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World's best press photos

"It was an extremely difficult decision, but in the end the majority of the selection committee was persuaded by the explosiveness of the image," says jury member Mary F. Calvert about selecting the winner. The winning photograph was taken by Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici, and shows the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, by the 22 year-old police officer Mevlüt Mert Altintaş at the opening of a photo exhibition in Ankara on 19 December 2016. "It gets to the heart of the presently widespread hate," continues Calvert: "We had the impression that this photo really embodies what the World Press Photo of the Year is all about."

5,034 press photographers from 125 countries took part in this year's competition to find the best press photos of the year. The judges chose from over 80,000 works and awarded prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries.

Ozbilici's photo can now also be seen alongside numerous other outstanding press photos from around the world from 15 September to 22 October in Vienna's Galerie WestLicht. Every year, around three million people in 45 countries visit the roaming exhibition, which always makes a stopover in Vienna in the autumn. The "World Press Photo" photojournalism prize has been awarded since 1955.

World Press Photo 2017

15 September - 22 October 2017
extended opening hours: daily from 11.00 am - 7.00 pm, Th from 11.00 am - 9.00 pm

Westlicht Center for Photography

Westbahnstraße 40 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Fr, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 14:00 - 21:00
    • Sa - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
    • on holidays, 11:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 15 Steps (Swinging doors   90  cm  wide )
        via private elevator, please make prior arrangements
    • Elevator available
      • 160 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 140 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Side entrance and exhibition rooms reachable with the elevator, door width: 140 - 180 cm. 

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