The winners and runners-up of the 61st World Press Photo competition are in, and as always, they don’t fail to impress.
This year’s winning photo went to Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt, staff photographer for the AFP based in Mexico City. A career spent covering social conflicts, violence and drug trafficking led him to the mass protests in Caracas, Venezuela, after President Maduro announced plans to overhaul the democratic government, giving himself full legislative powers. Violence erupted between protesters and riot police soon after, and it was during the city’s extreme scenes of violence that Schemidt captured the winning image of 28-year-old protestor José Víctor Salazar Balza on fire after the gas tank on a nearby motorbike exploded, resulting in first and second-degree burns to his body.
Taking out top prize in the nature category is Corey Arnold’s photo ‘Dumpster Diver’, taken from his series Aleutian Dreams. The collection of work was inspired by Arnold’s seven seasons spent in the unforgiving frontier of Western Alaska, working as a crabber and jigging for codfish in the Bering Sea.
Past winners have included Australian photographer Warren Richardson’s image of a man passing a baby through a barbed wire fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border, and Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici’s photo of 22-year-old off-duty police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, moments after assassinating the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Check out some work below, and head to World Press Photo to see the full list of winners and runners-up.