Özbillici shot the famous photograph of the public assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, by an off-duty Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas that made the front pages of international newspapers. The photographer's quick thinking and instinct carried him through the tense moment, and although scared, he did not panic. "I immediately decided to stand and do my job," he said during the press conference before the opening of the exhibition.
Not all of the 152 photojournalists showing their works had to deal with such difficult decisions. Included in the massive assortment of images are those of nature and art, daily life and sports but also, indeed, many of strife and war that demand courage from those documenting them. Of more than 80,000 images submitted by over 5,000 photojournalists from 126 countries, the jury awarded prizes to 45 photographers from 25 countries.
The exhibition is like a visual journey through the year's major events and is broken into eight categories: Spot News, General News, Contemporary Issues, Sports, Nature, Daily Life, People and Long-Term Projects. Many of the images are truly iconic, like Amber Bracken's shot taken at the camp of protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline, or Valery Melnikov's photograph of the dire conditions in the Ukrainian village of Spartak. Others, despite breathtaking beauty are in fact images of despair like that of a loggerhead turtle entangled in abandoned fishing gear off the coast of Tenerife by Francis Pérez, which garnered him First Prize in the Nature category (Singles). In the Daily Life category, Elena Anosova's touching photograph of two dogs in a small settlement near the Nizhnyaya Tunguska River in the far north of Russia won her the Second Prize (Stories) while the Second Prize in Long-Term Projects went to Hossein Fatemi for his striking photograph of female relatives of men killed during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) offering prayers at a memorial site near the Iraqi border.
Numerous complementary exhibitions to World Press Photo Montreal offer yet more fascinating images
Not to be missed.

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August 30 to October 1, 2017

Amber Bracken, Standing Rock

Elena Anosova, Out of the Way

Valery Melnikov, Black Days Of Ukraine

Hossein Fatemi, An Iranian Journey

Francis Pérez, Caretta Caretta Trapped