Winners Announced for World Press Photo 2017 Contest
The winners of the World Press Photo 2017 contest have been announced. Having been running since 1955, winners were selected from over 80,000 images in eight different categories, with 45 photographers from 25 countries taking home prizes. Here’s the best of them.
We should warn that readers may find some of the images below distressing.
The overall first prize for the 2017 World Press Photo contest was awarded to Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici for his image of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. Taken on 19th December 2016 at an art gallery in Ankara, the photo shows off-duty Turkish policeman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, moments after he fatally shot the ambassador.
On the winning image, the jury chair, Stuart Franklin, said, “It wasn’t just a photograph, it was a spot news story and I think that Burhan was incredibly courageous and had extraordinary composure in being able to sort of calm himself down in the middle of the affray and take the commanding pictures that he took.”
Other winners included Daniel Berehulak from The New York Times for his photo titled ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’. Winning first prize in the General News (Stories) category, the image shows inmates at a police station in Manila, Philippines as they wait to be processed by drug inspectors.
First prize for the Long-Term Projects was awarded to Black Days Of Ukraine. The best of the series’ images, from Russian international news agency Rossiya Segodnya, shows a couple fleeing a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the village of Luhanskaya.
Other highlights include Francis Perez for his Nature (Singles) prize winning image of a sea turtle entangled in a fish netting off the coast of Tenerife, and the now infamous image of Usain Bolt by Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach as smiles back at the competition while on his way to winning the 100m semi-final in Rio 2016. The photo won third place in the Sport (Singles) category.
The winners and finalists of the World Press Photo 2017 awards will feature in a touring exhibition which will be begin in Amsterdam on 20th April. Head over to the World Press Photo Website to see all the winners.