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The winners of the World Press Photo 2017 contest, selected from more than 80,000 images, were announced on February 13. Four Russian photographers — Valery Melnikov, Kristina Kormilitsyna, Sergey Ponomarev and Elena Anosova won the awards. An image taken by Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici at the moment of assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year.
Set up in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation sees is mission in promoting the work of visual journalists. The annual contest is now reputed as one of the most prestigious events in photojournalism. This year’s contest drew the some 80,000 images taken by more than 5,000 photographers from 125 world countries. The jury of internationally recognized professionals in the area of photojournalism awarded prized in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries, including four Russian nationals.