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Rome | The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - May 16, 2017

The exhibition World Press Photo 2017 takes place at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome from April 28 through May 28, 2017. The exhibition runs at the same time in Lisbon and Sevilla.

cover-image: © Elena Anosova; Out Of The Way; Dogs sleep outside all year round. Local crossbreeds are known for their hunting skills. Daily Life Second Prize, Stories

The Word Press Photo Award is one of the most important prizes in photojournalism, and each year an independent jury of international experts evaluates thousands of entries submitted to the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam by photojournalists from all over the world.
The award encompasses eight categories: Contemporary Issues ; Daily Life ; General News ; Long Term Projects ; Nature ; People ; Sports and Spot News. Winners have been selected among 80,408 works shot by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries.

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© Burhan Ozbilici, The Associated Press; An Assassination in Turkey.
Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, at an art gallery in Ankara. World Press Photo of the Year

This year, the most important award, the Word Press Photo of the Year, went to Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici for his picture, made moments after the shooting of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, killed in an Ankara art gallery in December 2016.

The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.  Mary F. Calvert, member of the jury, spoke about the winning photograph: “It was a very very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the picture of the Year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times. Every time it came on the screen you almost had to move back because it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomizes the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means.”

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© Jaime Rojo, Monarchs In The Snow.
A carpet of monarch butterflies covers the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico, after a snowstorm. The severe storm hit the mountains of Central Mexico on 8 and 9 March, just as wintering colonies of the butterflies were starting their migration back to the USA—a journey of more than 4,500 kilometers. The butterflies are surprisingly resilient and can survive several days in sub-zero temperatures as long as they remain dry, but it was unclear how badly the snowstorm affected the colonies. After a general decline in monarch populations, with numbers dipping by 90 percent since the 1990s, there had been a recent increase, and the winter had been seen as a possible turning point for the species. Nature – Third Prize, Singles

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© Lalo de Almeida, for Folha de São Paulo, Victims Of The Zika Virus.
Adriana Cordeiro Soares bathes her son João Miguel, who was born with microcephaly connected to the Zika virus, in São Vicente do Seridó, Paraiba, northeastern Brazil. Contemporary Issues – Second Prize, Stories

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© Jonathan Bachman, Reuters. Taking A Stand In Baton Rouge.
Iesha Evans (27) stands her ground at a rally against police violence against black men, outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA, on 9 July. Evans had travelled to Baton Rouge to protest the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot at close range while being held to the ground by two white police officers on 5 July. Contemporary Issues – First Prize, Singles.

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© Darren Calabrese, Adaptive Athlete.
Lindsay Hilton hangs from an adapted bar for a series of butterfly pull-ups.
Sports – Third Prize, Stories

World Press Photo 2017
April 28 / May 28, 2017

Palazzo delle Esposizioni
via Nazionale, 194, Rome
http://www.palazzoesposizioni.it/categorie/mostra-world-press-photo-2017

Images: Courtesy of https://www.worldpressphoto.org/

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