FLAMIN’ GOOD SNAP WINS TOP PRIZE

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

AN im­age of a man run­ning while en­gulfed in flames dur­ing a protest in Venezuela has been awarded the World Press Photo of the Year 2018.

Win­ner Ron­aldo Schemidt was awarded first prize and €10,000 ($15,860) for his pho­to­graph – ti­tled Venezuela Cri­sis – yes­ter­day in Am­s­ter­dam. He works for AFP and is based in Mex­ico.

Mr Schemidt pho­tographed 28-year-old Jose Vic­tor Salazar Balza dur­ing the vi­o­lent protests against Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro in Cara­cas in May 2017. Mr Balza was pic­tured af­ter be­ing caught in the flames of an ex­ploded mo­tor­cy­cle fuel tank. He sur­vived with first- and sec­ond-de­gree burns.

The im­age was de­scribed as a “clas­sic photo with en­ergy and dy­namism” by jury chair­man Mag­dalena Her­rera. THE re­cently closed clas­si­fied ad­ver­tis­ing web­site Back­page and its CEO have pleaded guilty to fed­eral con­spir­acy charges in the US.

Back­page – ac­cused of be­ing the big­gest web­site for pros­ti­tu­tion in the world, with its clas­si­fieds used to pro­mote paid-for sex with mi­nors and vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing – was abruptly shut down by US au­thor­i­ties on April 6.

Ac­cord­ing to a plea deal, the com­pany’s CEO Carl Fer­rer, 57, has agreed to co-op­er­ate in the prose­cu­tion of al­leged co­con­spir­a­tors Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, 68.

Pic­ture: AP

The World Press Photo of the Year is called Venezuela Cri­sis, by Ron­aldo Schemidt.

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