The 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Contest Winners

From photographs of humans at their best and worst,  to those of  endangered animals and environmental destruction, this is a fascinating – and at times disturbing and depressing – commentary on our world and its inhabitants.


3rd prize, Spot News single image: Mideast Crisis Iraq Mosul, by Goran Tomasevic, Reuters. March 3, 2017  An Iraqi Special Forces soldier some moments after shooting dead a suspected suicide bomber, during the offensive to retake Mosul.


2nd prize, Spot News single image: Car Attack, by Ryan M. Kelly, The Daily Progress. August 12, 2017: People are thrown into the air as a car plows into a group of protesters demonstrating against a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in Virginia, USA.


A striking image of a Venezuelan protester engulfed by flames has won the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Contest.   The annual award honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in that year.

newsweek.com: The 2018 World Press Photo of the Year Contest Winners

3rd prize, Environment single image: March 11, 2017: Photograph of African penguin colony from late 1890s and now in 2017

3rd prize, Environment single image: March 11, 2017: A historic photograph of an African penguin colony, taken in the late 1890s, is a stark contrast to the declining numbers seen in 2017 in the same location, on Halifax Island, Namibia. The colony once numbered more than 100,000 penguins.