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38 Photos That Remind You How Amazing Photojournalism Really Is

According to the World Press Photo Contest, that is.

Posted on February 15, 2017, at 5:53 p.m. ET

The 60th Annual World Press Photo Contest winners were announced on Feb. 13. The mix of photos was a poignant recap of the events of 2016, starting with the dramatic image of the slain Russian ambassador in Turkey, which the jury named Photo of the Year.

“It was a very, very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the picture of the year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times," Mary Calvert, a juror, said in a statement. "Every time it came on the screen, you almost had to move back because it’s such an explosive image and we really felt that it epitomizes the definition of what the World Press Photo of the Year is and means."

A selection of images from the contest are below, and the full list of winners can be seen online.

World Press Photo of the Year

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
Burhan Ozbilici / AP Photo

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

Contemporary Issues, First Prize Singles

Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana.
Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana.

Contemporary Issues, Second Prize Singles

A woman is supported by two men while crossing a river as refugees attempt to reach Macedonia on a route that would bypass the border fence on Mar. 14, 2016.
Vadim Ghirda / AP Photo

A woman is supported by two men while crossing a river as refugees attempt to reach Macedonia on a route that would bypass the border fence on Mar. 14, 2016.

Contemporary Issues, First Prize Stories

Amber Bracken, Amber Bracken for BuzzFeed News

Morton County Sheriffs officials clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents, they've deployed militarized vehicles, water canons, and tear gas, and have been accused of using percussion grenades.

Daily Life, First Prize Stories

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on Dec. 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
Tomas Munita for The New York Ti

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on Dec. 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.

Contemporary Issues, Second Prize Stories

Marcela observes her twin sisters Heloá (right) and Heloisa (left), both with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, in her mother's lap at the family's home in the rural area of Areias, Brazil. The state of Paraíba, located in the Northeast region of Brazil, has one of the highest rates of microcephaly caused by the Zika virus in the country.
Lalo De Almeida

Marcela observes her twin sisters Heloá (right) and Heloisa (left), both with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, in her mother's lap at the family's home in the rural area of Areias, Brazil. The state of Paraíba, located in the Northeast region of Brazil, has one of the highest rates of microcephaly caused by the Zika virus in the country.

Daily Life, Second Prize Singles

Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon, July 15, 2016.
Tiejun Wang

Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon, July 15, 2016.

Daily Life, Third Prize Singles

A Uygur woman carries money in her stockings, a common practice, on a train ride from Kashgar, China. Uygur women, while Muslim, typically do not adhere to the conservative dress code that women in neighboring countries follow.
Matthieu Paley

A Uygur woman carries money in her stockings, a common practice, on a train ride from Kashgar, China. Uygur women, while Muslim, typically do not adhere to the conservative dress code that women in neighboring countries follow.

Contemporary Issues, Third Prize Stories

A pastor in Brazil, also living in the occupied buildings, is explaining all the construction problems. A couple of weeks ago the hall floors from a building crashed down at night. There are thought to be several million people in Brazil without a stable roof and the number is rising. Despite government housing schemes and anti-poverty policies, the “sem tetos, sem terras” (homeless and landless) face a bleak future.
Peter Bauza

A pastor in Brazil, also living in the occupied buildings, is explaining all the construction problems. A couple of weeks ago the hall floors from a building crashed down at night. There are thought to be several million people in Brazil without a stable roof and the number is rising. Despite government housing schemes and anti-poverty policies, the “sem tetos, sem terras” (homeless and landless) face a bleak future.

Daily Life, Second Prize Stories

Elena Anosova

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. There are no roads, and only one helicopter shuttle twice monthly. The residents’ ancestors can be traced back to hereditary hunters in a small settlement near Nizhnyaya Tunguska River, Russia, more than 300 years ago.

General News, Second Prize Stories

Residents of Mosul flee the city amid fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, on Nov. 16, 2016. In its sixth week, the military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State had bogged down in a grueling fight. Seeking to escape the bloodshed, more civilians than ever took the risk of evacuation, hoping to find help if they could make it past the militants’ gun range.
Sergey Ponomarev for The New Yor

Residents of Mosul flee the city amid fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, on Nov. 16, 2016. In its sixth week, the military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State had bogged down in a grueling fight. Seeking to escape the bloodshed, more civilians than ever took the risk of evacuation, hoping to find help if they could make it past the militants’ gun range.

General News, First Prize Stories

Jimji, 6, cries in anguish as she screams "papa" before funeral parlor workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, to Navotas cemetery on Oct. 9, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighborhood friends one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds were dumped under a nearby bridge. The police claim the men were alleged drug dealers while their family members say they had only surrendered themselves.
Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Jimji, 6, cries in anguish as she screams "papa" before funeral parlor workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, to Navotas cemetery on Oct. 9, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighborhood friends one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds were dumped under a nearby bridge. The police claim the men were alleged drug dealers while their family members say they had only surrendered themselves.

