2020 selection

Among a collection of photographs carefully chosen by the AFP (Agence France-Presse), young people vote for the picture that, in their opinion, comes closest to representing our world today. This activity takes place at school, or in their youth organization at the beginning of the school year (September). Thanks to an online platform, secondary school students and young people who participate in the activities of youth organizations from all over the world can now vote online, giving this project a true perspective!

AFP 1 | Yasuyoshi CHIBA

June 19, 2019 – Khartoum, Sudan
People chant slogans as a young man recites a poem, illuminated by mobile phones. Sudan's army ruler called on protest leaders to resume talks on the transfer of power without any conditions, as tension between the two sides remain high after the bloody dispersal of a sit-in demonstration that occurred in early June.


May 31, 2019 – Rancagua, Chile
Aerial view of a tailings dam -embankment used to store byproducts of mining operations, in this case of the extraction of copper, of the Minera Valle Central mining company. From the sky, the glistening emerald ponds of northern Chile are almost beautiful, but closer to the ground they harbor an ugly and dangerous secret: the reservoirs, filled with toxic waste from the country's mining industry, are ticking time bombs.

AFP 3 | Pedro PARDO

January 24, 2020 – Ayahualtempan, Guerrero State, Mexico
A boy looks on holding a gun whilst the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC-PF) teaches a group of children how to use weapons, at a basketball court. The CRAC-PF vigilante group trains children as young as five so they can protect themselves from drug-related criminal groups operating in the area.

AFP 4 | Lluis GENE

June 22, 2020 – Barcelona, Spain
The Uceli Quartet performs for some 2,300 plants during a concert created by Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, that will be later streamed to mark the reopening of the Liceu Grand Theatre following a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The plants will be offered to health workers afterwards.


June 27, 2020 – Ariha, Syria
This long-exposure photograph taken at dawn shows a man smoking in front of a group of buildings destroyed previously by bombardments in Syria's rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, as the Milky Way galaxy is seen above in the sky.


March 22, 2020 – Giussano, Italy
Don Giuseppe Corbari, parson of the Church of Robbiano, holds Sunday mass as he looks towards selfie photographs sent in by his congregation members and glued to the empty pews. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered all non-essential companies and factories to close nationwide to stem a coronavirus pandemic.

AFP 7 | Philip FONG

February 6, 2020 – Hong Kong, China
A Hong Kong shopper wearing a protective facemask sorts items in her trolley as she stands next to bare supermarket shelves, usually stocked with toilet paper and kitchen rolls. Panic buyers have descended on supermarkets to snap up toilet paper after false online claims of shortages, prompting authorities to appeal for calm as the city's seven million residents fret about a deadly coronavirus outbreak.


October 24, 2019 – Geyserville, California, USA
A photographer takes pictures amidst a shower of embers as the wind and flames rip through the area during the Kincade fire.

AFP 9 | Nelson ALMEIDA

June 13, 2020 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Suzane Valverde (L) hugs her 85-year-old mother Carmelita Valverde, through a transparent plastic curtain at a senior nursing home, amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


June 13, 2020 – London, United Kingdom
A man is lifted up and taken to police lines after being beaten in clashes between people supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-protestors in central London, after an unarmed black man George Floyd was killed in police custody in the US.

AFP 11 | Nicolas ASFOURI

October 1, 2019 – Hong Kong, China
A woman holds up an umbrella and a license plate reading 'love', during violent protests between riot police and demonstrators in the Causeway Bay district. Hong Kong marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. A protester was wounded by gunshot for the first time in the former British colony.

AFP 12 | Fabrice COFFRINI

July 9, 2020 – Zurich, Switzerland
Switzerland's Riccarda Dietsche (R) and Ajla Del Ponte compete in the women's 3x100m relay in front of cardboard cutouts depicting fake spectators during the Inspiration Games exhibition event which was held remotely across different countries, at the Letzigrund Stadion. Switzerland hosts the event but athletes compete across the globe in a live streaming, due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

AFP 13 | Christina ASSI

March 23, 2020 – Nicosia, Cyprus
A woman takes part in an online pilates class at home as her dog Elvis stretches next to her. Restrictions on movement and social distancing were imposed across Cyprus to contain the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.


October 21, 2019 – Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil
A boy walks out of the sea while removing oil spilled on Itapuama beach. Huge patches of oil staining more than 130 beaches in northeastern Brazil began appearing in early September and have now covered a 2,000km stretch of the Atlantic coastline.


February 27, 2019 – Plevenon, France
A man surfs by night using a powerful waterproof head torch at the Cap Frehel beach in Plevenon, Brittany.


October 15, 2019 – Tal Tamr, Syria
Syrian families fleeing the battle zone between Turkey-led forces and Kurdish fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in and around the northern flashpoint town of Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey. They are joined by Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians in the city of Tal Tamr on the outskirts of Hasakeh.

AFP 17 | Timothy A. CLARY

April 22, 2020 – New York, United States
A woman in a mask walks past a mural of a hand on the side of a building in Midtown New York City. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said he would extend New York States shutdown until May 15.

AFP 18 | Marco LONGARI

March 28, 2020 – Johannesburg, South Africa
A South African policeman points his pump rifle to disperse a crowd of shoppers in Yeoville, while trying to enforce social distancing outside a supermarket amid concern of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

AFP 19 | Fadel SENNA

March 22, 2020 – Rabat, Morocco
A Moroccan health ministry worker disinfects a man walking a dog in the Moroccan capital. A public health state of emergency went into effect in the Muslim-majority country late on March 20, security forces and the army have been deployed on the streets to combat the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease.

AFP 20 | Carl DE SOUZA

August 26, 2019 – Porto Velho, Brazil
Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Hundreds of new fires have flared up across the Amazon in Brazil, even with military aircraft dumping water over hard-hit areas.

The selection is accompanied by educational resources allowing to tackle in a transversal way the challenges of media education, elements of the citizen journey and many subjects of programs by developing in particular the oral. After class work, collect individual student votes and return them using the voting form!