2017 Photos

Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge

Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge

Jonathan Bachman (USA)

Contemporary Issues, first prize singles


Iesha Evans (27) stands her ground at a rally against police violence against black men, outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA. Evans had travelled to Baton Rouge to protest the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot at close range while being held to the ground by two white police officers on 5 July.

The fatal shooting of Sterling came at a time of heightened tension in the US over the deaths of black men at the hands of the police. Data collected by The Counted, an initiative set up by The Guardian to record such fatalities, found that in 2016, black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers. Evans was arrested at the protest, but released later that evening.

Commissioned by: Reuters

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About the Event:

Photographer Jonathan Bachman will speak at the opening of the World Press Photo Exhibition, discussing how his photograph became an icon of the discussion about relations between the police and the African American community.

About the host:

The Lightscape Foundation is a recently formed 501c3 dedicated to expanding interest in, knowledge of, and engagement with global current events through photojournalism. Lightscape is the driving force behind the return of the World Press Photo exhibition to Washington D.C. and is pioneering partnerships with local think-tanks, universities, embassies and civil society groups that can tell the stories behind this year's prize winning photographs.


Friday, 3 November


6:30 - 10 pm


World Press Photo Exhibition 2017
Dupont Underground
19 Dupont Cir NW
Washington, DC

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