On Monday, the winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Contest were announced. This year, a Hungarian photographer, Máté Bence, won third place in the prestigious contest’s nature photography category.
The Contest, which was held for the 60th time this year, honors press photographers “for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism.” This year, 5,034 photographers, from 125 countries, submitted 80,408 images to the contest. The winning 45 photographers, whose works were grouped into eight categories, came from 25 different countries around the world.
The winner of the contest’s grand prize, the World Press Photo of the Year, was taken by Burhan Ozbilici, who captured the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, on December 19th 2016.
Máté Bence’s photos, which won third prize in the ‘Nature stories’ category,
“combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos.”
Describing his experience of winning an award in this year’s contest, Bence wrote that “Among the images depicting blood, distress and sorrow, with my 10 photos, I managed to slip some beauty into the material of the International World Press Photo Contest. It is not easy to be selected into this material with the style represented by me; this is the first time I have succeeded in the past 10 years.”
You can view Bence’s award-winning photo series below:
Via index.hu, worldpressphoto.org, the BBC, and Bence Máté Facebook
Images via worldpressphoto.org