Photographer Ronaldo Schemidt of Venezuela has won the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year prize for his photo taken during violent clashes between riot police and protesters in Caracas. Schemidt’s photo shows a protestor set on fire when the gas tank of a motorcycle exploded.
Magdalena Herrera, chair of the World Press jury and director of photography at Geo France, said in a statement, “It’s a classical photo, but it has an instantaneous energy and dynamic.” Schemidt will receive a cash prize of 10,000 Euros (about $12,327 US) and equipment provided by Canon.
Schmeidt’s image, which also won the top prize in the category of Spot News/Singles, was chosen from among six finalists. The other finalists were shot by Ivor Prickett (who had two images chosen), Patrick Brown, Adam Ferguson and Toby Melville.
Prickett, who is from Ireland, won General News/Stories for his coverage of the battle of Mosul. Brown, an Australian, won General News/singles for his photo from the Rohingya crisis. Ferguson, who is Australian, won 1st place in the People/Stories category for his portraits of teenage girls for the story “Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived.” David Becker of the US won Spot News/Stories for his coverage of the October 2017 mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas.
Carla Kogelman of the Netherlands won Long-Term Projects for her story about children growing up in a village in an isolated rural area of Austria. US photographers Corey Arnold and Ami Vitale won for Nature/Singles and Nature/Stories respectively.
Additional categories this year include Contemporary Issues, Sports, and Environment. A full list of winners in each category can be found at www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2018
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