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Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Contest

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Contemporary Issues - First Prize, Singles: 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, USA, on 9 July 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who 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 in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men. (Jonathan Bachman/Thomson Reuters)
Contemporary Issues – First Prize, Singles: 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, on July 9, 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who 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 in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men. (Jonathan Bachman/Thomson Reuters)

 

Dischord, both peaceful and violent, is a theme among the winning images from this year’s World Press Photo Contest. The Photo of the Year captured the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, which went viral the instant it was published last year.

Burhan Ozbilici’s image of the shocking act of violence was selected from over 80,408 for the contest’s overall winner. Additionally, World Press judges handed out awards in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries. Take a look the best of the winning images below.

Daily Life - First Prize, Stories: Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo waited along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on December 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. 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 Fidel Castro felt like that of a father. In death, as in life, Fidel Castro demanded reverence. Cuba brims with life, a contrast drawn sharper amid its faded grandeur. From one end of the country to the other, thousands of Cubans waited to bid farewell to Fidel. (Tomas Munita for The New York Times)
Daily Life – First Prize, Stories: Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo waited along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on December 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. 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 Fidel Castro felt like that of a father. In death, as in life, Fidel Castro demanded reverence. Cuba brims with life, a contrast drawn sharper amid its faded grandeur. From one end of the country to the other, thousands of Cubans waited to bid farewell to Fidel. (Tomas Munita for The New York Times)
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 14 March 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. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press)
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 14 March 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. (Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press)
General News - Third Prize, Stories: Fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government walk around the gigantic chandelier of the conference room in Ouagadougou Congress Complex. Sirte, Libya, is one of the three self-proclaimed capitals of the so-called Islamic State, along with Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. It was the first of the three to fall, with an offensive launched by the Libyan government in May 2016. It took seven months of fighting, 500 American airstrikes, the lives of 700 Libyan soldiers and more than 3,000 injured Libyan soldiers to finally declare the city free. (Alessio Romenzi)
General News – Third Prize, Stories: Fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government walk around the gigantic chandelier of the conference room in Ouagadougou Congress Complex. Sirte, Libya, is one of the three self-proclaimed capitals of the so-called Islamic State, along with Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. It was the first of the three to fall, with an offensive launched by the Libyan government in May 2016. It took seven months of fighting, 500 American airstrikes, the lives of 700 Libyan soldiers and more than 3,000 injured Libyan soldiers to finally declare the city free. (Alessio Romenzi)
Contemporary Issues - First Prize, Stories: Riot police 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 employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades. For nearly 10 months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing their territory and threatening their water supply. The estimated $3.78 billion project, backed by Energy Transfer Partners, is nearly complete, covering almost 1,172 miles. In military vehicles and body armor, police used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons against the protesters, and have been accused of inhumane treatment of arrestees. (Amber Bracken)
Contemporary Issues – First Prize, Stories: Riot police 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 employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades. For nearly 10 months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing their territory and threatening their water supply. The estimated $3.78 billion project, backed by Energy Transfer Partners, is nearly complete, covering almost 1,172 miles. In military vehicles and body armor, police used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons against the protesters, and have been accused of inhumane treatment of arrestees. (Amber Bracken)
General News - First Prize, Singles: The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence on 2 November 2016. The Iraqi Special Operations Forces, also known as the Golden Division, is the Iraqi unit that leads the fight against the Islamic State with the support of the airstrikes of the Coalition Forces. They were the first forces to enter the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in November 2016. (Laurent Van der Stockt/Getty Reportage for Le Monde)
General News – First Prize, Singles: The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence on November 2, 2016. The Iraqi Special Operations Forces, also known as the Golden Division, is the Iraqi unit that leads the fight against the Islamic State with the support of the airstrikes of the Coalition Forces. They were the first forces to enter the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in November 2016. (Laurent Van der Stockt/Getty Reportage for Le Monde)
