A raised index finger and the hatred in sight: The winning photo of the World Press Photo Award 2017 by Burhan Ozbilici shows the assassination attempt on Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador in Ankara. It was one of last year's most unreal press moments - and it is probably the most controversial world press photo of recent years. “I think Burhan was incredibly brave and showed incredible calmness when he managed to remain calm during the assassination attempt and take such an impressive photo”, says Stuart Franklin, Chairman of the World Press Photo Jury.
This year, the jury selected the world press photo of the year 2017 from over 80,000 entries. A total of 45 photographers were awarded in eight categories, including three Germans. More than 5000 photographers from 125 countries took part in the world famous award. The 10,000 euro prize for the world press photo of the year was awarded for the 60th time.
More than 100 of the submitted photos are currently on display at the World Press Photo Exhibition in Oldenburg. You will also find some of the winning photos in the following gallery: