Fiery pic­ture wins World Press Photo

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AM­S­TER­DAM: The spec­tac­u­lar im­age of a man run­ning while en­gulfed in flames dur­ing a protest in Venezuela has been judged the World Press Photo of the Year 2018.

Win­ner Ron­aldo Schemidt was awarded first prize and € 10 000 (R149 000) for his pho­to­graph – ti­tled “Venezuela Cri­sis” – on Thurs­day evening in Am­s­ter­dam.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Schemidt works for French news agency AFP and is based in Mex­ico.

He pho­tographed Jose Vic­tor Salazar Balza, 28, dur­ing the vi­o­lent protests against Pres­i­dent Nicolas Maduro in Cara­cas in May 2017.

Balza, who wears a gas mask, 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 chair­per­son Mag­dalena Her­rera.

“He not only rep­re­sents him­self and his own burn­ing, but also the idea of a burn­ing Venezuela,” said jury mem­ber Whit­ney C John­son.

Ir­ish pho­tog­ra­pher Ivor Prick­ett was nom­i­nated twice in this year’s main cat­e­gory for his work in Mo­sul.

Over­all, 42 pho­tog­ra­phers were awarded in eight sep­a­rate cat­e­gories while more than 4 500 pho­tog­ra­phers with more than 73 000 pho­tos par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion. All win­ning pho­tos will be shown in ex­hi­bi­tions in 45 coun­tries. – dpa/ African News Agency (ANA)

PIC­TURE: RON­ALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Via REUTERS

The win­ning im­age of the World Press Photo of the Year 2018, taken by Ron­aldo Schemidt, shows Jose Vic­tor Salazar Balza catch­ing fire amid vi­o­lent clashes with riot po­lice dur­ing a protest against Pres­i­dent Nicolas Maduro, in Cara­cas, Venezuela on May...

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