In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism.1 The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that we’re living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism.
The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the finalist of their renowned World Press Photo of the Year contest. The 2018 contest is the 61st, and for the first time, the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year are revealed.
Over 4,500 photographers from 125 countries submitted their photos. There were over 73,000 to judge. As always, the final selection of photos contains storytelling, powerful and moving images. However, some of them contain graphic content, so viewer discretion is advised.
Burhan Ozbilici, the photographer who documented the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, won the World Press Photo of the Year. On December 19, 2016, he was at an exhibition opening in Ankara, when the incident occurred. As he said back then, he was only doing his job. As the crowd started panicking, Ozbilici remained calm and documented what he witnessed. The photo went viral almost instantly and the reactions were different and pretty intense.