Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today sends its congratulations to Burhan Ozbilici (The Associated Press), the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year. The winning photograph depicts the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, by gunman Mevlut Mert Altintas, while he was speaking at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday, December 19, 2016.
The World Press Photo Contest, now in its 60th year, is internationally recognised as the world’s most prestigious competition for photojournalists. The judges of the contest, which has been sponsored by Canon since 1992, selected one image as the winning Press Photo of the Year from the 80,408 photos submitted by 5,034 professional photographers.
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Speaking on behalf of Canon Europe, Richard Shepherd, Professional Marketing Manager said: “Canon is once again proud to support the World Press Photo Contest, which we have now sponsored for 25 years. During every contest, we are reminded of the skill, determination and outright bravery that photographers demonstrate in capturing their stories. We share their passion for visual storytelling and send congratulations to the winner, Burhan Ozbilici, as well as everyone else who took part this year.”
Burhan Ozbilici captured his winning image on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and, impressively, more than 50% of the winning photos were shot on Canon cameras. The Turkish photographer's winning photograph also won first place in the Spot News – Stories category.
Other category winning entries taken on Canon cameras include:
© Jonathan Bachman, REUTERS
Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge.
Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
Contemporary Issues – Singles category. USA.
© Amber Bracken
Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EOS 7D Mark II with EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF50mm f/1.4 USM and EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lenses.
Contemporary Issues – Stories category. Canada.
© Paula Bronstein, Time Lightbox/Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting
The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War.
Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
Daily Life – Singles category. USA.
© Laurent Van der Stockt, Getty Images Reportage for Le Monde
Offensive on Mosul.
Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an EF24-105mm f/4L USM lens.
General News – Singles category. France.
© Francis Pérez
Caretta Caretta Trapped.
Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens.
Nature – Singles category. Spain.
© Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine
Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and EF35mm f/1.4L II USM lenses.
Nature – Stories category. South Africa.
© Magnus Wennman, Aftonbladet
What ISIS Left Behind.
Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III with EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and TS-E45mm f/2.8 lenses.
People – Singles category. Sweden.
© Tom Jenkins, The Guardian
Grand National Steeplechase.
Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
Sports – Singles category. UK
© Giovanni Capriotti
Boys Will Be Boys.
Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens.
Sports – Stories category. Canada.
© Jamal Taraqai, EPA (European Pressphoto Agency)
Pakistan Bomb Blast.
Taken on a Canon EOS 700D.
Spot News – Singles category. Pakistan.
© Antonio Gibotta
On 28th December each year, in Ibi, Spain “The floured’s war” takes place. It links to the day of the massacre of innocents, when Herod, King of Judea, ordered to kill each baby in order to find Jesus.
Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens.
People – Stories category. Italy.
As the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year, Burhan Ozbilici will receive a cash prize from World Press Photo at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on 22 April 2017.
In addition, Canon Europe will give him Canon equipment of his choice. The prize-winning pictures will be presented in an exhibition visiting more than 100 cities in over 45 countries during the course of 2017, and will be seen by more than 3.5 million people worldwide. This year’s first World Press Photo exhibition opens in Amsterdam on 16 April with the exhibition displays being printed on Canon large-format and Arizona flatbed printers. In addition, Canon and World Press Photo will be running a series of 80 lectures, entitled “Reflections”, at educational facilities across Europe. Each one will focus on professional photojournalism and the power of photography.
Further information about World Press Photo is available at www.worldpressphoto.org