First Place

Ulet Ifansasti

Volunteers from the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Sleman burial team bury the body of a woman who died from COVID-19 during a funeral service at a cemetery on August 12, 2021 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia has recorded over 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, as the country continues to struggle with a huge wave of infections driven by the delta variant. Burial teams are working round the clock in many parts of the country, not only assisting with burying the dead, but also educating the public on best practices when dealing with those who have lost their lives to the disease.
Ulet Ifansasti is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer, with interest in social, environmental and cultural issues. He is born in Papua and currently base in Yogyakarta-Indonesia. Ulet joined international photo agency Getty Images in 2008 and has been a regular contributor and stringer since. As a freelance photographer Ulet covers a variety of assignments for editorial and commercial clients and remains committed to exploring personal projects. In 2014 and 2015 he was selected as one of photographer of the year by The Guardian. His works have been published in many leading publications including Save The Children, GREENPEACE, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), National Geographic, GEO Magazine, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, STERN, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, USA Today, LIFE, National Geographic Traveler, etc. AWARDS 2019 . 3rd Place Istanbul Photo Awards, News Story Category 2019 . Getty Images APAC News Photographer of The Year 2019 . 3rd Place Indonesian Photojournalist Award, Nature and Environment Category 2019 . 2nd Place Indonesian Photojournalist Award, General News photo story Category 2015 . Nominated Photographer of The Year by The Guardian 2014 . Nominated Photographer of The Year by The Guardian 2014 . 1st Place China International Press Photo Contest, Nature Category 2013 . 2nd Place Indonesian Photojournalist Award, Nature and Environment Category 2011 . 2nd Place Indonesian Photojournal.

[ COVID-19 ] A single photograph, candid and un-staged, that reflects the news or human experience of the impact of COVID-19. The image must be documentary and may be related to news, sports, daily life or lifestyle. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2021.

Judges for COVID-19
Anush Babajanyan
Liang-Pin Tsao
Nyimas Laula
Samuel He
Jean Chung