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Ronaldo Schemidt's image of a Venezuelan protester turned into a human torch during cross swords with riot police was voted Photo of the Year by the jury of the prestigious World Press Photo competition.
Ronaldo Schemidt, a Venezuelan citizen, started working with AFP in 2004 and in 2006 joined the Mexico City bureau where he is now based. He has covered many events for the Agency, encompassing the Copa America in Argentina, the World Cup in Brazil and Mexico's drugs war.
His first-place winning image also took the top prize in the 'Boils Singles' category.
Ronaldo Schemidt's image was chosen from 73,044 images enchanted by 4,548 photographers from 125 different countries.
The annual World Press Photo of the Year, now in its 61st year, honours a photographer 'whose visual creativity and dexterities made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.'
Magdalena Herrera, director of photography Geo France and leader of the jury, said about selecting the World Press Photo of the Year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun: "The photo of the year has to tell an event, that is important adequacy, it also has to bring questions…it has to engage and has to show a point of view on what happened in the world this year."
Commenting on the winning metaphor, Magdalena Herrera added: "It’s a classical photo, but it has an instantaneous energy and dynamic. The colours, the movement, and it’s very superbly composed, it has strength. I got an instantaneous emotion…"
Last year, Burhan Ozbilicil was awarded the top title for his idol that showed how Mevlüt Mert Altintas, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, at an art exhibit in Ankara.
View all the awarded images on the World Press Photo website.