Since 1955, the World Press Photo Exhibition has been known for broadcasting some of most powerful moments throughout the year. From the blockbuster headlines to the quiet everyday happenings, the selected photographs capture the essence of what is happening around the world. This year’s pool of finalists was selected from a huge showing of entries – 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images. A total of 42 photographers from 22 countries were awarded in eight categories including Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, People, Sports and Spot News.
Some of the images from World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 are truly breathtaking, evoking a huge range of emotions – as all true art should. This year’s World Press Photo of the Year is one you may already be familiar with, and it comes from the brilliant mind (and lens) of Mexico-based Ronaldo Schemidt. The image entitled ‘Venezuela Crisis’ shows 28-year-old José Víctor Salazar Balza ablaze amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Remarkably, José survived the ordeal. The photograph made such an impact that it also took out first prize in the Spot News Single category.
Want to see some of the best moments in history? The World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 lands at Brisbane Powerhouse from June 30 to July 22 and is free to view, so take a look!
Image one: Ronaldo Schemidt shot for Agence France-Presse
Image two: Patrick Brown – Panos Pictures for Unicef
Image three: Adam Ferguson for The New York Times