2022 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!


July 3, 2022 – Silverstone, United Kingdom
Alfa Romeo Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu skids across the track after a collision with Mercedes' British driver George Russell (out of the picture) during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in central England. Miraculously, Zhou escaped unscathed, thanks to the Halo cockpit protection.


August 3, 2021 – Tokyo, Japan
The USA's Simone Biles gets ready to compete in the artistic gymnastics women's balance beam final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo.


August 7, 2021 – Fuaa, Syria
Displaced Syrian children run with cutout of horse heads during the "Camp Olympics 2020" in the town of Fuaa in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the last major rebel bastion in the country. Some 120 boys from 12 different camps gathered for their own version of the Olympic games at the end of the Tokyo Olympics.

AFP 4 | Paul RATJE

September 19, 2021 – Del Rio, United States
A mounted American border guard tries to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge. Nothing had been done to handle the arrival of the migrants who were angry and distressed. The US government meanwhile organized planes to deport them back to Haiti despite the situation there.

AFP 5 | Wakil KOHSAR

August 16, 2021 – Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at Kabul airport. The American army had withdrawn from Afghanistan after 20 turbulent years and in the space of a few days, chaos ensued. The Taliban seized control of the country and its capital Kabul without any resistance from the Afghan army.


September 26, 2021 – Alto Hospicio, Iquique, Chile
Women search for used clothes amid tons discarded in the Atacama desert. EcoFibra, Ecocitex and Sembra are circular economy projects that use textile waste as their raw material. The textile industry in Chile will be included in the law of Extended Responsibility of the Producer (REP), forcing clothes and textiles importers take charge of the waste they generate.


September 28, 2021 – Arica, Chile
Chilean border police stand next to a Colombian migrant who fainted after being detained while crossing illegally from Peru alongside her companion and one other person. Hundreds of migrants, mainly from Venezuela and Haiti, enter Chile by crossing the border from Peru illegally every day.

AFP 8 | Hoshang HASHIMI

October 15, 2021 – Bala Murghab district, Afghanistan
Children fill jerrycans with water from a water storage in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province. Drought stalks the parched fields around the remote Afghan district of Bala Murghab, where climate change is proving a deadlier foe than the country's recent conflicts.

AFP 9 | Money SHARMA

November 10, 2021 – Noida, India
Devotees perform religious rituals as they offer prayers to the Sun god during the Hindu festival of Chhat Puja, while standing in the waters of the river Yamuna, which is covered with polluted foam. A toxic foam covers the Yamuna, a tributary of the Ganges, one of India's sacred rivers that flows through Delhi and one of the most polluted in the country.

AFP 10 | Sameer AL-DOUMY

December 5, 2021 – Paris, France
Competitors take part in the 11th edition of the Nautic Paddle described as the world’s biggest stand-up paddle competition on the Seine River.

AFP 11 | Daniel LEAL

June 2, 2022 – London, United Kingdom
Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge (2L) holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L), his mother Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (2R) and Britain's Prince George of Cambridge as they watch a fly past from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade. The aerial display was part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations.


June 5, 2022 – Droujkivka, Ukraine
An elderly woman, with a cat on her shoulder, tries to clean her yard of debris after a missile strike that killed one old woman in the city of Droujkivka in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas.


June 22, 2022 – Budapest, Hungary
American swimmer Anita Alvarez is rescued by coach Andrea Fuentes at the World Aquatic Championships after she had fainted at the end of her solo free artistic routine in a pool at the Alfred Hajos swimming complex. Oli Scarff used a remote controlled camera to photograph her and the rescue as Fuentes reached her, and was able to track them the whole way to the surface.

AFP 14 | Jaime REINA

June 23, 2022 – Ciutadella, Spain
A horse rears in the crowd during the "Caragol des Born", a mass gathering of horses and people swirling to the rythm of the music during the traditional Sant Joan (Saint John) festival in the town of Ciutadella, on the Balearic Island of Minorca, on the eve of Saint John's day.

AFP 15 | Robyn BECK

March 27, 2022 – Hollywood, United States
US actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

AFP 16 | Sergei SUPINSKY

January 30, 2022 – Kyiv, Ukraine
A military instructor teaches civilians holding wooden replicas of Kalashnikov rifles, during a training session at an abandoned factory in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on January 30, 2022.

AFP 17 | Qassem al-KAABI

May 23, 2022 – Near Najaf, Iraq
Bedouin shepherds whose animals were banned from entering the Najaf governorate due to the spread of the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, walk alongside their grazing flock in al-Henniyah outside of Najaf during a sandstorm.

AFP 18 | Money SHARMA

November 19, 2021 – Sonbhadra, India
A worker pushes his bicycle under a line of cable trolleys transporting coal at the site of an open-cast mine in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh.

AFP 19 | Sergei SUPINSKY

March 8, 2022 – Irpin, Ukraine
Ukrainian soldiers help an elderly woman to cross a destroyed bridge as she flees the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv.

AFP 20 | Cesar MANSO

June 18, 2022 – Zamora, Spain
Firefighters operate at the site of a wildfire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain. Firefighters continued to fight against multiple fires in Spain, one of which ravaged nearly 20,000 hectares of land, on the last day of an extreme heat wave which swept the country, with temperatures that peaked at 43 degrees.

Votes are now closed. The results will be unveiled on Tuesday 4th October 2022.