The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the winners of the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest.
The judging panel selected an image by Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici as the World Press Photo of the Year. The prestigous award honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.
Ozbilici’s photo – which also won first prize in the Spot News Stories category – shows how Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, at an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey, on 19 December 2016. Altıntaş wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout.
Ozbilici is a staff photographer for The Associated Press, based in Istanbul.
Mary F. Calvert, member of the jury, spoke about the winning photograph:
“It was a very very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the picture of the Year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times. Every time it came on the screen you almost had to move back because it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomises the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.”
The 2017 contest drew entries from around the world with 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitting 80,408 images.
The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, New Zealand, Turkey, UK, and USA.
Australian photographers again featured prominently in the awards with Daniel Berehulak awarded first prize stories in the General News category, while Cameron Spencer was awarded second prize singles in the Sports category.
The premier award carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros and a selection of Canon camera equipment.
The prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million people each year.
See all the winners and awarded photos at: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2017
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