By Jenny Brewer
This year’s winners of the World Press Photo awards were unveiled on Friday 13 April, with Ronaldo Schemidt’s shocking image of a Venezuelan protestor on fire taking the top prize. The photograph was taken in May 2017 and captures 28-year-old José Víctor Salazar Balza during protests against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Violent clashes against riot police saw protestors wearing hoods, masks and gas masks, lighting fires and throwing stones; José was set alight when a gas tank of a motorbike exploded but survived with first – and second-degree burns. The photo was commissioned by Agence France Presse.