World Press Photo of the Year 2017

The World Press Photo competition has again uncovered some of the best journalistic photography work of the year; images of hope, hopelessness and all that lies in between. Here, we present some of best images from the shortlisted work, along with the overall Press Photo of the Year

Warning: the World Press Photo of the year is an image of the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov.

Out of the 80,408 images entered into this year’s World Press Photo, the image below by Burhan Ozbilici was named the 60th World Press Photo of the year. Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, lies motionless on the floor, a stark contrast to his animated assassin, Mevlut Mert Altintas, who stands over him.

The typically serene interior of an exhibition space provides the backdrop for what plays out like a battle scene, with soldiers in suits instead of camouflage. Just moments after the image was captured Altintas, an off duty police officer was shot and killed by law enforcement.

World Press Photo of the Year, An Assassination in Turkey © Burhan Ozbilici, The Associated Press 
Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

Jury member João Silva explains that this image was selected because represents a breaking point, a state the world seems to be headed toward. “This is a man who has clearly reached a breaking point and his statement is to assassinate someone who he really blames, a country that he blames, for what is going on elsewhere in the region,” says Silva.

“I feel that what is happening in Europe, what is happening in America, what is happening in the Far East, Middle East, Syria, and this image to me talks of it. It is the face of hatred.”

Though awarded the top prize, the judges were not unanimous in their selection of this picture. Jury member Stuart Franklin expressed his concerns about this photograph in a piece published in the Guardian earlier today.

Here are some of the other winning and shortlisted work:

Contemporary Issues – Third Prize, Stories, Copacabana Palace ©  Peter Bauza 
Edilane and 3 of her 7 kids (at the time of the shoot) are resting on a mattress on the floor. She is giving soon birth to a son. Despite all her problems and struggling often how to feed her kids next day, she is still positive about her life. Recently she was able to build up a very small and basic Internet store inside the buildings. Out of approx. 10 old computers she makes one for the store.This represents some 5 USD daily. The people of “Copacabana Palace”, also usually called Jambalaya or Carandiru, are the “sem tetos, sem terras”. Generally hidden from view, they represent the dark side of Brazil’s multibillion-dollar spending spree on global sporting events such as the 2007 Pan American Games, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics. There are thought to be several million people in Brazil without a stable roof (sem moradias), and the number is rising. Despite government housing schemes „minha casa, minha vida“ and anti-poverty policies the “sem tetos, sem terras” (homeless and landless) face a bleak future.
General News – First Prize, Singles, Offensive On Mosul © Laurent Van der Stockt, Getty Reportage for Le Monde
The Iraqis Special Operations Forces (Isof 1, Golden Division, ISF) are searching houses of Cogjali, a eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment and evidences. Young and adult men are quickly interviewed. Most of the time, civilians feel insecure while fighters of isof, still under the threat of snipers and car bombs, feel being in hostile territory.
Nature – Second Prize, Stories, Pandas Gone Wild © Ami Vitale, for National Geographic Magazine
Seven-year-old giant panda Min Min had a baby girl at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China . It was 3 long days and nights of waiting for her to give birth and the vets thought it was likely to be a still birth. A very healthy giant panda cub emerged with a loud scream. She is the largest cub born this year to first-time mother Min Min. Giant pandas are born tiny, blind and helpless. The limbs of newborn pandas are so weak that they are not able to stand and for the first two months baby pandas only nurse, sleep, and poo. They are weaned between 8-9 months and a year old.
People – Second Prize, Stories, Enfarinat © Antonio Gibotta, Agenzia Controluce
Each 28th december, in Ibi – province of Alicante, in Spain -, the “The floured’s war” takes place. It’s a festival in which the citizens are divided into two groups: the first is called the Enfarinat (the floured), that simulate a coup d’etat; the other one tries to calm down the rebellion. The teams plays with flour, water, eggs and coloured smoke bombs: the photos taken during the match are beautiful. It has been celebrated since 200 years and it’s linked to the day of the massacre of innocents, when Herod, king of Judea, ordered to kill each baby in order to find Jesus.
Nature – First prize, stories, Rhino Wars © Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine 
“Care for Wild Africa” is a donor run orgnaniation that specializes in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found Lulah she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears, parts of her nose and inflicted a large bite on her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and despite fighting off infection in the wound she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, 25, who are full time staff at C.W.A. Dorota has an honors degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lives full time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals. Lulah received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult.
Long term projects – First prize, Black Days Of Ukraine  © Valery Melnikov, Rossiya Segodnya 
Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by the air attack in the Luhanskaya village
Contemporary Issues – First Prize, Singles, Taking A Stand In Baton Rouge © Jonathan Bachman, Thomson Reuters
Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA, on 9 July 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men.
General News – Second Prize, Singles, Left Alone © Santi Palacios
An 11-year-old girl from Nigeria (left), who said her mother died in Libya, cries next to her 10-year-old brother aboard an NGO rescue boat, on 28 July 2016. The children had sailed for hours in an overcrowded rubber boat with other refugees during a rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea, about 23 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya.Libyan smugglers often take advantage of refugees, charging anywhere from $750 to $3500 for a place on typically dangerous boats they say are heading to Italy.
Contemporary Issues – Second Prize, Stories Victims Of The Zika Virus © Lalo de Almeida, for Folha de São Paulo 
Heloá, seven months old, takes a bottle of milk on her grandmother’s lap at the family’s home in Areias. She and her sister Heloísa were born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus. The state of Paraíba, located in the Northeast region of Brazil, has one of the highest rates of microcephaly caused by the Zika virus in the country.
Daily Life – First prize, Stories, Cuba On The Edge Of Change © Tomas Munita, for The New York Times 
Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo waited along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on December 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.

View all the shortlisted and winning work at www.worldpressphoto.org 

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