Picture of Russian ambassador's assassination wins international award

The photo of the gunman who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December has won the World Press Photo of the year competition.

It was the 60th year of this award, which "honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year", according to the World Press Photo Foundation. 

The assassination photo was snapped by Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for the Associated Press in Istanbul, moments after the attack. 

Mary F Calvert, member of the jury, said the winning photograph "was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times.

"Every time it came on the screen you almost had to move back because it's such an explosive image, and we really felt that it epitomises the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is."

The 2017 contest drew entries from around the world: 5034 photographers from 125 countries submitted 80,408 images.