Sports, Second Prize Stories
The Annual World Press Photo Contest, now in its 59th year, has grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. On Feb. 18, 2016, the contest’s jury announced the winning images. To see all the winners visit the <a href="http://www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2016" target="external">2016 Contest gallery</a>.Pictured, BB Bisma Ndoye defeats the wrestler Maraka Dji in the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar, Sierra Leone, April 5, 2015.
Christian Bobst, Switzerland, 2015
Contemporary Issues, Third Prize Singles
The 2016 contest drew entries from around the world: 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 41 photographers from 21 countries. Pictured, Lamon Reccord stares down a police sergeant during a protest following the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police in Chicago, Nov. 25, 2015.
John J. Kim, USA, 2015, Chicago Tribune, March Against Police Violence
General News, Second Prize Stories
A wounded Syrian girl cries at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, Syria, Aug. 12, 2015.
Abd Doumany, Syria, 2015, Agence France-Presse
Nature, Second Prize Stories
Ugandan soldiers cross a river while on patrol against the Lord's Resistance Army close to the border of the DRC in Mbeki, Central African Republic, Nov. 26, 2014.
Brent Stirton, South Africa, 2015, Getty Images for National Geographic
General News, Third Prize Singles
Aerial view of the destruction after the explosion in Tianjin, China, Aug. 15, 2015.
Chen Jie, China, 2015, Tianjin Explosion
Long - Term Projects, Second Prize Stories
Howie sits beside his wife Laurel as they get their weekly chemotherapy treatments. Greenwich, Connecticut, Jan. 30, 2013.
Nancy Borowick, USA, 2015
General News, Third Prize Stories
A woman cries as the body of her daughter is recovered from the rubble of her destroyed home in Gumda, Nepal, May 8, 2015.
Daniel Berehulak, Australia, 2015, for The New York Times
Nature, Second Prize Singles
Divers observe and surround a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they swim around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico, Jan. 28, 2015.
Anuar Patjane Floriuk, Mexico, 2015, Whale Whisperers
People, Second Prize Stories
Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as “Maya” for the “Las Mayas,” a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain. The girls are required to sit still for a couple of hours in a decorated altar.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza, Spain, 2015, The Associated Press
Long - Term Projects, Third Prize Stories
A woman sits next to models of military weapons at a festival for the "Kimilsungia" and "Kimjongilia" flowers, named after the country's late leaders, in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 24, 2013.
David Guttenfelder, USA, 2015
Contemporary Issues, Second Prize Stories
Migrants wrapped in emergency blankets two days after being rescued catch sight of the Italian coast for the first time; Strait of Sicily, Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 23, 2015.
Francesco Zizola, Italy, 2015, Noor
Sports, Third Prize Singles
Members of the Neptun Synchro synchronized swimming team perform during a Christmas show in Stockholm, Dec. 13, 2015.
Jonas Lindkvist, Sweden, 2015, Dagens Nyheter, Neptun Synchro
Daily Life, First Prize Stories
The winter expedition crew of a Russian research team and a Chilean scientist drink Samagon, a homemade vodka, in a bedroom of the Bellingshausen Antarctica base in Fildes Bay, Antarctica, Nov. 28, 2015.
Daniel Berehulak, Australia, 2015, for The New York Times
Daily Life, Third Prize Stories
Papo Reto collective members taking pictures and videos of the Special Police Forces tank car patrolling in the streets of Vila Alianca after a taxi driver was shot by police; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 8, 2015.
Sebastian Liste, Spain, 2015, Noor
Daily Life, First Prize Singles
Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, Nov. 26, 2015. A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming.
Kevin Frayer, Canada, 2015, Getty Images, China's Coal Addiction
Spot News, First Prize Stories
A wounded man walks out of a dust cloud following reported airstrikes in the town of Hamouria, Syria, Dec. 9, 2015.
Sameer Al-Doumy, Syria, 2015, Agence France-Presse
Contemporary Issues, First Prize Stories
Runaway talibes stand on the bank of Senegal river, Saint Louis, Senegal, May 20, 2015.
Mario Cruz, Portugal, 2015
Sports, Third Prize Stories
Erison Turay plays in a practice match with female members of the Ebola Survivors Football Club in the city of Kenema, Sierra Leone, April 21, 2015.
Tara Todras-Whitehill, USA, 2015, Vignette Interactive
Contemporary Issues, Third Prize Stories
Emily rubs sleep from her eyes while feeding Reid, as Kate holds Eddie during a late-night feeding in Maplewood, N.J., Dec. 30, 2015.
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, 2015
Long - Term Projects, First Prize 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 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 U.S. 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. This image, taken in Fayetteville, North Carolina, March 21, 2014.
Mary F. Calvert, USA, 2015
Nature, First Prize Stories
A veterinarian from International Animal Rescue carries a Bornean orangutan baby from a house where it was kept illegally as a pet in the village of Sungai Besar, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, July 27, 2015.
Tim Laman, USA, 2015
Sports, First Prize Stories
Players in the locker room of HC Vetluga at halftime, Vetluga, Russia, Feb. 19, 2015.
Vladimir Pesnya, Russia, 2015, Sputnik
World Press Photographer of the Year
This year, Australian photojournalist Warren Richardson took top honors and was awarded World Press Photographer of the Year. The World Press Photo of the Year honors the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year. Richardson image, pictured, shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary. Richards camped with the refugees for five days on the border. Pictured, a man passes a baby through the fence at the Serbia/Hungary border in Roszke, Hungary, Aug. 28, 2015.
Warren Richardson, Australia, 2015, Hope for a New Life