Here Are the 10 Best Photos That Captured Our Generation in 2016

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.

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, speaks at an art gallery before being shot by Mevlut Mert Altintas, left, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, speaks at an art gallery before being shot by Mevlut Mert Altintas, left, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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.

Morton County Sheriffs - Riot police clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents they've employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades.

Morton County Sheriffs – Riot police clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents they’ve employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades. (Amber Bracken/Rogue Collective)

 

Young Eduarda is sitting outside a window and observes the street happenings. She lives with her 7 siblings in one of the 5 never finished buildings of a supposed middle class condo project, not far away from Rio de Janeiro, but still far enough to be hidden from our view. _______ The people of “Copacabana Palace”, also usually called Jambalaya or Carandiru, are the “sem tetos, sem terras”. Generally hidden from view, they represent the dark side of Brazil’s multibillion-dollar spending spree on global sporting events such as the 2007 Pan American Games, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics. There are thought to be several million people in Brazil without a stable roof (sem moradias), and the number is rising. Despite government housing schemes „minha casa, minha vida“ and anti-poverty policies the “sem tetos, sem terras” (homeless and landless) face a bleak future.

Young Eduarda is sitting outside a window and observes the street happenings. She lives with her 7 siblings in one of the 5 never finished buildings of a supposed middle class condo project, not far away from Rio de Janeiro, but still far enough to be hidden from our view. (Peter Bauza)

 

HLUHLUWE UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE, KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA: A Black Rhino Bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometers away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. An autopsy and postmortem carried out by members of the KZN Ezemvelo ranger team later revealed that the large calibre bullet went straight through this rhino, causing massive tissue damage. It was noted that he did not die immediately but ran a short distance, fell to his knees and a coup de grace shot was administered to the head from close range. Black Rhino are one of the most endangered rhino species. HluHluwe Umfolozi is one of the last repositories for these animals, with less than 3000 left in the wild today.

HLUHLUWE UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE, KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA: A Black Rhino Bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than 8 hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometers away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle. Black Rhino are one of the most endangered rhino species. HluHluwe Umfolozi is one of the last repositories for these animals, with less than 3000 left in the wild today. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic)

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out-of-the-way

(Elena Anosova) Life in a small settlement near the Nizhnyaya Tunguska River, in the far north of Russia, is one of extreme isolation. Change over the centuries has been gradual. About 100 adults live in the settlement; there are no roads and the nearest town is 300 kilometers away.

1) Seen in this photo is one of 35 wild leopards that are living in the Sanjay Gandhi National park in the centre of one of the biggest metropolis of the world. The Leopard is on its nocturnal prawl in the adjacent human settlements in search of food which are mainly dogs or pigs that are common near settlements. The picture is taken in Aarey Milk colony that is on the southern boundary of Sanjay Gandhi Naitional Park, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Date : 24/09/2016 2) The photograph is taken in a tribal settlement adjacent to the park and belongs to Warli tribes. They are the native of Mumbai and are known for their cultural integration with nature including Big Cats. This house belongs to one of the tribleman. A Warli painting inside his house depicts a leopard demonstrating the quiet comfort zone, which allows him, and many tribals like him to coexist with the big cats in spite of their occasional too-close-to comfort encounters. Unfortunately, people living in high rises adjacent to Warlis are not so well connected with nature and perceive leopards as threat. This picture symbolizes the unique man-leopard co-existence which perhaps exists no where else in the world! They are sharing same space at different times! 3) The picture was taken using a camera trap that was placed in the backyard of tribal house in an alley. The camera was Nikon D300, lens 18-70 Nikkor and 5 nikon flashes. The leopard clicked its own picture by breaking an infra red beam that was set using Trailmaster 1550 triggers connected to camera.

Seen in this photo is one of 35 wild leopards that are living in the Sanjay Gandhi National park in the centre of one of the biggest metropolis of the world. The Leopard is on its nocturnal prawl in the adjacent human settlements in search of food which are mainly dogs or pigs that are common near settlements. The picture is taken in Aarey Milk colony that is on the southern boundary of Sanjay Gandhi Naitional Park, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. (Nayan Khanolkar)

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Two men panic and struggle in the water during their rescue. Their rubber boat was in distress and deflating quickly on one side, tipping many migrants in the water. They were quickly reached by rescue swimmers and brought to safety.  2016 was a deadly year of migrants and refugees trying to cross the mediterranean from Libya's coasts to Italy's. With ever increasing numbers of unseaworthy boats attempting the crossing, charities and NGOs like MOAS are often overwhelmed. MOAS, together with medical teams from the red cross, operates two rescue vessels, the Responder and the Phoenix, just off the coast of Libya. They sit in international waters and await either the distress call from migrants lucky enough to have been given a satellite phone by their smuggler, or to visually find migrants boats - often in the dead of night. Then the race to rescue them before it too late starts. © Mathieu Willcocks/MOAS.eu 2016, all rights reserved.

Two men panic and struggle in the water during their rescue. Their rubber boat was in distress and deflating quickly on one side, tipping many migrants in the water. They were quickly reached by rescue swimmers and brought to safety. © Mathieu Willcocks/MOAS.eu 2016, all rights reserved.

The body of a migrant found floating at sea. Red Cross medical staff onboard the Responder estimated he had been at sea for at least four days. 2016 was a deadly year of migrants and refugees trying to cross the mediterranean from Libya's coasts to Italy's. With ever increasing numbers of unseaworthy boats attempting the crossing, charities and NGOs like MOAS are often overwhelmed. MOAS, together with medical teams from the red cross, operates two rescue vessels, the Responder and the Phoenix, just off the coast of Libya. They sit in international waters and await either the distress call from migrants lucky enough to have been given a satellite phone by their smuggler, or to visually find migrants boats - often in the dead of night. Then the race to rescue them before it too late starts. © Mathieu Willcocks/MOAS.eu 2016, all rights reserved.

The body of a migrant found floating at sea. Red Cross medical staff onboard the Responder estimated he had been at sea for at least four days. © Mathieu Willcocks/MOAS.eu 2016, all rights reserved.

Image Credits: @hm


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