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Here are the 6 Finalists for World Press Photo of the Year 2018

For the first time in its history, the most prestigious photojournalist prize in the world has unveiled the finalists of its Photo of the Year contest before selecting a winner. The 6 nominees were unveiled today by the World Press Photo.

Warning: The photos displayed below depict graphic violence and may be disturbing to some viewers.

The winner will be announced at a special Awards Show in Amsterdam on April 12th, 2018. Here are the 6 finalist photos in alphabetical order of the photographer’s last name:

#1. “Rohingya Crisis”


© Patrick Brown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef

28 September 2017. The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors.

#2. Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. – Aisha, age 14.


© Adam Ferguson, for The New York Times

21 September 2017. Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.

#3. Witnessing the Immediate Aftermath of an Attack in the Heart of London


© Toby Melville, Reuters

22 March 2017. A passerby comforts an injured woman after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuring multiple others.

#4. The Battle for Mosul – Lined Up for an Aid Distribution


© Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times

15 March 2017. Civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighbourhood.

#5. The Battle for Mosul – Young Boy Is Cared for by Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers


© Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times

12 July 2017. An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers.

#6. Venezuela Crisis


© Ronaldo Schemidt, Agence France-Presse

3 May 2017. José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.

Here’s a video in which this year’s jury discusses why they selected these 6 nominees:

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