here.