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02/14/2017 03:11 pm ET Updated Feb 14, 2017

46 Award-Winning Photos That Show The True Power Of Photojournalism

Amazing images from this year's World Press Photo Awards.
A family flees the fighting in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq, on Nov. 12, 2016. Th
Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
A family flees the fighting in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq, on Nov. 12, 2016. This image won second place in the General News stories category.

The heart-stopping image of the assassin that killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, is the World Press Photo Of The Year. The image of Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, taken by The Associated Press’ Istanbul-based photographer, Burhan Ozbilici, captivated the world in December, and appears to have done the same with the judges in this year’s competition.

Judge Mary F. Calvert described the image as “explosive.”

“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,” Calvert said. “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.”

 

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankar
Burhan Ozbilici/The Associated Press/Panos Pictures/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
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. This image won World Press Photo Of The Year. 

The World Press Photo Awards recognize the best single-exposure photos taken in the previous year. This year’s contest drew entries from photographers in 125 countries. They submitted 80,408 images in eight categories. 

See the rest of this year’s winners below.

Some images may be disturbing.

  • Contemporary Issues, 1st prize singles
    Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a pr
    Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
    Lone activist 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, July 9, 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling, 37, a black man and father of five, was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men.
  • Contemporary Issues, 2nd 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 t
    Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    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 March 14, 2016. Hundreds of refugees walked out of an overcrowded camp on the Greek-Macedonian border on this day, shortly after the closure of Macedonia's borders, determined to head north despite the dangers of the crossing.
  • Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize singles
    Two Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center for refugees in Surman, Libya Aug. 17, 2016. The detention center
    Daniel Etter/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Two Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center for refugees in Surman, Libya Aug. 17, 2016. The detention center housed hundreds of women escaping precarious conditions. Many claimed they are regularly beaten or sexually assaulted, and received insufficient amounts of food and water at the center. Most of these women were attempting to reach Europe by being smuggled across the Mediterranean in boats setting sail from neighboring Sabratah.
  • Contemporary Issues, 1st prize stories
    A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed at the police blockade on Highway 1806 near Cannon Ball, No
    Amber Bracken/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed at the police blockade on Highway 1806 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Many people were injured when, with temperatures below freezing, police deployed water canons, pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets and percussion grenades.
  • Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize stories
    Marcela, 2, observes her sisters in her mother's lap at the family's home in the rural area of Areia. Twin sisters Heloisa (l
    Lalo de Almeida/Folha de Sao Paulo/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Marcela, 2, observes her sisters in her mother's lap at the family's home in the rural area of Areia. Twin sisters Heloisa (left) and Heloa (right) were born seven months prior with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus.
  • Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize stories
    Domingo, from Angola, came several years ago to Brazil in search for a better life. 
    Peter Bauza/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Domingo, from Angola, came several years ago to Brazil in search for a better life. 
  • Daily Life, 1st prize singles
    At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir, who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul on March 29, 2016. Afg
    Paula Bronstein for Time Lightbox/Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir, who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul on March 29, 2016. Afghanistan has endured armed conflict since 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded. Afghan civilians are at greater risk today than at any time since Taliban rule, which ended in 2001. According to United Nations statistics, in the first half of 2016, at least 1,600 people died, and more than 3,500 people were injured. Despite billions of dollars spent by the international community to stabilize the country, Afghanistan has seen little improvement in terms of overall stability and human security.
  • Daily Life, 2nd prize singles
    Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon. 
    Tiejun Wang/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon. 
  • Daily Life, 3rd prize singles
    An Uyghur woman carries money in her stockings, a common practice. Uygur women, while Muslim, typically do not adhere to the
    Matthieu Paley for National Geographic Magazine/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    An Uyghur woman carries money in her stockings, a common practice. Uygur women, while Muslim, typically do not adhere to the conservative dress code that women in neighboring countries follow. 
  • Daily Life, 1st prize stories
    A weathered barber shop in Old Havana, Cuba. In December, days after Fidel Castro's death, his ashes were taken into the coun
    Tomas Munita for The New York Times/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A weathered barber shop in Old Havana, Cuba. In December, days after Fidel Castro's death, his ashes were taken into the countryside, on a route that retraced, in reverse, the steps of the revolution he led in 1959. Towns and villages along the route were emptied of residents as thousands tried to catch a glimpse of Castro's remains. For many, the death of Castro felt like losing a father.
  • Daily Life, 2nd prize stories
    All people are hereditary hunters in this small settlement near Nizhnyaya Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia.
    Elena Anosova/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    All people are hereditary hunters in this small settlement near Nizhnyaya Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia.
  • Daily Life, 3rd prize stories
    School stops for potato harvest time, which all children should attend. Maria and Alexandra, in a moment of pause. The inhabi
    Francesco Comello/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    School stops for potato harvest time, which all children should attend. Maria and Alexandra, in a moment of pause. The inhabitants of this secluded and silent community call it the "Isle of Salvation," hidden near a busy road that leads from Moscow to Yaroslavl, Russia. Founded in the early 1990s by an Orthodox priest, it is a unique spiritual, educational and cultural center that currently accommodates 300 boys and girls, many seen as social outcasts.
  • General News, 1st prize singles
    The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipm
    Laurent Van der Stockt, Getty Reportage for Le Monde/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence on Nov. 2, 2016.
  • General News, 2nd prize singles
    An 11-year-old girl from Nigeria (left), who said her mother died in Libya, cries next to her 10-year-old brother aboard a re
