Australian photographer, Adam Pretty, who works for Getty Images, has taken out the first prize in the Sports Singles category at this year’s World Press Photo Awards.
Log Pile Bouldering © Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images. Georg climbs a log pile while training for bouldering, in Kochel am See, Bavaria, Germany, on 15 September 2020.
Bouldering entails climbing on small rock formations and boulders of usually no more than six meters in height, without ropes or harnesses. Historically, it began as a training activity for more ambitious climbing and mountaineering pursuits, but has evolved into a sport in its own right. Rock-climbing gyms and sports facilities in Munich were closed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so athletes had become creative in their training methods.
Rosa Luzia Lunardi (85) is embraced by nurse, Adriana Silva da Costa Souza, at Viva Bem care home, São Paulo, Brazil, on 5 August. © Mads Nissen
The overall winner of the World Press Photographer of the Year Award was Mads Nissen, Denmark, who works for Politiken/Panos Pictures. His winning image, shown above, shows the first hug Rosa had received in five months. In March, care homes across the country had closed their doors to all visitors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing millions of Brazilians from visiting their elderly relatives. Carers were ordered to keep physical contact with the vulnerable to an absolute minimum. At Viva Bem, a simple invention, ‘The Hug Curtain’, allowed people to hug each other once again. The new coronavirus had first appeared in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019, and by January 2020 had begun to spread around the world. On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The disease—transmitted mainly via close contact, respiratory droplets, and aerosols—could be fatal, and people over the age of 70 were one of the groups considered most vulnerable to the disease. Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, dismissed claims about the severity of the pandemic and the danger posed by the virus, undermined quarantine measures adopted at state level, and encouraged Brazilians to continue working to keep the economy afloat. Brazil ended 2020 with one of the worst records globally in dealing with the virus, with some 7.7 million reported cases and 195,000 deaths.
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