Touch­ing Mo­sul im­age wins AFP pho­tog­ra­pher award nod

Ivor Prick­ett, who has two of his shots from the Iraqi city, in the run­ning for the pres­ti­gious ti­tle

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Asear­ing im­age of a Venezue­lan pro­tester who caught fire dur­ing clashes with riot po­lice has won AFP pho­tog­ra­pher Ron­aldo Schemidt a nom­i­na­tion for the World Press Photo of the Year award.

The pic­ture by the Mex­i­cobased pho­tog­ra­pher for Agence France-Presse is among six im­ages taken by five pho­tog­ra­phers nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious an­nual prize, the World Press Photo Foun­da­tion in Am­s­ter­dam re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The win­ner will be an­nounced on April 12, and recog­nise the pho­tog­ra­pher “whose vis­ual cre­ativ­ity and skills made a pic­ture that cap­tures or rep­re­sents an event or is­sue of great jour­nal­is­tic im­por­tance in the last year”, it said.


The four other fi­nal­ists in­clude Pa­trick Brown of Panos Pic­tures, for his shock­ing shot of the bod­ies of drowned Ro­hingya refugees; Adam Fer­gu­son of the New York Times with a som­bre veiled por­trait of one of the Boko Haram vic­tims and Reuters pho­tog­ra­pher Toby Melville, with his im­age of a passerby com­fort­ing an in­jured woman af­ter the West­min­ster Bridge at­tack in Lon­don.

Round­ing out the nom­i­nees is Ivor Prick­ett, also from Panos Pic­tures, who has two of his shots taken in the Iraqi city of Mo­sul in the run­ning for the pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

“The best vis­ual jour­nal­ism is not of some­thing, it is about some­thing. It should mat­ter to the peo­ple to whom it speaks,” said Lars Bo­er­ing, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the World Press Photo Foun­da­tion.


An im­age nom­i­nated for the Pic­ture of the Year at the World Press photo con­test shows an uniden­ti­fied young boy­car­ried out of the last Daesh-con­trolled area in the Old City of Mo­sul, Iraq.

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