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Captivating Winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest

PRESEVO, SERBIA - OCTOBER 7, 2015: A child refugee is covered with raincoat while she waits in line to get registered in Presevo refugee registration camp. Most of the refugees who crossed Serbia try to continue their route towards Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and other countries of the European Union.

The winners of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest were recently announced, and this year’s collection of stunning entries showcases an amazing variety of humanity across the globe. Each year, the World Press Photo Foundation collects the most powerful images that summarize some of the global events that dominated the news over the past 12 months. With 82,951 entries submitted by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries the array of imagery is staggering, each photograph a breathtaking example of the ability that photography has to communicate moments of humanity.

World Press Photo of the Year, and winner of First Prize in the Spot News category

Hope for a New Life by Warren Richardson

A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border. Although multiple entries in this year’s World Press Photo competition covered the migrant crisis from multiple angles, and this haunting image stood out for the jury. Richardson: “I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.” Taken in Röszke, Hungary, on August 28, 2015.

Migrants crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary.

 

People, Second Prize Winner, Stories

A 'Maya' girl sits in an altar during the traditional celebration of 'Las Mayas' on the streets of the small village of Colmenar Viejo, near Madrid, Spain Saturday, May 2, 2015. The festivity of 'Las Mayas' comes from pagan rites and dates from at least the medieval age, appearing in ancient documents. It takes place every year in the beginning of May and celebrates the arrival of the spring. A girl between 7 and 11years is chosen as 'Maya' and should sit still, serious, and quiet for a couple of hours in an altar on the street decorated with flowers and plants, afterwards they walk to the church with their family where they attend a ceremony. Not more than four, or five girls are chosen as a Maya each year.

La Maya Tradition by Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

 

Nature, Third Prize Winner, Singles

Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballystics and some incandescent rockfalls. Photo taken on dec. 13 at 22:24 hours, 12.5 km away from the crater near a lagoon named Carrizalillos on Comala municipality in the state of Colima. Colima Volcano had a period of enormous activity on july of 2015, at least 700 inhabitants were evacuated from their settlements. The volcano mantains activity with 3 to 6 explosions by day. Lightning on Colima Volcano explosions became common on last months. This particular lightning is more than 600 meters long, so the big light made clear some details of the south portion of volcano. It's an 8 seconds shot, time enough to catch the explosion and the lightning. Photo: Sergio Velasco

by Sergio Velasco Garcia

Daily Life, Third Prize Winner, Singles

2016 World Press Photo Contest 4

Into the Light by Zohreh Saberi / Mehrnews Agency

Contemporary Issues, First Prize Winner, Singles

2016 World Press Photo Contest 5

Haze in China by Zhang Lei / Tianjin Daily

Contemporary Issues, Third Prize Winner, Singles

Lamon Reccord, left, scolds a police sergeant during a police violence protest and march at State and Randolph streets Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

By John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune

Sports, First Prize Winner, Singles

BEAVER CREEK,COLORADO,USA,08.FEB.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Birds of Prey, Alpine combined, downhill, men. Image shows Ondrej Bank (CZE). Ondrej Bank (CZE) crashed during the downhill race of the alpine combined at the FIS World Champioships 2015 in Beaver Creek. Keywords: crash. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

By GEPA pictures / Christian Walgram

Long-Term Projects, First Prize Winner, Stories

US Army Spc. Natasha Schuette, 21, was pressured not to report being assaulted by her drill sergeant during basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Though she was hazed by her assailant’s fellow drill instructors, she refused to back down and Staff Sgt. Louis Corral is now serving four years in prison for assaulting her and four other female trainees. The US Army rewarded Natasha for her courage to report her assault and the Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response & Prevention office distributed a training video featuring her story. She is now stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Sexual Assault in America’s Military by Mary F. Calvert / Zuma Press

Daily Life, Second Prize Winner, Stories

<> on October 30, 2015 in UNSPECIFIED, China.

Bliss Dharma Assembly by Kevin Frayer / Getty

Daily Life, Third Prize Winner, Stories

February 2015 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Raul, the leader of Papo Reto collective, just receive an image of the mototaxi driver Diego da Costa Algavez (22), who was shoot to died by a cop in a near favela. They received a message at the collective WhatsApp and inmeditely their shared on their social media, including Facebook, Instragram and Facebook, to alert the local population and be aware that it will be dangerous to walk around that area and also the keep the community well informed. Inmediately they change their path and go straight to the place where a driver died.

Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas by Sebastian Liste / NOOR

Daily Life, Second Prize Winner, Stories

<> on October 30, 2015 in UNSPECIFIED, China.

Bliss Dharma Assembly by Kevin Frayer / Getty

Nature, First Prize Winner, Singles

Sunbather oblivious to the ominous shelf cloud approaching - on Bondi beach. A massive “cloud tsunami” looms over Sydney in a spectacular weather event seen only a few times a year. The enormous shelf cloud rolled in from the sea, turning the sky almost black and bringing violent thunderstorms in its wake.

