“The best visual journalism is not of something; it is about something. It should matter to the people to whom it speaks. Today the World Press Photo Foundation continues to play the role it began with in 1955 because the juries in our contests nominate the best photographers and producers. The great work in this 2018 edition of our contests helps us fulfill our purpose: connecting the world to the stories that matter.” said Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation during the official presentation of this year nominees.
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. Each nominated photograph, including all singles and stories in seven of the eight contest categories (excluding Long-Term Projects) is eligible for the World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be revealed on April 12, in Amsterdam.
This year six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year are:
by Australian photographer Patrick Brown who has lived and worked in Thailand for nearly 20 years.
September 28, 2017 – The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors.
Commissioned by Panos Pictures/Unicef
by Ronaldo Schemidt who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1971.
May 3, 2017 – José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.
Commissioned by Agence France Presse
The Battle for Mosul
by Ivor Prickett from Ireland. Most recently Ivor’s work has focused on the fight to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with a particular focus on the battle for Mosul.
March 15, 2017 – Civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighbourhood.
Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived.
by Adam Ferguson who was born and grew up in regional New South Wales, Australia.
September 21, 2017 – Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.
Witnessing the immediate aftermath
by Toby Melville, a photographer from the United Kingdom.
Commissioned by Reuters
The Battle of Mosul
by Ivor Prickett.
July 12, 2017 – An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers.