2020 Eyes of History: Still Contest: International News

A picture of a spot news, general news or issue reporting event taken outside the United States.

First Place

Sarah L. Voisin, The Washington Post
Looking North: Transito Gutierrez looks out the window of her tiny adobe home in Camotan, Guatemala on Tuesday July 30, 2019. She lives there with her husband and five children. Their 16-year-old son, Juan de León Gutierrez, died recently in U.S. Custody. They used their home as collateral for a loan to send him and now may lose everything because of the debt. On the left is the now unused mattress that belonged to Juan. Many Central American families are left with a huge amount of debt from paying coyotes to bring their family member to the United States.

Second Place

Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Freelance
Hurricane Dorian Devastates Bahamas: A month after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Abaco evacuees Justin Bain, 14, and his parents Sherrine Petit Homme LaFrance and Ferrier Petit Homme, left to right, sleep on available space in China Laguerre's home in Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Laguerre's family took in 10 evacuees after the storm--housing, feeding and assisting them with their daily needs.

Third Place

David Butow, Independent
Battleground Hong Kong: A group of young people in the New Territories rally in collective defiance of a recently-passed law banning facemarks during political demonstrations, Sunday, October 6, 2019. Since the Spring of 2019, thousands of Hong Kong citizens have clashed violently with police during public demonstrations that seek to secure and expand long-standing rights now under threat from the central Chinese government.

Award of Excellence

Salwan Georges, The Washington Post
Salmon: Fishermen unload and sort salmon from a ship at the port in the town of Utoro after returning from the Sea of Okhotsk on Friday, September 27, 2019, in Hokkaido, Japan. Less ice and fewer salmon in northern Japan are being driven by rapid warming in the Sea of Okhotsk, wedged between Siberia and Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. The sea has warmed in some northern regions by as much as 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) since preindustrial times, making it one of the fastest- warming spots in the world, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from Berkeley Earth. The rising temperatures are weakening the Earth’s single most dynamic sea ice factory, in the northwestern Sea of Okhotsk. The intensity of ice generation here exceeds any location in the Arctic ocean or even Antarctica, and its decline will reverberate far beyond the immediate region as climate.