Two fathers lie in a bed with no shirts on with their small child in between them
Winner of Press Photo of the Year 2021: Nicolai, Storm, Martin - and a surrogate mother in Columbia

Photo: Sigrid Nygaard

Danish Press Photo of The Year 2021

Reality and its people emerge through dramatic, funny and memorable moments from last year captured by the best Danish press photographers.

The country's best press photographs and photographers are honoured every year in the Press Photo of the Year competition, and once again Royal Danish Library will have an exhibition of this year's best shots.

2021 was a somewhat introspective year for Danish photo journalism and thus reflects the year as many of us experienced it. COVID restrictions both at home and abroad did their part to clamp down on travel and the full freedom to report as Danish photographers were used to. However, this does not show in the quality of the images and visual stories. But the choice of subjects and especially the winner of the Press Photo of the Year itself, which also won in the 'Everyday' category, perhaps points a little more inwards and shows a reflection on eternal subjects such as life, death, love and existence. The judges described this year's winning photo by Sigrid Nygaard as photo journalism at its finest, and said:

"It is not conspicuous in its form but says much in its uncommon ordinariness, and therefore it is both expected and surprising at the same time. For it is private and intimate, but also debate-generating and telling of its time, and then it is filled with the love that flows in a circle through the touches."

Among this year's winners

Press photo of the year:
Sigrid Nygaard, Dagbladet Information

Press photographer of the year:
Jacob Ehrbahn, Politiken

All winners and their photo series in all competition categories, including Sports Photo of the Year, News Photo of the Year, Danish Everyday Photo of the Year and others, can be seen in the exhibition.

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