The World Press Photo Exhibition started at the beginning of the month and is running till the end of July at Smith and Caughey’s. The exhibition features images you’ll recognise for going viral on Twitter and Facebook over the course of 2016. Each one captures the conflict of our modern world, as well as the passion, both heartwarming and chilling.
The highly-anticipated winners of this international contest were announced in early February 2017, with ‘An Assassination in Turkey’ by Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici taking the overall award; World Press Photo of the Year.
Please note that a few of the images below could be considered disturbing, including the winner.
You’ll be forgiven to think that the image is a staged piece of performance art in a gallery. The pose is dramatic, and the story the image tells is simple. Revolt, death, defiance. However what you’re looking at isn’t art. It’s real life.
Burhan Ozbilici’s picture – which also won first prize in the Spot News Stories category – shows 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.
Mary F. Calvert, member of the jury, spoke about the winning photograph: “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. 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.”
The rest of the images are just as haunting, and we’d share them all here if we could, but we recommend you going and seeing them in person, as they have a powerful impact.