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The World Press Photo Contest awards the best images in news photography. This year 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images to the renowned contest. A jury of 18 judges selected 41 winners in these eight categories: contemporary issues, daily life, general news, long-term projects, nature, people, sports, and spot news. Each category is divided into winners for single images and also stories. Below are the winners from the nature and sports categories.

Nature

Single Images

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.
1. A massive shelf cloud moves towards Bondi Beach. (Rohan Kelly/The Daily Telegraph)
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2. A humpback whale and her newborn calf swim near Roca Partida, the smallest island of the Revillagigedo archipelago, off the Pacific coast of Mexico. During the mating season, the island waters are home to a large population of humpback whales, and are a popular diving destination. (Anuar Patjane Floriuk)
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
3. Colima Volcano erupts with rock showers, lightning, and lava flows. The volcano, which is one of the most active in Mexico, showed an increase in activity from July onwards. (Sergio Tapiro)

Stories

1. Tough Times for Orangutans

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 World Press Photo 2016 Contest
A young male Sumatran orangutan threatens another male, in Batang Toru Forest. Male orangutans are intolerant of other males, and compete for territory and females. (Tim Laman for National Geographic)
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A young male Bornean orangutan climbs 30 meters up to the crown of a fruiting strangler fig tree to feed, deep in the rainforest in the Gunung Palung National Park. (Tim Laman for National Geographic)
Unflanged male orangutan in a strip of remaining forest along the edge of the Mangkutup River, seen through the smoke of forest fires. Forest away from the river has burned. Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia Island of Borneo World Press Photo 2016 Contest
An orangutan is forced out to a small strip of forest along a river’s edge, by fires burning behind him. (Tim Laman for National Geographic)

2. Ivory Wars

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. World Press Photo 2016 Contest
Michael Oryem, 29, poached elephant with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), operating mainly in the Garamba National Park in DRC. He says he was asked by LRA leader Joseph Kony to take ivory to him in Darfur, Sudan, and that the LRA trades the ivory to the Sudanese Army. Oryem defected from the LRA and helped take Ugandan forces through the border into the Central African Republic to retrieve a stash of ivory he had previously hidden. He is carrying two of the six tusks he hid. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic)
ZAKOUMA NATIONAL PARK, CHAD: Rangers from a horse patrol group exhibit their riding skills as they return to base at Zakouma National Park, Chad after weeks on elephant patrol. The horse patrols are the old guard of Zakouma's rangers and have seen a good deal of conflict in their time in the park. Zakouma lost nearly 75% of its elephants in the decade before 2011 due to raids by Janajaweed and Sudanese poachers, many of them from the Sudanese military. The president of Chad, Idris Deby, is a big supporter of the elephant of Zakouma and of its elephants. The herds here until recently used to be as large as 1000 animals all moving together, severe poaching over the last decade saw that number decimated and now only around 10% of the number remains. Since 2011 however there has been control over poaching and only 3 elephant have been poached in the last 2 years. The credit for that lies with these rangers and the new management of the park, including nomad groups who are a vital part of intelligence gathering for Zakouma. World Press Photo 2016 Contest
Rangers exhibit their riding skills as they return to base at Zakouma National Park, Chad, after weeks on elephant patrol. The park lost nearly three quarters of its elephants in the decade up to 2011, due to raids by Janjaweed rebels and poachers from Sudan. Since then—with the park under new management—Zakouma rangers, helped by intelligence from nomad groups, have eliminated poaching almost completely. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic)
MBOKI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, 25 NOVEMBER 2014: Ugandan soldiers cross one of many rivers while on patrol against the Lord's Resistance Army close to the border of the DRC. The Ugandan contingent based in CAR are focused on the aprehension of the Lord's Resistance Army, LRA, the notorious rebel group led by Joseph Kony which has terrorized citizens of Uganda, C.A.R, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 4 decades. Soldiers are seen crossing a river, a technique they have perfected with ropes despite the fact that many of the men cannot swim. The LRA contingent they are hunting is coming from Garamba National Park where they have been hunting ivory, a task ordered by Joseph Kony and detailed in a commander’s diary that this Ugandan contingent captured in an ambush earlier in 2014. Defectors say that Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA, is increasingly reliant on ivory as a means of trade for weapons and supplies from their hosts the Sudanese Army. World Press Photo 2016 Contest
Ugandan soldiers cross a river while on patrol against the Lord’s Resistance Army close to the border of the DRC. They are on the tracks of an Lord’s Resistance Army contingent which has come from the Garamba National Park in the DRC, where they were poaching elephant. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic)
LOME', TOGO, 29 JANUARY 2014: Containers with 4 tons of illegal ivory confiscated in January 2014 by the Togolese customs office from its new deep water port, Lome,' Togo. This ivory has been directly linked through DNA evidence to the elephant massacre that occured in Dzanga Bai, Central African Republic in 2013. That massacre was perpetrated by Seleka rebels who climbed the observation towers at the famous forest elephant gathering place in Dzanga Bai and gunned down the elephants with automatic weapons. The Seleka rebels would have used the proceeds from this ivory sale for some of the violence which has plagued C.A.R over much of 2013 and 2014. Togo has been viewed as a new opportunity by ivory smugglers with its new deep water port. Customs officers with new Container scanning technology have made the efforts of these smugglers more difficult. World Press Photo 2016 Contest
A shipping container stands open in the port at Lome, Togo, after customs officers had seized four tonnes of illegal ivory, found using new container-scanning technology. DNA evidence linked the ivory to an elephant massacre perpetrated by Seleka rebels in Dzanga Bai, Central African Republic, in 2013. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic)

