The winners of the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest have been announced, showing the most powerful and most striking photos taken by photojournalists over the past year.
The winners were selected from 80,408 images taken by 5,034 photographers from 125 different countries, the group said.
The World Press Photo of the Year 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.
The winning picture for 2017 was taken by Burhan Ozbilici – who also won first prize in the Spot News Stories category – showing 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.
“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,” said Mary Calvert, one of the members of the jury that selected the winner.
“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 epitomizes the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.”
These are the winners in the 2017 awards – the full gallery, including runners up can be found on the World Press Photo website.
Note: Singles refer to individual images, stories refer to a series of photos – galleries to these series are linked. Warning: some images below are graphic and may upset readers.
Headline image: A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806. From Contemporary Issues first prize winner for stories, Amber Bracken.
World Press Photo of the Year – An Assassination in Turkey
Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. / Burhan Ozbilici
Single – Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge
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. / Jonathan Bachman
Story – Standing Rock – Gallery
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. / Amber Bracken
Single – The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War
At the hospital, Najiba holds her two-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul. / Paula Bronstein
Story – Cuba on the Edge of Change – Gallery
A woman shares a taxi ride to Santiago de Cuba. / Tomás Munita
Single – Offensive on Mosul
The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence. / Laurent Van der Stockt
Story – They Are Slaughtering Us like Animals – Gallery
Six-year-old Jimji cries in anguish as she screams “papa” before funeral parlor workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. / Daniel Berehulak
Long-term Projects – Black Days of Ukraine – Gallery
Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village. / Valery Melnikov
Single – Caretta Caretta Trapped
A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. / Francis Pérez
Story – Rhino Wars – Gallery
A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometers away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. / Brent Stirton
Single – What ISIS Left Behind
Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq / Magnus Wennman
Story – Aenikkaeng – Gallery
Young Korean-Mayan descendants during the 90th birthday party of Joaquin Poot Lee, a second generation Korean-Mayan. / Michael Vince Kim
Single – Grand National Steeplechase
Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase, during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on 9 April 2016 in Liverpool, England. / Tom Jenkins
Story – Boys Will Be Boys – Gallery
Muddy York Rugby Football Club’s player Danny Perez (standing) and his partner Jonathan Buckley cuddle on the balcony of their condominium in Toronto, Ontario. / Giovanni Capriotti
Single – Pakistan Bomb Blast
Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion in Quetta, Pakistan. / Jamal Taraqai
Story – An Assassination in Turkey – Gallery
Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, speaks at an art gallery before being shot by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, left, in Ankara, Turkey. / Burhan Ozbilici
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