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Ronaldo Schemidt, Agence France-Presse, Venezuela Crisis, World Press Photo of the Year
Anna Boyiazis, Finding Freedom in the Water, Menschen, 2nd prize stories
Neil Aldridge, Waiting for Freedom, Environment, 2nd prize singles
Ivor Prickett, for the New York Times, The Battle for Mosul, General News, 1st prize stories
Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star-Tribune, Not My Verdict, General News, 2nd prize singles
Adam Ferguson, for The New York Times, Aisha - 14 years old, People, 1st prize stories
Thomas P. Peschak, Jump, Nature, 2nd prize singles




Since 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation, an independent platform for photojournalism based in Amsterdam, has organized the most prestigious contest in the field of press photography. A jury judges the entries from all over the world. A picture by Agence France-Presse photographer Ronaldo Schemidt, taken in May 2017 during demonstrations in Caracas against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and his planned constitutional reforms, has been named the World Press Photo of the Year.

Further topics in the contest include the rise of Nationalism in the USA, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, often overlooked by the western public, the ongoing battles in northern Iraq and the life of refugees after their arrival in Europe. For the first time, awards were given out in the newly established section Environment, which is concerned with the human impact on our ecosystem. In total, 42 photographers from 22 countries were awarded in eight categories. The judges reviewed more than 73,000 photos by 4,548 candidates from 125 different countries.

It is the seventeenth time in a row that WestLicht hosts the World Press Photo exhibition. As icons of the recent past, the awarded single images and photo series form a unique retrospective of last year’s events, covering topics from the areas of politics, society, sports and nature.