Spot News - Third Prize, Stories: Libyan fishermen throw a life jacket at a rubber boat full of migrants. Migrants are very often not given any life jackets or means of communication by their smugglers. More often than not they only have some water, food and not enough fuel to make it to Italy. The central Mediterranean migration route, between the coasts of Libya and Italy, remains busy. According to reports by the UNHCR, 5,000 people died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2016. (Mathieu Willcocks)
Spot News – Third Prize, Stories: Libyan fishermen throw a life jacket at a rubber boat full of migrants. Migrants are very often not given any life jackets or means of communication by their smugglers. More often than not they only have some water, food and not enough fuel to make it to Italy. The central Mediterranean migration route, between the coasts of Libya and Italy, remains busy. According to reports by the UNHCR, 5,000 people died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2016. (Mathieu Willcocks)
Sports - Third Prize, Stories: With the aid of chains purchased at the hardware store and deadlift straps, Lindsay performs snatches under the watchful eye of coach and co-owner of CrossFit OnSide Jenny Jeffries in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 8, 2016. "It's been an important relationship for me", says Jeffries, who was admittedly affected by her mother's disabilities following a car accident. "How could it not - seeing Lindsay doing what she's been doing her whole life." (Darren Calabrese for ESPN)
Sports – Third Prize, Stories: With the aid of chains purchased at the hardware store and deadlift straps, Lindsay performs snatches under the watchful eye of coach and co-owner of CrossFit OnSide Jenny Jeffries in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on July 8, 2016. ‘It’s been an important relationship for me,’ says Jeffries, who was admittedly affected by her mother’s disabilities following a car accident. ‘How could it not – seeing Lindsay doing what she’s been doing her whole life.’ (Darren Calabrese for ESPN)
People - Third Prize, Stories: Zach Garrett will be part of the U.S.A. Archery team, at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is photographed at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA on June 22, 2016. This is Garrett's first Olympics. A series of portraits of Olympic athletes from California headed to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA took more than 550 athletes to compete in 20 sports of the Summer Games. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
People – Third Prize, Stories: Zach Garrett will be part of the U.S.A. Archery team, at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is photographed at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA on June 22, 2016. This is Garrett’s first Olympics. A series of portraits of Olympic athletes from California headed to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA took more than 550 athletes to compete in 20 sports of the Summer Games. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
People - Third Prize, Stories: Folau Niua, Danny Berret, Martin Iosefo and Garrett Bender, from left, will be part of the Men's Sevens U.S.A. Rugby team, at the 2016 Rio Olympics and are photographed at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA,June 22, 2016. A series of portraits of Olympic athletes from California headed to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA took more than 550 athletes to compete in 20 sports of the Summer Games. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
People – Third Prize, Stories: Folau Niua, Danny Berret, Martin Iosefo and Garrett Bender, from left, will be part of the Men’s Sevens U.S.A. Rugby team, at the 2016 Rio Olympics and are photographed at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, ,June 22, 2016. A series of portraits of Olympic athletes from California headed to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA took more than 550 athletes to compete in 20 sports of the Summer Games. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)
People - Second Prize, Stories: On 28 December each year, the “Floured War" takes place in Ibi in the province of Alicante, Spain. During the festival, the 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 is known as “Els Enfarinats”, marking the biblical Massacre of the Innocents by King Herod. (Antonio Gibotta/Agenzia Controluce)
People – Second Prize, Stories: On 28 December each year, the ‘Floured War’ takes place in Ibi in the province of Alicante, Spain. During the festival, the 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 is known as ‘Els Enfarinats,’ marking the biblical Massacre of the Innocents by King Herod. (Antonio Gibotta/Agenzia Controluce)
Long-Term Projects - First Prize: Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by the air attack in the Luhanskaya village. (Valery Melnikov for Rossiya Segodnya)
Long-Term Projects – First Prize: Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by the air attack in the Luhanskaya village. (Valery Melnikov for Rossiya Segodnya)
Nature - Third Prize, Stories: Buffalos at the drinking station. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos. (Bence Máté)
Nature – Third Prize, Stories: Buffalos at the drinking station. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos. (Bence Máté)
Nature - Third Prize, Stories: Fallow deer walk in the silence of the night. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos. (Bence Máté)
Nature – Third Prize, Stories: Fallow deer walk in the silence of the night. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos. (Bence Máté)
Nature - Third Prize, Stories: Hippatamus under the starry sky. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos. (Bence Máté)
Nature – Third Prize, Stories: Hippopotamus under the starry sky. These photos combine a well-known natural phenomenon: the starry sky and portraits of wild animals not visible to the naked eye. The series needed very accurate planning, research and preparation as the photos were made with remote control, and no modification was possible while capturing the photos. (Bence Máté)
