Co-Editor of Lens Blog & Senior Staff Photographer
@ The New York Times
based in New York City
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James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is also a founder of Lens, the Times's photography blog and co-edits it with David Gonzalez. Mr. Estrin...
The World’s Best Photo?
Monday, February 13, 2017
Written by James Estrin
A dramatic image of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was named thePhoto of the Year in the 2017 World Press Photocontest. The photo was taken in December during a routine assignment at a photo exhibition that Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer, decided to attend at the last moment simply because it was on his way home. He arrived duringAmbassador Andrey G. Karlov’s speech, and within moments a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, opened fire. Although Mr. Ozbilici was no more than 15 feet from the gunman, he did not run.