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Winning images from the 59th World Press Photo Contest have been announced. The winning image is a moonlit black-and-white photo illustrating the struggle faced by migrating Syrians. Judges described it as haunting, nuanced and powerful. Canadian photographer Kevin Frayer also won two awards. Truly a world-wide competition, winners were selected from 82,951 photos made by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries.


World Press Photo of the Year by Warren Richardson


A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Roszke, Hungary, August 28, 2015.



Contemporary Issues Singles 1st place by Zhang Lei/Tianjin Daily


Tianjin, a northern Chinese city, is shrouded in haze December 10, 2015.


Contemporary Issues Stories 1st place by Mario Cruz


This series of photos portrays the plight of Talibes, boys who live at Islamic schools in Senegal. They are forced to beg in the streets while their religious guardians collect their daily earnings.


Daily Life Singles 1st place by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images


Chinese men pull a tricycle near a coal-fired plant in Shanxi, China November 26, 2015.


Daily Life Stories 1st place by Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times


A Chilean scientist walks above the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on the Bellinghausen Russian Antarctic base.


General News Singles 1st place by Mauricio Lima


An ISIS fighter is treated for his burns at a Kurdish hospital August 1, 2015.


General News Stories 1st place by Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times


Refugees cross the Aegean and arrive by boat at the island of Lesbos, Greece November 16, 2015.


Long Term Projects 1st place by Mary F. Calvert


Homeless U.S. military veteran Darlene Matthews lives in her car while she waits for a housing voucher on December 1, 2014.


Nature Singles 1st place by Rohan Kelly/Daily Telegraph


A massive cloud looms over a sunbather on Sydney's Bondi Beach November 6, 2015.


Nature Stories 1st place by Tim Laman


A Bornean orangutan climbs over 30 meters up a tree in the rain forest of Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia August 12, 2015.


People Singles 1st place by Matic Zorman/Reuters


A child refugee is covered with a raincoat while she waits in line to get registered in Presevo refugee registration camp October 7, 2015.


Sports Singles 1st place by Christian Walgram/GEPA


Czech Republic's Ondrej Bank crashes during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado February 8, 2015.


Sports Stories 1st place by Vladimir Pesnya/Sputnik


Evgeny Solovyov, head coach of HC Vetluga prepares the rink for the hockey match in provincial Russia February 19, 2015.


Spot News Stories 1st place by Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP


Smoke rises from a building following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in Douma, Syria October 30, 2015.

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