3. Chameleon Under Pressure

Panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis, orange form from northern Madagascar, now very rare in the wild due to intense collecting for the pet trade. Two males fighting. Controlled conditions in a large voliere at Madagascar exotique.
Orange panther chameleons, pictured here in captivity, fight. Originally from northern Madagascar, orange panther chameleons are very rare in the wild. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)
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Two Decary’s leaf chameleons sit in perfect camouflage in the leaf litter of a dry forest. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)
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A dominant male of a rare turquoise form of panther chameleon displays its colors. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)

Sports

Single Images

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 World Press Photo 2016 Contest
1. Czech skier Ondrej Bank crashes during the downhill portion of the alpine combined contest, at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Bank stumbled and lost control just before the final jump. He was hospitalized with concussion and facial injuries. (Christian Walgram/GEPA pictures)
Ron Baker (31) shoots over Nick Zeisloft (2) as Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12) and Rashard Kelly (0) battle for position under basket at the NCAA 2015 Mens Basketball Tournament game with Wichita State vs. Indiana at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA on March 20th of 2015. Greg Nelson executed this photograph without posing any of the subjects. World Press Photo 2016 Contest
2. Ron Baker (31) shoots over Nick Zeisloft (2), as Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12) and Rashard Kelly (0) battle for position under the basket, at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament game between Wichita State and Indiana, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Wichita won 81-76. (Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated)
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3. Members of Neptun swimming club’s synchronized swimming section perform in sailboat position, during pre-Christmas Lucia festivities. (Jonas Lindkvist/Dagens Nyheter)

Stories

1. Vetluga’s Hockey

Любительский хоккей в российской глубинке Подготовка стадиона любительского ХК "Ветлуга" к матчам, город Ветлуга Нижегородской области World Press Photo
Team coach Evgeny Solovyov prepares the stadium for a match. (Vladimir Pesnya/Sputnik)
Любительский хоккей в российской глубинке Матч между юниорскими любительскими командами города Ветлуга и посёлка Шаранга, город Ветлуга Нижегородской области World Press Photo
A match takes place between junior teams from Vetluga and the neighboring village of Sharanga. (Vladimir Pesnya/Sputnik)
Любительский хоккей в российской глубинке Матч между юниорскими любительскими командами города Ветлуга и посёлка Шаранга, город Ветлуга Нижегородской области World Press Photo
A member of Sharanga’s junior team waits to play. (Vladimir Pesnya/Sputnik)
Любительский хоккей в российской глубинке Болельщик высказывает претензии игрокам любительского ХК "Ветлуга" в перерыве матча против команды посёлка Тоншаево, город Ветлуга Нижегородской области World Press Photo
Players in the locker room of HC Vetluga at half-time. (Vladimir Pesnya/Sputnik)

2. The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal

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Kherou Ngor, a young wrestling champion, performs a ritual with cow’s milk, to obtain strength. (Christian Bobst)
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A tournament in the Adrien Senghor Arena in Dakar nears its end. (Christian Bobst)
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BB Bismi Ndoye defeats Maraka Dji, in a fight at the Demba Diop Stadium. (Christian Bobst)
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People watch a match held as part of Independence Day celebrations. (Christian Bobst)

3. Ebola Survivors Football Club

Erison Turay, walks to the soccer pitch to practice with the Ebola Survivor's Soccer Club, near his house, in the city of Kenema, 190 miles east of the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Last year, 38 members of Erison's family died from the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed over 11,000 across West Africa. Erison founded the Ebola Survivor's Soccer Club as a support network for survivors and a means to battle negative stigmas in the community. (Photo Credit/Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times) World Press Photo 2016 Contest
Erison walks to football practice. (Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times)
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Erison referees a women’s match. (Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times)
Bandu Turay, second to top row, fourth from right, watches her son Erison, not pictured, play soccer as others cheer for the Ebola Survivor's Soccer Club, on a field near their house, in the city of Kenema, 190 miles east of the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Last year, 38 members of Erison's family died from the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed over 11,000 across West Africa. Erison founded the Ebola Survivor's Soccer Club as a support network for survivors and a means to battle negative stigmas in the community. (Photo Credit/Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times) World Press Photo 2016 Contest
Bandu Turay (second row from top, fourth from right), Erison’s mother, watches him play, on a field near their house in Kenema. Bandu and Erison were the only two of their immediate family to survive the Ebola epidemic. (Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times)
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Women members of the club practice a sudden-death penalty shoot-out. (Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times)