Photojournalism proves its impact anew with the winners of the 60th annual contest

Bearing witness to the momentous events of our time while preserving them for the public, photojournalists don’t just live in the moment; They save it for posterity. Each year, the best of the best are celebrated at the annual World Press Photo exhibit, a global competition where last year’s images are judged, selected and then presented simultaneously around the globe.

With over 80,000 images submitted by 5,034 photographers to a jury of their peers, the contest is one of the world’s most prestigious with 45 honored in 8 categories. With 2016 a particularly tumultuous year, the competition was stiff, especially within the major topics like the war in Syria, the struggle against ISIS and the plight of refugees seeking to Europe. One image emerged, however: this year’s winner is An Assassination in Turkey, by Burhan Ozbilici. A stark image of the moment after Mevlüt Mert Altintas shot Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov at a gallery in Ankara, Ozbilici caught the moment when the agitated killer brandished his gun and made the IS salute.

While increasingly under fire from the ubiquity of camera phones and social media, visual journalism still captures our emotions in compelling or brutal ways. Their often explosive subject matter confirming the visceral power of images; this selection, from breaking news to human interest, nature and sport, once again proves that point.

Through Oct 22, Westlicht. 7., Westbahnstrasse 40. westlicht.com

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Is a Croatian born writing for Metropole. After moving around, she decided to make Vienna her hometown, where she is currently pursuing her MSc in Communications. In her free time, she is attending exhibitions, photographing or analyzing data.