Photographer of the year 2017: Zohra Bensemra

By Zohra Bensemra/Reuters, and Matt Fidler

This year the picture desk has chosen the Reuters photojournalist Zohra Bensemra as agency photographer of the year. From the drought in Somalia to the conflict in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State to elections in her home country of Algeria, here Bensemra talks about her work as well as some of her favourite assignments and images of the year

How would you describe 2017 from your point of view of a news photographer?

I think 2017 has been a tough year for the world in terms of war, disaster, human rights abuses, refugee crises and famine. Even people who live in once stable countries are facing terrorist attacks. I feel that no one feels safe these days.

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