A doctor rubs ointment on a gravely burnt 16-year-old ISIS fighter lying on a hospital bed in Syria; on the background, as if watching over or passing judgement on the scene, is a large portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Depending on the beholder, the photo, published in The New York Times, can elicit different emotions — pity, horror, vengeance or even schadenfreude. But there’s no denying its power, which is why it earned Brazilian photographer Mauricio Lima first prize at the World Press Photo 2016 competition in the General News category.
Lima also won the second prize in the Daily Life category for this photo of indigenous Mundukuru children playing in the Tapajós River in the Brazilian Amazon. The photo ran on now-defunct Al Jazeera America.
Both photos are part of a traveling exhibit that is bringing the best of World Press Photo to 100 cities in 45 countries. Lima is the only Brazilian photographer represented in the exhibit, but Sebastián Liste, who jets back and forth between his native Spain and Brazil, won third prize in the Daily Life category for a series of photos that accompanied a The New York Times Magazine piece on Papo Reto, a media activist collective at Rio de Janeiro’s Complexo do Alemão favela.
The exhibit is on view at Rio’s Caixa Cultural museum until June 21; pay a virtual visit through the photos below, and go here to see if the exhibit is coming to your neck of the woods!
Exhibit photos by Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil