The 2018 World Press Photo of the Year contest: And the Nominees are...

This image from World Press Photo of the Year nominee Patrick Brown shows the bodies of Rohingya refugees laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometres off Inani Beach, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors. © Patrick Brown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef

An image of a masked protester engulfed in flames as he protested the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was named as the World Press Photo of 2017. The photo by Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt took the top prize for his image of the demonstrator who caught fire after a motorcycle exploded during a violent protest. 

“It’s a classical photo, but it has an instantaneous energy and dynamic,” Magdalena Herrera, director of photography at Geo France and the chair of this year’s jury, told The Washington Post. “The colors, the movement, and it’s very well composed, it has strength. I got an instantaneous emotion.”

Whitney Johnson of National Geographic, also a member of the jury, said the protest picture was "quite symbolic." "The man, he has a mask on his face. He’s come to sort of represent not just himself and himself on fire, but sort of this idea of Venezuela burning,” Johnson told The Post. 

Update: See the winners in this Newsweek gallery. 

The World Press Photo Foundation announces its top picks in its international contest every year. The competition is considered one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world, bringing professional images and the stories they tell to millions of people. "The annual photo contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism," the foundation states on its website. "Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world."

The winner is awarded a cash prize of 10,000 euros and a free trip to Amsterdam during the World Press Photo Festival.

The second-place win was awarded to Ryan M. Kelly for his photo of a car plowing into a crowd of demonstrators during a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. 


This image from the World Press Photo of the Year contest shows a girl kidnapped by Boko Haram. © Adam Ferguson, for The New York Times
In this photo by Toby Melville, a passerby comforts an injured woman after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, killing five and injuring multiple others. © Toby Melville, Reuters
In this photo by Ivor Prickett for The New York Times, civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighborhood. © Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times
In this photo by Ivor Prickett for The New York Times, an unidentified young boy is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers. © Ivor Prickett, for The New York Times
In this photo by Ronaldo Schemidt, José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. © Ronaldo Schemidt, Agence France-Presse
In this nature photo by Corey Arnold, a bald eagle feasts on meat scraps in the garbage bins of a supermarket in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. © Corey Arnold
In this photo by Michael Patrick O'Neill, a flying fish swims below the surface in the Gulf Stream late at night, offshore from Palm Beach, Florida. © Michael Patrick O'Neill
Thomas P. Peschak took this photo of rockhopper penguins live up to their name as they navigate the rugged coastline of Marion Island, a South African Antarctic Territory in the Indian Ocean. © Thomas P. Peschak
Jasper Doest took this photo that looked at an increasing macaque population in Japan's countryside. © Jasper Doest
Jasper Doest's photo shows how in recent years, the Japanese macaque, best known as the snow monkey, has become habituated to humans. © Jasper Doest
This Jasper Doest photo shows how in cities, macaques are tamed and trained for the entertainment industry. © Jasper Doest