World Press Photo Contest 2017 winners

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View the entire collection of winning images from the 60th World Press Photo Contest. They were selected from 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 125 different countries.

Photographer Burhan Ozbilici won the World Press Photo of the Year award for “An Assassination in Turkey”. Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, 19 December 2016.

Many discussions arose about the winner. One of them you can read on The New York Times: The World’s Best Photo?

Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, at an art gallery in Ankara.

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was assassinated by an off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, while he was speaking at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on 19 December. Altintas shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and later said in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.” He was killed in a shootout after Turkish Special Forces arrived at the gallery. Russia and Turkey supported opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, with Russia backing forces loyal to the Syrian government and Turkey supporting certain rebel groups. In the months prior to the attack, relations between the two countries had developed into a strategic partnership, with each curbing their support in their own strategic interest.

Burhan Ozbilici was born in Erzurum in eastern Turkey.

The son of a Turkish intellectual and a hero of Turkey’s War of Independence, Burhan had a classical high school education in different Turkish cities. He studied French at an institute in Ankara and then studied media journalism in French. He studied French literature and history at the same institute while working as an editor with a group publishing literary works, novels, weekly and monthly magazines.

He has worked as a reporter for several Turkish newspapers, including a Turkish newspaper in English (Turkish Daily News), before joining The Associated Press (AP) as a full-time photo stringer in 1989. He has been an AP staff photographer since 1996.

For the AP, he has covered the Gulf crisis in Saudi Arabia (1990), the first Gulf War at the Turkey-Iraq border, Kurds’ exodus to Turkey, and their return to Iraq after the war in 1991. He has covered all the major stories in Turkey, including the failed military coup in July 2016, northern Iraq, earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan, as well as several assignments in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Cyprus, France, and the central Asian former Soviet Republics Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. He has also covered the crisis in Syria.

His loves are arts and literature (French, Turkish and Russian); Provence (France); Turkey’s Olympos (Antalya); and his cats Koc, BoBo, and Binnaz.

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