General News - Third Prize, Singles: The photos show scenes 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. In this photo taken on July 21, 2016, inmates sleep on the steps of a ladder inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila. (Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse)
General News – Third Prize, Singles: The photos show scenes 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. In this photo taken on July 21, 2016, inmates sleep on the steps of a ladder inside the Quezon City jail at night in Manila. (Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse)
Nature - First Prize, Stories: "CARE FOR WILD AFRICA" is a donor run orgnaniation that specializes in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found Lulah she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears, parts of her nose and inflicted a large bite on her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and despite fighting off infection in the wound she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, 25, who are full time staff at C.W.A. Dorota has an honors degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. 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 received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult. (Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine)
Nature – First Prize, Stories: ‘Care for Wild Africa’ is a donor run orgnaization that specializes in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park and when the rangers found Lulah she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears, parts of her nose and inflicted a large bite on her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and despite fighting off infection in the wound she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, 25, who are full time staff at C.W.A. Dorota has an honors degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. 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 received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult. (Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine)
Nature - Second Prize, Stories: Seven-year-old giant panda Min Min had a baby girl at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China . It was 3 long days and nights of waiting for her to give birth and the vets thought it was likely to be a still birth. A very healthy giant panda cub emerged with a loud scream. She is the largest cub born this year to first-time mother Min Min. Giant pandas are born tiny, blind and helpless. The limbs of newborn pandas are so weak that they are not able to stand and for the first two months baby pandas only nurse, sleep, and poo. They are weaned between 8-9 months and a year old. (Ami Vitale for National Geographic Magazine)
Nature – Second Prize, Stories: Seven-year-old giant panda Min Min had a baby girl at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China . It was three long days and nights of waiting for her to give birth and the vets thought it was likely to be a still birth. A very healthy giant panda cub emerged with a loud scream. She is the largest cub born this year to first-time mother Min Min. Giant pandas are born tiny, blind and helpless. The limbs of newborn pandas are so weak that they are not able to stand and for the first two months baby pandas only nurse, sleep, and poo. They are weaned between eight to nine months and a year old. (Ami Vitale for National Geographic Magazine)
Nature - First Prize, Singles: A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on 8 June 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. (Francis Pérez)
Nature – First 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 are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths. (Francis Pérez)
Sports - Second Prize, Singles: Gaël Monfils of France dives for a forehand in his fourth round match against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, during the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia, on 25 January 2016. The Australian Open holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Sports – Second Prize, Singles: Gaël Monfils of France dives for a forehand in his fourth round match against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, during the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Australia, on January 25, 2016. The Australian Open holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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 April 9th 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Tom Jenkins/The Guardian)
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 April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Tom Jenkins/The Guardian)
Sports - Third Prize, Singles: Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles as he looks back at his competition, whilst winning the 100-meter semi-final sprint, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bolt is regarded as the fastest human ever timed. He is the first person to hold both the 100-meter and 200-meter world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. (Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach/Thomson Reuters)
Sports – Third Prize, Singles: Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles as he looks back at his competition, whilst winning the 100-meter semi-final sprint, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bolt is regarded as the fastest human ever timed. He is the first person to hold both the 100-meter and 200-meter world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. (Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach/Thomson Reuters)

 

World Press Photo of the Year

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. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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, December 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

 

To see all the winners from the 2017 World Press Photo Contest, click here. See last year’s winning images here.

RealClearLife Staff