Photo of hug during pandemic named World Press Photo of the Year

A picture of a hug during the coronavirus pandemic has been named World Press Photo of the Year.

Rosa Luzia Lunardi, an 85-year-old Brazilian woman at a care home, was photographed getting her first embrace in five months through a transparent hug curtain.

The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year, Mads Nissen, said he was covering the coronavirus crisis in Brazil which has been one of the countries most affected by the crisis.

“I was photographing the graveyards, the cemeteries where people were mourning, hospitals, the ambulances, but I also felt there was need for a different kind of picture,” he said.

He wanted a picture which could show “this certain Latin American spirit to fight and find love even in the most dark hour".