The Big Issue : Edition 541
THE BIG ISSUE X MONTH – X MONTH 2017 25 THE WINNERS OF THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO CONTEST CAPTURE PAIN, JOY AND TRIUMPH AROUND THE WORLD. BIRTHS,DEATHS & SUNFLOWERS Syrian photographer Ameer Alhalbi (who entered as Walid Mashhadi, for his own safety) bears witness to the razing of Aleppo and the suffering of civilians caught in the crossfire of the conflict between rebel forces and those loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Their struggle is illuminated in an image of rescuers saving a baby from a collapsing building. Racial tensions continue to rage in the US, coming to a head this time last year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A powerful image captured by Jonathan Bachman shows protestor Iesha Evans standing her ground against a blockade of police officers. While the police are armored in riot gear, Iesha stands tall, calm, defiant. With each passing year, the issue of humanity’s impact on our environment becomes more and more pressing. Francis Pérez reminds us of this with his image of a northeast Atlantic loggerhead turtle – now considered an endangered species – entangled in discarded fishing nets off the coast of the Canary Islands (see p3). Looking through these photos at all the chaos and calamity of a year gone by can leave you with a heavy heart. But then Valery Melnikov brings us an image from Spartak in Ukraine. It’s a region heavily burdened by violence, but while buildings fall to the ground around him, a man waters sunflowers that have burst through the asphalt. With the news of the world so often bringing us stories of death and destruction, sometimes we need to be reminded that goodness can thrive anywhere if you nurture it. by Liam Harding » See more at worldpressphoto.org.