World Press Photo picture murder Ambassador

The photo of the murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey, Andrey Karlov, is Monday named the best picture of the year.

Burhan Ozbilici, photographer for The Associated Press, made the photo and wins the 2016, the World Press Photo jury on Monday in Amsterdam.

On the picture to see the 22-year-old police officer after he on 19 december in Ankara the Russian at the opening of a photo exhibition has shot. His index finger in the air and he his weapon down. In the background is the victim.

According to the jury the choice fell on the work of Ozbilici because of "the explosive photo that really reflects the hatred of our time". Jury President Stuart Franklin calls the winner a "incredible brave man, who has done his work heroic because he happened upon a press conference was changed in such a tragedy".


The Turkish photographer, who was present at the ceremony, told about what went through him when he made the photo series. "Run away was not an option," he said. "I had to do my job, even though I might be killed or seriously injured." He gushed his forehead with sweat and at the same time he had the freezing cold. "But a voice in me said, go ahead, it will succeed." Afraid not, but later he was very sad about the fact that there is a "good man" was murdered, he said.

For the 60th Edition of the prestigious photo contest more than 5000 photographers from 125 countries sent more than 80,400 pictures in it. The jury has in eight categories prizes awarded to 45 photographers from 25 countries. Among the winners are no Dutch.


The winner of the World Press Photo will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euro. All photos contained in the prices are cases, to see the coming year in an exhibition, which opens on april 14 in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Then travels to 45 countries. The exhibition attracts more than 4 million visitors.

For the first time at the same time were also the winners of the Digital storytelling Contest, where online productions. The Dutch entry was Future Cities third prize in the category Innovative storytelling.

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