Storm Front on Bondi Beach by Rohan Kelly / Daily Telegraph

People, Third Prize Winner, Singles

2016 World Press Photo Contest 13

Lost Family Portraits by Dario Mitidieri

Nature, Second Prize Winner, Singles

2016 World Press Photo Contest 14

Whale Whisperers by Anuar Patjane Floriuk

Sports, Second Prize Winner, Stories

2016 World Press Photo Contest 15

The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal by Christian Bobst

People, First Prize Winner, Singles

PRESEVO, SERBIA - OCTOBER 7, 2015: A child refugee is covered with raincoat while she waits in line to get registered in Presevo refugee registration camp. Most of the refugees who crossed Serbia try to continue their route towards Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and other countries of the European Union.

Waiting to Register by Matic Zorman

 

General News, Third Prize Winner, Singles

2016 World Press Photo Contest 17

Tianjin Explosion by Chen Jie

Daily Life, First Prize Winner, Singles

<> on December 10, 2015 in UNSPECIFIED, China.

China’s Coal Addiction by Kevin Frayer / Getty

Contemporary Issues, First Prize Winner, Stories

Talibes sleep together inside a daara in Saint Louis, north of Senegal, May 21, 2015. The daara with over 30 children has no clean water and barely no electricity. Children sleep on the concrete floor without any protection.

Talibes, Modern-day Slaves by Mario Cruz

Spot News, Second Prize Winner, Singles

© Corentin Fohlen/ pour Stern et Paris Match/ Divergence. Paris, France. 11 janvier 2015. Manifestation a paris contre le terrorisme et en soutien aux victimes de l'attaque contre le journal Charlie Hebdo et l'epicerie casher.

March Against Terrorism in Paris by Corentin Fohlen / Divergence

Long-Term Projects, Third Prize Winner, Stories

At dusk, the skyline of central Pyongyang, North Korea.
At dusk, the skyline of central Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea: Life in the Cult of Kim by David Guttenfelder / AP

Contemporary Issues, Third Prize Winner, Stories

Kate often kept Emily company while she took baths. Late in the pregnancy, particularly once Emily was overdue, she said that baths were one of the easiest ways to relax her body. Kate, who became pregnant three weeks later than Emily, showed less, and the two would often compare their baby bumps and talk to each other’s bellies.
Kate often kept Emily company while she took baths. Late in the pregnancy, particularly once Emily was overdue, she said that baths were one of the easiest ways to relax her body. Kate, who became pregnant three weeks later than Emily, showed less, and the two would often compare their baby bumps and talk to each other’s bellies.

Emily and Kate and Eddie and Reid by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

Nature, First Prize Winner, Stories

Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) Batang Toru Population Unidentified unflanged adult male making threatening display towards, Togus, the resident adult flanged male Batang Toru Forest Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project North Sumatran Province Indonesia

Tough Times for Orangutans by Tim Laman

Contemporary Issues, Second Prize Winner, Stories

Some of the 95 migrants on board a sinking rubber dinghy frantically climb on board a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB) launched to their rescue by the M.S.F. (Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders) Bourbon Argos search and rescue ship patrolling the Mediterranean Sea. 21 August 2015. In 2015 the ever-increasing number of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea on unseaworthy vessels towards Europe led to an unprecedented crisis. Nearly 120 thousand people have reached Italy in the first 8 months of the year. While the European governments struggled to deal with the influx, the death toll in the Mediterranean reached record numbers. Early in May the international medical relief organization Médecins Sans Frontières (M.S.F.) joined in the search and rescue operations led in the Mediterranean Sea and launched three ships at different stages: the Phoenix (run by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station), the Bourbon Argos and Dignity.

In the Same Boat by Francesco Zizola / NOOR

Nature, Second Prize Winner, Stories

NZARA, SOUTH SUDAN: Michael Oryem, 29, is a recently defected Lord's Resistance Army fighter who's former L.R.A group is involved in the poaching of Ivory in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Garamba is a former base of operations for the LRA and a major source of financing for the notorious group. Oryem is seen with 2 of 6 ivory tusks that he hid and then led the Ugandan forces to inside the border region of the Central African Republic. He claims that the LRA killed many elephants in Garamba National Park in the DRC and that he was ordered by Joseph Kony, the LRA's notorious leader, to bring the ivory to him in Darfur, South Sudan. Ivory is now a real means of financing for the LRA, it is used for both food and weapons supplies and is traded to the Sudanese Army who transports it north to Khartoum. Oryem was abducted by the group when he was 9 and lived with them for over 17 years in the wild. He was made a commander in the group at the age of 12. The LRA is infamous for the killing and abduction of thousands of civilians across multiple countries. He defected and is now a recent new member of the Ugandan Army, UPDF, African Union force hunting the LRA.

Ivory Wars by Brent Stirton / Getty Images for National Geographic

General News, First Prize Winner, Stories

1 - Migrants and refugees arrived by boat in November near the village of Skala on the Greek island of Lesbos. Under Europe’s system of open internal borders, the island’s thinly patrolled, easily accessible coastline, within sight of the Turkish coast, might as well be the frontier of France or Germany or Sweden.

Reporting Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Sergey Ponomarev / New York Times

Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece.Taken on November 16, 2015.

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