60th World Press Photo Contest winners on show

Friday, 26 May 2017

The world’s best photojournalism from 2016 will be showcased at the State Library of NSW for the 17th year with the opening of the World Press Photo Exhibition on Saturday 27 May 2017.

The highly anticipated exhibition will feature over 150 incredible images selected from 80,408 entries by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries, as part of the renowned World Press Photo Contest, now in its 60th year.

A ustralian photographers Daniel Berehulak (freelance photojournalist based in Mexico) and Cameron Spencer (staff photographer with Getty Images, based in Sydney) are among this year’s winners.  

The coveted Photo of the Year was awarded to Burhan Ozbilici’s picture of 22‐year‐ old off‐duty police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouting after he shot Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. The image was captured on 19 December 2016, shortly before Altıntaş was killed.

Jury member Mary F. Calver has described Ozbilici’s winning entry as an “explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times…it epitomizes the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.”

According to acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Lucy Milne: “The State Library is pleased to be hosting such an important international exhibition for the 17th year. As a world‐renowned memory institution, we share the World Press Photo Foundation’s commitment to documenting and providing access to the stories, issues and events facing our world.”

“For this year exhibition we’re extending the opening hours until 8pm from Monday to Thursday, so that as many people as possible get to experience this must‐see exhibition.”

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