Spot news, first prize (singles). “Pakistan Bomb Blast” by Jamal Taraqai. Lawyers help their injured colleagues after a bomb explosion in Quetta, Pakistan.
Every year, the World Press Photo contest serves as a sobering reminder of the shocking injustices occurring all over the world.
The 2017 winners are no exception. From assassination in Turkey, bomb blasts in Afghanistan, and murder in the Philippines. Here are some of the winning shots from this year:
Daily Life, first prize (singles): “The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War” by Paula Bronstein – Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew, Shabir, at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Contemporary Issues, First Prize: “Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge’ by Jonathan Bachman – Leisha Evans stands in the street July 9 as two police officers move in to arrest her near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Dept in Louisiana
General News, first prize (stories): “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” by Daniel Berehulak – A crime-scene investigator works near a shooting victim in Manila, Philippines, on October 11.
General News, first prize (singles): “Offensive on Mosul” by Laurent Van der Stockt – Children are photographed as Iraqi forces search a home in Mosul, Iraq, on November 2.
Long-Term Projects, first prize: “Black Days of Ukraine” by Valery Melnikov – People escape from a fire at a house that was destroyed by an air attack in the Ukrainian village of Luhanskaya.
General News, second prize singles: “Left Alone” by 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.
And the World Press Photo of the year Winner is…
“An Assassination in Turkey”by Burhan Ozbilici. Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, by Burhan Ozbilici.