Every year the Canadian War Museum presents the winning images from the annual World Press Photo contest.
The 2018 exhibition, which runs until Aug. 12, includes more than 160 large-format images that capturing events around the world.
“World Press Photo – Exhibition 2018 is a dramatic overview of the year’s most newsworthy events and human experiences, from Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar to young women kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria,” said Caroline Dromaguet, acting director general of the Canadian War Museum in a media release.
This year, 4,548 photographers from 125 countries submitted 73,044 images to the competition.Forty-two photographers from 22 countries were recognized eight categories including contemporary issues, environment, general news, long-term projects, nature, people, sports and spot news.
Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt won the World Press Photo of the Year for his image of a man set on fire by an exploding motorcycle, amid violent clashes between riot police and protesters in Caracas.
Canadian photojournalist Kevin Frayer won second prize in the general news category for his series of photos capturing the flight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Frayer, a previous World Press Photo award winner in 2009 and 2016, photographed some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled from Myanmar on foot or by boat, many dying along the way, the release said.
Other winning entries depict subjects ranging from the Battle of Mosul in Iraq, to white nationalists in the United States, to the van attack on London’s Westminster Bridge in March 2017.
The World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 is on view in 100 cities in 45 countries, is developed and circulated by the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After Ottawa, the exhibition will travel to Montréal, Toronto and Chicoutimi.