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2017 World Press Photo Awards
February 13, 2017 11:45 GMT
The winners have been selected for photojournalism's most prestigious awards. Top prize went to Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press for his image of the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey.
Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, December 19, 2016.
The winning World Press Photo Of The Year, from Burhan Ozbilici of Associated Press, was also part of a series, "An Assassination in Turkey", which won the Spot News - Stories category. Ozbilici captured the moments before and after Altintas, an off-duty policeman, drew a handgun and shot Karlov at a photo exhibition.
Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported airstrike on the rebel-held al-Salihin neighborhood of Aleppo on September 11, 2016.
Spot News -- First Prize, Stories (Ameer Alhalbi for AFP)
Eritreans migrants seen cramped in the hold of a large wooden boat which carried approximately 540 men women and children, mostly Eritreans.
Spot News -- Third Prize, Stories (Mathieu Willcocks, MOAS)
Children wait as Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses in Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Islamic State militants, equipment, and evidence, on November 2, 2016.
General News -- First Prize, Singles (Laurent Van der Stockt, Getty Reportage for Le Monde)
Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate in an alley where 37-year-old Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning in Manila, Philippines.
General News -- First Prize, Stories (Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times)
A tied, decomposed body is seen at the site of a mass grave that was discovered on the outskirts of Hamam, Iraq.
General News -- Second Prize, Stories (Sergey Ponomarev, for The New York Times)
Soon after he surrendered, an Islamic State militant is violently dragged by Libyan fighters affiliated with the government in Tripoli while they shout and threaten to lynch him on December 5, 2016. A few minutes later he was found dead in the same place, shot multiple times.
General News -- Third Prize, Stories (Alessio Romenzi)
At a hospital in Kabul, Najiba holds her two-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast on March 29, 2016.
Daily Life -- First Prize, Singles (Paula Bronstein, for Time Lightbox/Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting)
"Cuba On The Edge Of Change" -- A weathered barber shop in Old Havana.
Daily Life -- First Prize, Stories (Tomas Munita, for The New York Times)
Modern civilization penetrates slowly. It is intricately woven into the local way of life. In Russia’s extreme north, century-long ways of life dominate the daily life of some of the most isolated parts of the desolate landscape.
Daily Life -- Second Prize, Stories (Elena Anosova)
Sisters Olga and Adelina Lim Hi, two of the few Korean descendants who do not have mixed heritage. Their grandfather was Im Cheon Taek, one of the leading figures of the earliest Korean community in Cuba.
People -- First Prize, Stories (Michael Vince Kim)
On December 28, each year, the Floured War takes place in Ibi in the province of Alicante, Spain. During the festival, citizens are divided into two groups: the Enfarinat (the floured) group simulates a coup d'etat and a second group tries to calm the rebellion. The teams play with flour, water, eggs and colored smoke bombs. The 200-year-old tradition known as Els Enfarinats marks the biblical Massacre of the Innocents by King Herod.
People -- Second Prize, Stories (Antonio Gibotta, Agenzia Controluce)
Protestor Ieshia Evans is confronted by law enforcement at a demonstration near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 9, 2016.
Contemporary Issues -- First Prize, Singles (Jonathan Bachman, Reuters)
A woman is supported by two men while crossing a river, as these refugees attempt to reach Macedonia using a route that would bypass a border fence, on March 14, 2016.
Contemporary Issues -- Second Prize, Singles (Vadim Ghirda, AP)
A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed at a police blockade during the Standing Rock protests near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
Contemporary Issues -- First Prize, Stories (Amber Bracken)
Adriana Cordeiro Soares bathes her son Joao Miguel, who was born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, in her house in the rural area of Sao Vicente do Serido, Brazil.
Contemporary Issues -- Second Prize, Stories (Lalo de Almeida, for Folha de Sao Paulo)
Cars burned in battle in Ukraine.
Long-Term Projects -- First Prize (Valery Melnikov, Rossiya Segodnya)
Women play pool in a men's-only gym in Iran.
Long-Term Projects -- Second Prize (Hossein Fatemi, Panos Pictures)
Muddy York Rugby Football Club player Jean Paul Markides (left) kisses his partner and teammate Kasimir Kosakowski during the Pride Parade on Sunday, 3 July 2016, in Toronto, Ontario.
Sports -- First Prize, Stories (Giovanni Capriotti)
Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse Sir Des Champs at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse, on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.
Sports -- First Prize, Singles (Tom Jenkins, The Guardian)
A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on June 8, 2016.
Nature -- First Prize, Singles (Francis Perez)
Lulah, an orphaned rhinoceros from Kruger National Park in South Africa, is comforted by Dorota Ladosz from Care For Wild Africa, a donor-run organization that specializes in caring for wounded animals.
Nature -- First Prize, Stories (Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic magazine)
Seven-year-old giant panda Min Min nurtures her newborn at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China.
Nature -- Second Prize, Stories (Ami Vitale, for National Geographic Magazine)
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