World Press Photo Contest Reveals 2018 Winners

During its recent gala in Amsterdam, the World Press Photo organisation announced the winners of its 61st annual photography contest. Despite fierce competition, the jury was forced to select just a handful of images from more than 73,044 photos by 4,548 photographers across 125 different countries. This year’s grand prize was awarded to Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt, earning him the title of Press Photographer of the Year. 

Venezuela Crisis (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt)

Taken by Schemidt for Agence France-Presse (AFP), the winning image is entitled Venezuela Crisis. It shows 28-year-old José Víctor Salazar Balza during a violent clash with anti-riot police at a protest against president Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. The young man was set on fire after a motorbike exploded next to him. Balza survived the incident but was left with first and second degree burns covering his body. 

A powerful image, this year’s finalist is, nonetheless, less controversial than 2017’s prize winner, which showed the moment an off-duty Turkish police officer shot dead the Russian Ambassador to Turkey. At the time, the organisation was accused of sensationalising an act of terror. From Myanmar to Nigeria, the rest of this year’s striking selection documents a year of shocking events around the world. You can check out some of the finalists below. 

Long-Term Projects, first prize stories

Je suis Waldviertel, Austria, 2014. (Photo: Carla Kogelman)

General news

Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar, 2017. (Photo: Patrick Brown)

The Battle for Mosul, Iraq, 2017. (Photo: Ivor Prickett)

Contemporary Issues

Lagos Waterfronts Under Threat, Nigeria, 2017. (Photo: Jesco Denzel

Banned Beauty, Cameroon, 2016. (Photo: Heba Khamis)

Environment

Waiting for Freedom, South Africa, 2017. (Photo: Neil Aldridge)

Wasteland, Nigeria, 2017. (Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen)

Nature

Dumpster Diver, United States, 2017. (Photo: Corey Arnold)

Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants, Kenya, 2017. (Photo: Ami Vitale)

People

Resignation Syndrome, Sweden, 2017. (Photo: Magnus Wennman)

Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs, Nigeria, 2017. (Photo: Adam Ferguson)

Sports

Royal Shrovetide Football, Great Britain, 2017. (Photo: Oliver Scarff)

Child Jockey, Indonesia, 2017. (Photo: Alain Schroeder)


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