This year’s World Press Photo contest winners have been announced. Over 80,000 images were submitted by over 5,000 photographers from 125 different countries. The world’s events and stories are well documented and the sheer volume of submission is a testament to that fact.
The first prize went to Turkish photographer, Burhan Ozbilici. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you have seen the shocking image that captured the murderer of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, seconds after he pulled the trigger. World Press Photo will not escape harsh criticism for selecting this photo as the winner.
The jury chair, Stuart Franklin made remarks on Ozbilici’s image, “I think it is an incredibly hard-hitting news photograph, great spot news story. 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.”
This year’s winners captured subjects ranging from Zika, Dakota Access Pipeline Protests, the refugee crisis, Duterte’s assassination spree in the Philippines, to the passing of Fidel Castro, and everyday life worldwide.