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.”