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World Press Photo Of The Year 2018 Prize Winners Announced

By Kishore Sawh on April 13th 2018

In February, World Press Photo announced a shift in how they present the awards, and listed the nominees. Now, at this juncture, the the grand prize winner has been chosen, and probably comes as little surprise, for an image as visceral as that cannot go unnoticed. Here it is:

The image was captured by Ronaldo Schemidt, and titled: Venezuela Crisis. It depicts a 28 year old José Victor Salazar Balza, on fire in Caracas, Venezuela in just one of the many clashes between Maduro’s Venezuela government and the people opposed to it. With some amount of good fortune, Victor survived.

Magdalena Herrera, director of photography Geo France and chair of the jury, said about selecting the World Press Photo of the Year:

“The photo of the year has to tell an event, that is important enough, it also has to bring questions…it has to engage and has to show a point of view on what happened in the world this year.

It’s a classical photo, but it has an instantaneous energy and dynamic. The colours, the movement, and it’s very well composed, it has strength. I got an instantaneous emotion…”

Many of you will remember last year’s winner, which could be described similarly, yet perhaps not classical. The image, An Assassination in Turkey, ricocheted around the world on print and screen in a way only something truly visceral could’ve. It was shocking, poignant, and bizarre to see so much about the conflicts in the world referenced in a single frame, one taken by Burhan Ozbilici in the face of a situation that would terrify the strongest of us. Unlike this year’s winner, it is neither particularly beautiful nor the paragon of classic technique, but it’s a brilliant reminder to those of us in this profession/trade to focus on substance and art and not gear.

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The six finalists were chosen from over 73,000 submissions from over 4,500 photographers in 125 countries, so they are not choosing from the bottom. While the accolade in itself is of the utmost value, the premier award, the World Press Photo of the Year, will see the winner receive 10,000 euros, and Canon will present the winning photographer with a selection of camera equipment.

Nominees have their travel and lodging paid for by the World Press Photo Foundation to Amsterdam so they can attend the World Press Photo Festival, an event taking place 13-14 April featuring photographer presentations, screenings, and talks. They also receive a diploma and a Golden Eye Award at the Awards Show.

See the 6 nominees below, and click here for the other notable entries.

*Warning: Some of the images depict violence and may be uncomfortable for some viewers.

One of six World Press Photo of the Year Nominees: ‘Rohingya Crisis’, by Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownphoto), Australia, @PanosPictures, for @Unicef. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 28 September 2017 The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Press Photo Foundation just announced the nominees in each category of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest. This includes, for the first time, revealing six Photo of the Year Nominees. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow the link in our bio to see the full list of 2018 awards nominees! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 2018 Photo Contest (#WPPh2018) drew entries from around the world: 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. The independent jury selected 312 photographs by 42 photographers from 22 countries, over an intensive anonymous judging process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winners of the Photo of the Year, will be named at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.

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One of six World Press Photo of the Year Nominees: ‘Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. – Aisha, age 14’, by Adam Ferguson (@adamfergusonphoto), Australia, for @nytimes ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 September 2017 Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Press Photo Foundation just announced the nominees in each category of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest. This includes, for the first time, revealing six Photo of the Year Nominees. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April. Follow the link in our bio to see the full list of 2018 awards nominees! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 2018 Photo Contest (#WPPh2018) drew entries from around the world: 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. The independent jury selected 312 photographs by 42 photographers from 22 countries, over an intensive anonymous judging process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winners of the Photo of the Year, will be named at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.

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One of six World Press Photo of the Year Nominees: ‘Witnessing the Immediate Aftermath of an Attack in the Heart of London’ by Toby Melville, UK, @Reuters ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 22 March 2017 A passerby comforts an injured woman after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuring multiple others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Press Photo Foundation just announced the nominees in each category of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest. This includes, for the first time, revealing six Photo of the Year Nominees. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow the link in our bio to see the full list of 2018 awards nominees! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 2018 Photo Contest (#WPPh2018) drew entries from around the world: 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. The independent jury selected 312 photographs by 42 photographers from 22 countries, over an intensive anonymous judging process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winners of the Photo of the Year, will be named at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.

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One of six World Press Photo of the Year Nominees: ‘The Battle for Mosul – Lined Up for an Aid Distribution’ by Ivor Prickett (@ivorprickett), Ireland, for @nytimes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 15 March 2017 Civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighbourhood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Press Photo Foundation just announced the nominees in each category of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest. This includes, for the first time, revealing six Photo of the Year Nominees. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow the link in our bio to see the full list of 2018 awards nominees! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 2018 Photo Contest (#WPPh2018) drew entries from around the world: 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. The independent jury selected 312 photographs by 42 photographers from 22 countries, over an intensive anonymous judging process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winners of the Photo of the Year, will be named at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.

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One of six World Press Photo of the Year Nominees: ‘The Battle for Mosul – Young Boy Is Cared for by Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers’ by Ivor Prickett (@ivorprickett), Ireland, for @nytimes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 12 July 2017 An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The World Press Photo Foundation just announced the nominees in each category of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Digital Storytelling Contest. This includes, for the first time, revealing six Photo of the Year Nominees. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow the link in our bio to see the full list of 2018 awards nominees! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The 2018 Photo Contest (#WPPh2018) drew entries from around the world: 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. The independent jury selected 312 photographs by 42 photographers from 22 countries, over an intensive anonymous judging process. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Winners of the Photo of the Year, will be named at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.

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