World Press Photo 2017: Russian ambassador’s killing photo wins award

An image of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, has taken first prize in the 2017 World Press Photo awards.

Burhan Ozbilici’s chilling image was captured in the seconds after the assassination of Andrey Karlov. Karlov was shot at an art gallery in Ankara in December 2016. The image depicts the rage and fury of the gunman, policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas, while the ambassador’s body lies lifeless in the background.

Burhan Ozbilici/AP

Jury chair Stuart Franklin called Ozbilici’s image “an incredibly hard-hitting news photograph,” AP reported. The photo went viral around the world following the assassination.

The World Press Photo awards have been running since 1955. This year, the jury awarded prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries.

Ozbilici’s image, selected between 80,408 photos taken by 5,034 photographer from 125 different countries, has become the third assassination photo which was granted this World Photo of the year.