The 2017 Photo Contest drew entries from around the world: 5,034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, New Zealand, Turkey, UK, USA.

The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2017 is Burhan Ozbilici. Its picture–which also won first prize in the Spot News Stories category–shows how Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, at an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey, on 19 December 2016. Altıntaş wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout.
Mary F. Calvert, member of the jury, spoke about the winning photograph: “it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomizes”.
The Italian winners are: Giovanni Capriotti with Boys Will Be Boys, first prize Sport-storiesFrancesco Comello with Isle of Salvation third prize Daily Life-storieAntonio Gibotta with Enfarinat, third prize People-stories and Alessio Romenzi with We are not Taking any Prisoners third prize General News-stories.