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Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici has been announced as the winner of the World Press Photo Contest 2017. His image shows the man who had just assassinated the Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov at a gallery opening in Ankara on 19 December 2016. The jury described the photograph as “an explosive image which expresses the hatred of our time.”

Daniel Berehulak was awarded first place in the News/Stories category, for his image of a funeral in the Philippines which captures the pain of a six-year old girl at her father’s coffin.

Tomas Munitá is the winner in the category Daily Life (Stories). His photograph of a street hairdresser in Havana is part of a reportage on Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro.

Leica photographer Peter Bauza was honoured in the category Contemporary Issues (Stories) for his series Copacabana Palace. The series is also featured in M Magazine No. 5.  

Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Etter was selected in the category Contemporary Issues (Singles). His image shows two Nigerian women who are being held in a reception camp in Libya.

More than 5000 photographers from 125 countries have entered a total of 80,000 images for this year’s World Press Photo Contest, which ranks among the most prestigious international awards in the field of photojournalism. This year’s competition was divided into nine categories. The awards ceremony takes place in Amsterdam in April 2017, and is followed by an exhibition of the winning photographs which will subsequently tour 45 countries. This was the 60th edition of the 10,000-euro prize for the best press photograph of the year.

For further information visit www.worldpressphoto.org

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