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.
Australian 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.”
World Press Photo is a free exhibition at the State Library of NSW from 27 May to 25 June 2017. Galleries are open until 8pm Monday to Thursday, and until 5pm Friday to Sunday.