Just a quick post: Some of you will already have seen the World Press Photo Of The Year 2017, which is shown above. It is certainly a dramatic and shocking moment, taken just seconds after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead by 22 year old off-duty policeman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, on the 19th of December, 2016.
The World Press Photo organisation has experienced controversy in the past, but this latest award bring with it no drama beyond the photographs themselves. Submissions for the 2016 award covered a wide range of issues and with approaches that ranged from gritty frontline images, through to almost conceptual and fine art leaning series. One can only imagine the huge challenge this presents for the judges, because they’re having to compare chalk with cheese as objectively as they can. What we do know is that the decision was not a unanimous one, which is hardly surprising.
You can find the collection of 2017 awarded photographs here. My question is for readers: Which photograph would you have picked and why? Do you think the horrific immediacy of Burhan Ozbilici’s photograph makes it the obvious winner? If so, how does it compare to the following image and how might the two be compared?
Do you think another image/series is more compelling? In short, I’d love to hear any thoughts, opinions or observations you might like to share!