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Harrowing image from Venezuela named 2018 World Press Photo of the Year (NSFW)

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Published Apr 13, 2018
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dpreview staff

Finalists for 2018 World Press Photo of the Year were announced in February; now, a winning photo has been selected. Ronaldo Schemidt’s image titled ‘Venezuela Crisis’ takes the top prize, chosen from six semi-finalists and 73,044 total contest entries.

The image, displayed below, is disturbing and may not be suitable for children or viewing in the workplace. It depicts José Victor Salazar Balza on fire during a violent clash between police and protestors. He survived with first- and second-degree burns.

Title: Venezuela Crisis
© Ronaldo Schemidt, Agence France-Presse

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

Schemidt’s image won first prize in the Spot News, Singles category. All winning images can be seen at the World Press Photo website.

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