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The photo of the Russian ambassador to Turkey’s assassination wins the World Press Photo 2017

Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici captured the moment in which the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated, winning the World Press Photo 2017.

Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off duty policeman, has just killed the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov: an art exhibition in the Turkish capital Ankara becomes the scene of a brutal homicide on the 19th of December 2016. This was captured by Burhan Ozbilici, Turkish photographer for The Associated Press. A scene from a political thriller? No, this is the dramatic and totally real moment photographed by Ozbilici.

World Press Photo 2017, the winning images

Every year for 60 years the World Press Photo of the Year awards those photographers that through their skill and creativity have been able to capture the most journalistically significant events and stories of the year – both through single images as well as photographic stories. The winners of the 2017 edition were announced on the 13th of February 2017 in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, where the homonymous foundation that organises one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, is based. The 2017 jury, made up of internationally renowned photojournalists and documentary photographers, was chaired by Stuart Franklin of the Magnum Photos agency.

Francis Pérez
Caretta Caretta Trapped. Nature, singles winner © Francis Pérez/World press photo contest 2017

4 million people in 45 countries

Ozbilici, the overall winner, was awarded with a 10,000 euros cash prize as well as a selection of Canon photographic equipment. This year’s edition saw the participation of 80,408 images by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries. The various categories’ winners were 45 from 25 countries. The awards ceremony took place between the 20th and 22nd of April in Amsterdam, city that also hosts the first exhibition of the winning photos starting on the 14th of April. The images, which are seen on average by four million people every year, will then tour the world reaching a total of 45 countries.

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