Mads Nissen wins World Press Photo

85-year-old Rosa Luzia Lunardi is embraced by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza. The first hug she receives in five months. In March, care homes across the country closed their doors to all visitors, preventing millions of concerned Brazilians from visiting their elderly relatives, while the caretakers were ordered to limit all physical contact with the vulnerable to an absolute minimum. But at Viva Bem, an old age home outside Sao Paulo, a simple new invention ‘The Hug Curtain' has once again allowed people to see and hug each other without risking their lives. And for those who do not have visitors, volunteers and staff are ready to step in – because, as they say at Viva Bem : "Everyone deserves a good hug". Photo: Mads Nissen/ Politiken/ Panos Pictures

The Danish photographer Mads Nissen is the man behind the photograph selected as World Press Photo of the Year in 2021. It is the second time in his career that he achieves this.

The winning photo shows 85-year-old Rosa Luzia Lunardi from Sao Paolo getting her first hug in five months. This is done through a corona safe curtain.

Mads Nissen also won the main prize in 2015.

In September Mads Nissen is one of the tutors at NJC’s masterclass ‘The High North’, where the brightest young talents are invited to a unique, free-of-charge, workshop on life in the high north – The Barents region covering Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland.


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