Long-Term Projects, First Prize Stories

A man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak, Ukraine, July 16, 2016. Ordinary people became victims of the conflict between self-proclaimed republics and the official Ukrainian authorities from 2014 onward in the region of Donbass.
Valery Melnikov for Rossia Segodnya

A man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak, Ukraine, July 16, 2016. Ordinary people became victims of the conflict between self-proclaimed republics and the official Ukrainian authorities from 2014 onward in the region of Donbass.

Long-Term Projects, Second Prize Stories

A Muslim taxi driver prays on the sidewalk while Tara and Soroush, two Iranian students who live downtown Chicago, celebrate their wedding day, Aug. 20, 2016. More than 60% of Iran's people are under the age of 30 and have little knowledge of their country before its transformation into a theocratic state. At the same time, they experience all the usual trappings of youth and modernity that are increasingly being beamed into homes via the internet and satellite TV stations, as yet still illegal.
Hossein Fatemi / Panos Pictures

A Muslim taxi driver prays on the sidewalk while Tara and Soroush, two Iranian students who live downtown Chicago, celebrate their wedding day, Aug. 20, 2016. More than 60% of Iran's people are under the age of 30 and have little knowledge of their country before its transformation into a theocratic state. At the same time, they experience all the usual trappings of youth and modernity that are increasingly being beamed into homes via the internet and satellite TV stations, as yet still illegal.

Nature, First Prize Stories

Lulah, a one-month-old rhino who was attacked by hyenas after her mother was killed. Lulah has a full-time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, who works for Care for Wild Africa, an NGO in Nelsprut, South Africa. She lives full time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals.

Lulah, a one-month-old rhino who was attacked by hyenas after her mother was killed. Lulah has a full-time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, who works for Care for Wild Africa, an NGO in Nelsprut, South Africa. She lives full time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals.

Nature, Second Prize Stories

Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a massive wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve. Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations.
Ami Vitale

Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a massive wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve. Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations.

Nature, First Prize Singles

A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Francis Perez

A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Spot News, Third Prize Stories

Mathieu Willcocks / MOAS

2016 was a deadly year of migrants and refugees trying to cross the mediterranean from Libya's coasts to Italy's. With ever increasing numbers of unseaworthy boats attempting the crossing, charities and NGOs like MOAS are often overwhelmed. The rescue boats operated by MOAS sit in international waters and await either the distress call from migrants lucky enough to have been given a satellite phone by their smuggler, or to visually find migrants boats —often in the dead of night. Then the race to rescue them before it's too late starts.

People, Second Prize Stories

On Dec. 28 in Ibi, Spain, the "floured's war" takes place. It's a festival in which the citizens are divided into two groups: the first is called the Enfarinat (the floured), that simulate a coup d'etat; the other one tries to calm down the rebellion. The teams plays with flour, water, eggs, and colored smoke bombs. It has been celebrated since 200 years and it's linked to the day of the massacre of innocents, when Herod, king of Judea, ordered to kill each baby in order to find Jesus.
Antonio Gibotta / Agenzia Controluce

On Dec. 28 in Ibi, Spain, the "floured's war" takes place. It's a festival in which the citizens are divided into two groups: the first is called the Enfarinat (the floured), that simulate a coup d'etat; the other one tries to calm down the rebellion. The teams plays with flour, water, eggs, and colored smoke bombs. It has been celebrated since 200 years and it's linked to the day of the massacre of innocents, when Herod, king of Judea, ordered to kill each baby in order to find Jesus.

Sports, First Prize Singles

Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse Sir Des Champs as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on Apr. 9, 2016, in Liverpool, England.
Tom Jenkins

Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse Sir Des Champs as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase during day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse on Apr. 9, 2016, in Liverpool, England.

Sports, First Prize Stories

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players Michael Smith, left, Devin McCarney, center, and Jean Paul Markides are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team's fundraiser drag show, Nov. 5, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario.
Giovanni Capriotti

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players Michael Smith, left, Devin McCarney, center, and Jean Paul Markides are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team's fundraiser drag show, Nov. 5, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario.

Sports, Third Prize Stories

Lindsay stands on a step stool while making coffee early in the morning in her home in Halifax, Canada, on Sept. 18, 2016.
Darren Calabrese for ESPN

Lindsay stands on a step stool while making coffee early in the morning in her home in Halifax, Canada, on Sept. 18, 2016.

Spot News, Second Prize Stories

Syrians mourn over the body of baby following bombardment on the al-Marja neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 23, 2016.
Ameer Alhalbi / AFP

Syrians mourn over the body of baby following bombardment on the al-Marja neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 23, 2016.



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