World Press Awards Winning Newspaper Photographers' Stunning Abstract of 2016

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The 60th Annual World Press Photo Contest winners were announced on Feb. 13. The mix of photos was a poignant recap of the events of 2016, starting with the dramatic image of the slain Russian ambassador in Turkey, which the jury named Photo of the Year. These photos, which were originally published on BuzzFeed, remind us just how dramatic 2016 had been.


1. 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. Burhan Ozbilici / AP Photo

2. Contemporary Issues, First Prize Singles

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. Jonathan Bachman / Reuters

3. 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 Mar. 14, 2016. Vadim Ghirda / AP Photo

4. Contemporary Issues, First Prize Stories

Morton County Sheriffs officials clear marchers from a secondary road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests.__Amber Bracken, Amber Bracken for BuzzFeed News

5. Contemporary Issues, Second Prize Stories

Marcela observes her twin sisters Heloá (right) and Heloisa (left), both with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus. __Lalo De Almeida

6. Contemporary Issues, Third Prize Stories

A pastor in Brazil, also living in the occupied buildings, is explaining all the construction problems. Peter Bauza

7. Daily Life, First Prize Stories

Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on Dec. 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral. Tomas Munita for The New York Ti

8. Daily Life, Second Prize Singles

Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon, July 15, 2016. Tiejun Wang

9. Daily Life, Second Prize Stories

In Russia’s extreme north, the daily life of some of the most isolated parts of the desolate landscape. __Elena Anosova

10. Daily Life, Third Prize Singles

A Uygur woman carries money in her stockings, a common practice, on a train ride from Kashgar, China. Matthieu Paley

11. General News, First Prize Stories

Jimji, 6, cries in anguish as she screams “papa” before funeral parlor workers move the body of her father. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

12. General News, Second Prize Stories

Residents of Mosul flee the city amid fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, on Nov. 16, 2016. ergey Ponomarev for The New York.

13. Long-Term Projects, First Prize Stories

A man watering flowers on a street in the destroyed village of Spartak, Ukraine, July 16, 2016. Valery Melnikov for Rossia Segodnya

14. Long-Term Projects, Second Prize Stories

A Muslim taxi driver prays on the sidewalk while Tara and Soroush, two Iranian students who live downtown Chicago, celebrate their wedding day, Aug. 20, 2016. Hossein Fatemi / Panos Pictures

15. Nature, First Prize Stories

Lulah, a one-month-old rhino who was attacked by hyenas after her mother was killed. Lulah has a full-time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, who works for Care for Wild Africa, an NGO in Nelsprut, South Africa. 

16. Nature, First Prize Singles

A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Francis Perez

17. Nature, Second 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 name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations. Ami Vitale

18. People, Second Prize Stories

On Dec. 28 in Ibi, Spain, the “floured’s war” takes place. Antonio Gibotta / Agenzia Controluce

19. 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 Apr. 9, 2016, in Liverpool, England. Tom Jenkins

20. Sports, First Prize Stories

Muddy York Rugby Football Club players Michael Smith, left, Devin McCarney, center, and Jean Paul Markides are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team’s fundraiser drag show, Nov. 5, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. Giovanni Capriotti

21. Sports, Third Prize Stories

Lindsay stands on a step stool while making coffee early in the morning in her home in Halifax, Canada, on Sept. 18, 2016. Darren Calabrese for ESPN

22. Spot News, Second Prize Stories

Syrians mourn over the body of baby following bombardment on the al-Marja neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 23, 2016. Ameer Alhalbi / AFP

23. Spot News, Third Prize Stories

2016 was a deadly year of migrants and refugees trying to cross the mediterranean from Libya’s coasts to Italy’s. __Mathieu Willcocks / MOAS

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