    Santi Palacios/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    An 11-year-old girl from Nigeria (left), who said her mother died in Libya, cries next to her 10-year-old brother aboard a rescue boat, on July 28, 2016. The children had sailed for hours in an overcrowded rubber boat with other refugees during a rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea, about 23 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya.
  • General News, 3rd prize singles
    A scene from Quezon City Jail, one of the Philippines' most overcrowded prisons. Conditions are getting worse as police
    Noel Celis, Agence France-Presse/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A scene from Quezon City Jail, one of the Philippines' most overcrowded prisons. Conditions are getting worse as police wage an unprecedented war on crime. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800, and they engage in a relentless contest for space. Men take turns to sleep on the cracked cement floor of an open-air basketball court, the steps of staircases, underneath beds and hammocks made out of old blankets.
  • General News, 1st prize stories
    Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate in an alley where Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla, 37, was killed by two unide
    Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Heavy rain pours as police operatives investigate in an alley where Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla, 37, was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning in Manila, Philippines.
  • General News, 2nd prize stories
    A family flees the fighting in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq, on Nov. 12, 2016.
    Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A family flees the fighting in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq, on Nov. 12, 2016.
  • General News, 3rd prize stories
    Soon after he surrendered, an ISIS fighter is violently dragged by Libyan fighters affiliated with the government in Tripoli
    Alessio Romenzi/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Soon after he surrendered, an ISIS fighter is violently dragged by Libyan fighters affiliated with the government in Tripoli while they shout and threaten to lynch him on Dec. 5, 2016. Few minutes later, he was found in the same place shot dead multiple times.
  • Long-Term Projects, 1st prize
    Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in Luhanskaya village, Ukraine.
    Valery Melnikov/Rossiya Segodnya/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in Luhanskaya village, Ukraine.
  • Long-Term Projects, 2nd prize
    Two young women, having enjoyed a drink at a party, dance together. Although unrelated men and women are forbidden to sociali
    Hossein Fatemi/Panos Pictures/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Two young women, having enjoyed a drink at a party, dance together. Although unrelated men and women are forbidden to socialise, many people ignore these strictures in the privacy of their own homes.
  • Long-Term Projects, 3rd prize
    Kelly Freeman arrives at her wedding reception in Dubois, Kansas. 
    Markus Jokela/Helsingin Sanomat/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Kelly Freeman arrives at her wedding reception in Dubois, Kansas. 
  • Nature, 1st prize singles
    A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on June 8, 2016. Sea turtles
    Francis Perez/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on June 8, 2016. Sea turtles are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths. 
  • Nature, 2nd prize singles
    A wild leopard strolls through Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a protected area in the northern part of Mumbai City, India, on S
    Nayan Khanolkar/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A wild leopard strolls through Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a protected area in the northern part of Mumbai City, India, on Sept. 24, 2016. The leopard is on its nocturnal prowl in the adjacent human settlements in search of food, which in these areas is typically dogs or pigs. 
  • Nature, 3rd prize singles
    A carpet of monarch butterflies covers the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, in Michoacan, Mexico, on March 12,
    Jaime Rojo/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A carpet of monarch butterflies covers the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, in Michoacan, Mexico, on March 12, after a strong snowstorm. The storm hit the mountains of Central Mexico, creating havoc in the wintering colonies of monarch butterflies just as they were starting their migration back north to the USA and Canada.
  • Nature, 1st prize stories
    A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than eight hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South
    Brent Stirton/Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A black rhino bull is seen dead, poached for its horns less than eight hours earlier at Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. It is suspected that the killers came from a local community approximately 5 kilometers away, entering the park illegally, shooting the rhino at a water hole with a high-powered, silenced hunting rifle.
  • Nature, 2nd 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
    Ami Vitale for National Geographic Magazine/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a massive wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve. Her 2-year-old cub, Hua Yan ("Pretty Girl") was released into the wild after two years of "panda training." Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations.
  • Nature, 3rd prize stories
    Fallow deer walk in the silence of the night. 
    Bence Mate/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Fallow deer walk in the silence of the night. 
  • People, 1st prize singles
    Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq, seven days earlier. The fear of so-called
    Magnus Wennman/Aftonbladet/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq, seven days earlier. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit center in Debagaï's refugee camp. "I do not dream and I'm not afraid of anything anymore," Maha says quietly while her mother's hand strokes her hair. After two years under Islamic State control, Iraqi and Kurdish troops launched an operation in October 2016 to retake Iraq's second-largest city and ISIS stronghold: Mosul. This was a task that would prove far more difficult than most people imagined.
  • People, 2nd prize singles
    Hellen, 41, lives with a mental health problem. Her illness developed later in life. In developing countries, over 80 percent
    Robin Hammond/NOOR Images for Witness Change/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    Hellen, 41, lives with a mental health problem. Her illness developed later in life. In developing countries, over 80 percent of people living with mental health problems do not receive treatment. In African countries, treatment often comes in the form of prayer from a pastor or traditional healer. Modern medicine is available to very few. A mental health problem often means relegation to the margins of society; life in mental health facilities often doing more harm than good, and comes attached with crippling social stigma. Cultural beliefs and associations that link mental disorders to witchcraft are deeply rooted in some communities.
  • People, 3rd prize singles
    A woman strokes a girl's head as she rests on her lap whilst sitting on a sofa in a police station in Camaguey, Cuba, on Feb.
    Kristina Kormilitsyna, Kommersan/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
    A woman strokes a girl's head as she rests on her lap whilst sitting on a sofa in a police station in Camaguey, Cuba, on Feb. 12, 2016, with a portrait of Fidel Castro hanging above them. Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as prime minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008.
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