Canon Dominates World Press Photo 2019

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Canon Dominates World Press Photo 2019

World Press Photo has just announced the winning pictures for the 2019 edition of the most prestigious photojournalism contest in the world. Next to the top photos, camera metadata shared again gives us an inside look at what gear the top photojournalists in the world are currently using.


The Spanish photography website Photolari collected all the data and released a breakdown of this year’s brands, systems, cameras, and sensor formats.

While Nikon took Canon’s crown surprisingly in 2018, with a 52% figure among winning pictures compared to Canon’s 30%, Nikon’s leading time didn’t last long. Canon hit this year and was behind 46.4 percent of the photos won, compared with Nikon’s 36.8 percent.

While Sony has made tremendous strides in the camera market over the past year -it became #1 in full-frame cameras in the U.S. last year- its use by World Press Photo photojournalists has not changed. It was confirmed that only one finalist photographer used a Sony camera (the a7R II) for their work.

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DSLRs still dominate the photojournalism landscape: 71.1% of the top photographs were shot with them, while mirrorless only accounted for 4.4% of the photographs available for data.

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With regard to individual cameras, the top five tools of choice were Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D5, Canon 1DX Mark II, and Nikon D850.

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And in the sensor size area, the full-frame is still, understandably, the most preferred format.

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