[ SPOT NEWS ] This is a category for non-COVID-19 single photographs of breaking news or events in which no planning was possible. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2021.

Judges for Spot News
Ikuru Kuwajima
Tanvi Mishra
Sanjit Das
Maika Elan
Oded Wagenstein

First Place

Ali Khara

Taliban soldiers ride bumper cars at an amusement park in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Ohad Zwigenberg

An Israeli police officer stands with pistol pointed at a Palestinian man, center, next to a Jewish driver who was attacked by Palestinian protesters near Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, May 10, 2021.Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site on Monday, the latest in a series of confrontations that is pushing the contested city to the brink of eruption.


Myay Ni Gone

Sacca Photo
The mother of Chit Min Thu mourns and flashes a three-finger salute at his home in Yangon, Myanmar on 11 March 2021. Chit Min Thu was fatally shot in the head by security forces during a protest against the military coup. Protests against the coup, staged by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army), have been ongoing throughout Myanmar since the military overthrew the elected government on 1st February 2021. The protests have been met with force by the Tatmadaw, leading to the deaths of hundreds of protestors and the imprisonment of thousands of politicians, activists, journalists and other civilians.


Erdem Sahin

A man tries to put out the fire during the wildfires at the Yuvarlakcay village of the Koycegiz district of Mugla, Turkey, 03 August 2021.

Award of Excellence

Mustafa Hassona

Anadolu Agency
Palestinian child’s birthday celebrated near debris of former house GAZA CITY, GAZA – MAY 25: Sabih family and friends of 13 year old Mahmoud Sabih (4th R) celebrate his birthday near the debris of their former house, collapsed after Israeli attacks began on May 10 in Gaza Strip, Gaza on May 25, 2021.

Award of Excellence

Dar Yasin

Indian policemen detain a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim for participating in a religious procession in central Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse hundreds of Shiite Muslims, while detaining dozens who attempted to participate in processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram.

Award of Excellence

Lauren DeCicca

A Thai protester is helped by medics after being injured during an anti-government rally at the Din Daeng Intersection on September 12, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand. Anti-government protesters held rallies for months in mid 2021, often clashing with police, despite Covid-19 remaining a persistent problem for the country.