This year mark the 60th annual
World Press Photo Contest and the winner have just been announced, whittled down from more than 80,408 images that were submitted by 5,000 photographers from more than 125 different countries however overall none could compete with the powerful photo that Burhan Ozbilici captured of the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
Recognising that the photo was highly controversial (first photo pictured below) the judges debated whether or not it should take top spot in this years competition however they came to an agreement that because it fitted its criteria and was such an impactful photo it deserved to be there, “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,”
explained jury member Mary Calvert.
Whilst the majority agreed that the photo epitomises exactly what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means there was some opposition to the photo being the winner with Stuart Franklin, chair of the jury, stating that he sees the photo as morally problematic. However winner aside the other category winners of which there were eight, broken down into sports, nature, contemporary issues and more are all deserving of their place for their captivating journalism.
“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.”
Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge by Jonathan Bachman. Contemporary issues, first prize singles.
“Adriana Cordeiro Soares, 30, bathes her son João Miguel, 3 months old, who was born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, in her house in the rural area of São Vicente do Seridó.”
Victims of the Zika virus by Lalo de Almeida. Contemporary issues, second prize stories.
“Two Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center for refugees in Surman, Libya. The detention center houses hundreds of women escaping precarious conditions. “
The Libyan Migrant Trap by Daniel Etter. Contemporary issues, third prize singles.
“The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence.”
Offensive on Mosul by Laurent van der Stockt. General news, first prize singles.
“Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village.”
Black Days of Ukraine by Valery Melnikov. Long-Term Projects, first prize stories.
“Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon.”
Sweat Makes Champions by Tiejun Wang. Daily life, second prize singles.
“A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.”
Caretta Caretta Trapped by Francis Pérez. Nature, first prize singles.
“Two men panic and struggle in the water during their rescue. Their rubber boat was in distress and deflating quickly on one side, tipping many migrants in the water. They were quickly reached by rescue swimmers and brought to safety.”
Mediterranean Migration by Mathieu Willcocks. Spot news, third prize stories.
“A Syrian man evacuates an area following a reported airstrike in the rebel-held neighborhood of Hayy Aqyul in Aleppo.”
Rescued from the Rubble by Ameer Alhalbi. Spot news, second prize stories.
“Young Eduarda is sitting outside a window and observes the street happenings. She lives with her seven siblings in one of the five never-finished buildings of a supposed middle class condo project, not far away from Rio de Janeiro, but still far enough to be hidden from our view.”
Copacabana Palace by Peter Bauza. Contemporary issues, third prize stories.
“A woman is supported by two men while crossing a river, as refugees attempt to reach Macedonia on a route that would bypass the border fence.”
Migrant Crossing by Vadim Ghirda. Contemporary issues, second prize singles.
“At the hospital, Najiba holds her two-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul.”
The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War by Paula Bronstein. Daily life, first prize singles.
“An Uyghur woman carries money in her stockings, a common practice. Uygur women, while Muslim, typically do not adhere to the conservative dress code that women in neighboring countries follow. On this train from Kashgar, you see a lesser known side of China. Most of the passengers are Uygur, a Chinese minority who live mostly in the west.”
China’s Wild West by Matthieu Paley. Daily life, third prize singles.
“Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase.”
Grand National Steeplechase by Tom Jenkins. Sports, first prize singles.
“Care For Wild Africa is a donor-run organization 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 her she was estimated to be one month old.”
Rhino Wars by Brett Stirton. Nature, first prize stories.
“Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq, seven days ago. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit center in Debaga’s refugee camp.”
What ISIS Left Behind by Magnus Wennman. People, first prize singles.
“Kelly Freeman arrives at her wedding reception in Dubois, Kansas. Table Rock is a small rural community in Nebraska, USA, which is shown from 1992 until March 2016. It hasn’t really changed over the years.”
Table Rock, Nebraska by Markus Jokela. Long-Term Projects, third prize stories.
“Veterans carry an American and a Mohawk Warrior Society flag through the storm. The Mohawk flag came to prominence during the 1990 Canadian Oka Crisis, when the military confronted indigenous people in a major armed conflict for the first time in modern history.”
Standing Rock by Amber Bracken. Contemporary issues, first prize stories.
“Gay athletes have somehow nearly always encountered resistance, controversy, discrimination, and often humiliation from the sports community. Stereotypes have typically, and falsely, defined the performance of the athletes as well as their suitability to a specific discipline. Discomfort in the locker room pushed a few of Toronto’s gay rugby players to form the city’s first gay-friendly rugby team.”
Boys Will Be Boys by Giovanni Capriotti. Sports, first prize stories. h/t MyModernMet