AP journalist Burhan Ozbilici wins 2017 World Press Photo competition



    AP journalist Burhan Ozbilici wins 2017 World Press Photo competition

    Feb.13, Brasilia: AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici has won the 2017 World Press Photo competition for his image of the assassin of Russia's ambassador to Turkey, media reports said.

    In the photo Mevlut Mert Altintas shouted after shooting Andrei Karlov at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, on December 19, last year.

    Ozbilici's winning photo was part of a series titled "An Assassination in Turkey" which also won the Spot News - Stories category, which he captured in the moments before and after Altintas, an off-duty policeman, drew a handgun and shot Karlov at the photo exhibition.

    Authorities would later confirm that Ambassador Andrey Karlov, 62, was dead. Altintas was killed after a 15-minute shootout.

    The exhibition, titled "From Kaliningrad to Kamchatka, from the eyes of travellers" featured photos from Russia's westernmost Baltic region to the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the east.

    After the incident, Ozbilici said: "I decided to attend simply because it was on my way home from the office."

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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