The most coveted photojournalism award in the world is marked by powerful images that combine deep emotional impact and supreme technical skill. Forty-two photographers from 22 countries were nominated this year.
In 1955, a group of Dutch photographers began the global World Press Photo contest as a vehicle to showcase their work internationally. The annual award has since grown into one of the world's most celebrated photography prizes for its commitment to telling powerful stories. This year's winner of the World Press Photo of the Year is a graphic image of a Venezuelan protester on fire, a stunning metaphor for a nation in deep political crisis. In addition to the overall winner, the following gallery shows the 2018 World Press Photo award recipients from diverse categories — as well as the winner from a previous year. All images and captions are courtesy of the World Press Photo Foundation.