16 powerful winning images from the 2017 World Press Photo Contest

Published: February 21, 2017
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PHOTO: TOM JENKINS/THE GUARDIAN

PHOTO: TOM JENKINS/THE GUARDIAN

People, Second Prize, Stories—Enfarinat: On December 28 each year, the “Floured War Nature, Third Prize, Stories—Now You See Me: Buffaloes 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. Daily Life, Second Prize, Stories—Out Of The Way: 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. Modern civilization penetrates slowly and fragmentarily. 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. #

Elena Anosova 
Nature – singles, third prize
Monarch butterflies cover the forest floor of the Rosario butterfly sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico
Photograph: Jaime Rojo/EPA Nature – stories, second prize
A caretaker cradles a panda at the Bifengxia giant panda breeding and research centre in Sichuan, China
Photograph: Ami Vitale/National Geographic Nature – singles, first prize
A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands
Photograph: Francis Perez/EPA Nature – singles, second prize
A wild leopard strolls through Sanjay Gandhi national park, a protected area in Mumbai, India
Photograph: Nayan Khanolkar/EPA Daily life - stories, first prize
A barber’s shop in Old Havana, Cuba
Photograph: Tomás Munita/The New York Times PHOTO: TOM JENKINS/THE GUARDIAN Contemporary issues– singles, first prize
Leshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest during a protest against police brutality in Louisiana, US
Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters Long-term projects – first prize
Residents escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the village of Luhanskaya, Ukraine
Photograph: Valery Melnikov/Rossiya Segodnya General news – stories, second prize 
A boy holds the body of his father, killed by Islamic State, as he arrives at a field hospital on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq
Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times General news – stories, first prize
Police inspect an alley where a victim was killed by two unidentified gunmen in Manila, Philippines
Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/AP General news – singles, third prize
A scene inside Quezon City jail, one of the Philippines’ most overcrowded prisons Spot news – singles, third prize
A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi special forces vehicles as they advance towards Islamic State-held territory in Mosul
Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP Spot news – stories, third prize 
Two men struggle in the water during a rescue in the Mediterranean
Photograph: Mathieu Willcocks/AP Spot news – stories, first prize
Mevlüt Mert Altintaş shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara. PHOTO: Burhan Ozbilic

The annual World Press Photo Contest welcomed over 80,408 photos submitted by 5,034 photographers from 125 different countries. The competition, now in its 60th year, has eight categories including Contemporary issues, Daily life, General news, Long-term projects, Nature, People, Sports, and Spot News.

The World Press Photo of the year was awarded to Burhan Uzbilici for his brave and daring capture of the man who shot Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara.

Here are some of the highlights from the collection of winning entries.

Spot news – stories, first prize

Spot news – stories, first prize Mevlüt Mert Altintaş shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara. PHOTO: Burhan Ozbilic

Mevlüt Mert Altintaş shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara. PHOTO: BURHAN OZBILIC/AP

Spot news – stories, third prize

Spot news – stories, third prize Two men struggle in the water during a rescue in the Mediterranean Photograph: Mathieu Willcocks/AP

Two men struggle in the water during a rescue in the Mediterranean. PHOTO: MATHIEU WILLCOCKS/AP

Spot news – singles, third prize

Spot news – singles, third prize A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi special forces vehicles as they advance towards Islamic State-held territory in Mosul Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi special forces vehicles as they advance towards Islamic State-held territory in Mosul. PHOTO: FELIPE DANA/AP

General news – singles, third prize

General news – singles, third prize A scene inside Quezon City jail, one of the Philippines’ most overcrowded prisons

A scene inside Quezon City jail, one of the Philippines’ most overcrowded prisons. PHOTO: NOEL CELIS/AFP

General news – stories, first prize

General news – stories, first prize Police inspect an alley where a victim was killed by two unidentified gunmen in Manila, Philippines Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/AP

Police inspect an alley where a victim was killed by two unidentified gunmen in Manila, Philippines. PHOTO: DANIEL BEREHULAK/AP

General news – stories, second prize

General news – stories, second prize A boy holds the body of his father, killed by Islamic State, as he arrives at a field hospital on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

A boy holds the body of his father, killed by Islamic State, as he arrives at a field hospital on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. PHOTO: SERGEY PONOMAREV/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Long-term projects – first prize

Long-term projects – first prize Residents escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the village of Luhanskaya, Ukraine Photograph: Valery Melnikov/Rossiya Segodnya

Residents escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the village of Luhanskaya, Ukraine. PHOTO: VALERY MELNIKOV

Contemporary issues– singles, first prize

Contemporary issues– singles, first prize Leshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest during a protest against police brutality in Louisiana, US Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Leshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest during a protest against police brutality in Louisiana, US. PHOTO: JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS

Sports – singles, first prize

Sports – singles, first prize Nina Carberry flies off her mount, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at the Chair during the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Nina Carberry flies off her mount, Sir Des Champs, as they fall at the Chair during the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool. PHOTO: TOM JENKINS/THE GUARDIAN

Daily life – stories, first prize

Daily life - stories, first prize A barber’s shop in Old Havana, Cuba Photograph: Tomás Munita/The New York Times

A barber’s shop in Old Havana, Cuba. PHOTO: TOMAS MUNITA/THE NEW YORK TIMES

Nature – singles, second prize

Nature – singles, second prize A wild leopard strolls through Sanjay Gandhi national park, a protected area in Mumbai, India Photograph: Nayan Khanolkar/EPA

A wild leopard strolls through Sanjay Gandhi national park, a protected area in Mumbai, India. PHOTO: NAYAN KHANOLKAR/EPA

Nature – singles, first prize

Nature – singles, first prize A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands Photograph: Francis Perez/EPA

A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. PHOTO: FRANCIS PEREZ/EPA

Nature – stories, second prize

Nature – stories, second prize A caretaker cradles a panda at the Bifengxia giant panda breeding and research centre in Sichuan, China Photograph: Ami Vitale/National Geographic

A caretaker cradles a panda at the Bifengxia giant panda breeding and research centre in Sichuan, China. PHOTO: AMI VITALE/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Nature – singles, third prize

 Nature – singles, third prize Monarch butterflies cover the forest floor of the Rosario butterfly sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico Photograph: Jaime Rojo/EPA

Monarch butterflies cover the forest floor of the Rosario butterfly sanctuary in Michoacán, Mexico. PHOTO: JAIME ROJO/EPA

Daily Life – stories, second prize

Daily Life, Second Prize, Stories—Out Of The Way: 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. Modern civilization penetrates slowly and fragmentarily. 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. # 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. Modern civilisation penetrates slowly and fragmentarily. 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. PHOTO: ELENA ANOSOVA

Nature – stories, third prize

Nature, Third Prize, Stories—Now You See Me: Buffaloes 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.

Buffaloes 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. PHOTO: BEMCE MATE

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