‘VENEZUELA CRISIS’—In this image released by World Press Photo April 12, which won the World Press Photo of the Year and the first prize Spot News singles category, titled “Venezuela Crisis” by Ronaldo Schemidt for Agence France-Presse shows José Víctor Salazar Balza catching fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela, May 3, 2017. (Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP, World Press Photo via AP)
AMSTERDAM (AP)—A spine-tingling photo of a young man on fire during clashes in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas during the protest against President Nicolas Maduro has won the World Press Photo of the Year.
The photo by Agence France-Presse journalist Ronaldo Schemidt won both the overall honors and the category for Spot News Single on Thursday in Amsterdam. Jury chair Magdalena Herrera called it “a classical photo” that gave her “an instantaneous emotion.”
‘BANNED BEAUTY’—This image released by World Press Photo April 12, titled “Banned Beauty,” by Heba Khamis, which was awarded first prize in the category Contemporary Issues stories, shows Kamini Tontines, from Bafang, western Cameroon, hiding her breasts after her mother has ironed them, Nov. 6, 2016. Breast ironing is a traditional practice in Cameroon that involves massaging or pressing the breasts of pubescent girls in order to suppress or reverse breast development. The practice is carried out in the belief that it will delay maturity and help prevent rapes or sexual advances. (Heba Khamis, World Press Photo via AP)
The photo shows a man who was in flames after a gas tank on his motorcycle exploded. He escaped with second-degree burns. Schemidt is a photographer for AFP based in Mexico.
In all, 4,548 photographers from 125 countries entered photos in eight categories. The top photo won a prize worth 10,000 euros ($12,300).
‘WARRIORS’—This image released April 12, titled “Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” by Ami Vitale for National Geographic, was awarded first prize in the Nature stories category shows a rescued baby elephant being tended at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya, Sept. 29, 2016. (Ami Vitale for National Geographic, World Press Photo via AP)