7-11 May. Prizewinning shots from 60th contest.
Milan’s Galleria Sozzani is again hosting selected prizewinning entries to the annual international World Press Photo competition, chosen for the skill and visual creativity of the photographer in capturing an event or subject of strong journalistic relevance.
This year’s outright winner, in the category Spot News, was Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici, who has worked for 28 years with Associated Press news agency, for his entry An Assassination in Turkey, which appeared in media all over the world last December. Ozbilici captured the moment when rogue policeman Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shot dead the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in an Ankara art gallery.
The other categories, each including both single shots and series, are: Current affairs, Daily life, General news, Long-term projects, Nature, Portraits and Sport. The 45 prize-winners hailed from 25 nations across the world.
The international jury was this year headed by Stuart Franklin of the leading Magnum agency, and considered over 80,000 entries shot during 2016 by 5,000 photographers from 125 countries.
Prizes in the competition are awarded by the World Press Photo Foundation, founded in the Netherlands in 1955 by the Dutch press photographers’ union. The non-profit foundation organises the annual adjudication of entries and the exhibition of winners in 45 countries, with the only condition being that they are exhibited without censorship of any kind. Each year the travelling exhibition attracts around four million visitors.