For the past 59 years, the World Press Photo Foundation has chosen the year's best photographs taken by journalists around the world. This year, the foundation's jury sifted through 82,951 images from 5775 photographers to pick the recently-announced winners, according to Colossal.
In most of the categories—Contemporary Life, Daily Life, General News, Nature, People, Sports, Spot News—the judges chose six images. (Three were selected from the Long Term Projects category.) The group also awarded the World Press Photo of the Year to Australian-born, Eastern European-based photographer Warren Richardson for his photo (above) of men passing a baby under a razor-wire fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border this past summer. The photo, titled Hope For a New Life, also won first prize in the Spot News category.
Richardson told World Press Photo in a statement that he had already been camping with the refugees for five days when the photograph was taken. "It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people," he said. "So I had to use the moonlight alone."
Check out a few of the honorees below, and to see all of the photographs, head over to the World Press Photo contest page.
ZHANG LEE // HAZE IN CHINA
Contemporary Issues, first prize singles
China, Commissioned by Tianjin Daily
"A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China, 10 December 2015."
KEVIN FRAYER // CHINA'S COAL ADDICTION
Daily Life, 1st prize singles
Canada, Commissioned by Getty Images
"Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, on 26 November 2015."
CHRISTIAN WALGRAM // FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sports, 1st prize singles
Austria, Commissioned by GEPA pictures
"Czech Republic's Ondrej Bank crashes during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA, on 15 February 2015."
ROHAN KELLY // STORM FRONT ON BONDI BEACH
Nature, 1st prize singles
Australia, Commissioned by Daily Telegraph
"A massive 'cloud tsunami' looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia on 06 November 2015."
TIM LAMAN // TOUGH TIMES FOR ORANGUTANS
Nature, 1st prize stories
"A Sumatran orangutan threatens another nearby male in the Batang Toru Forest, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia,17 March 2014."
SERGEY PONOMAREV // REPORTING EUROPE'S REFUGEE CRISIS
General News, 1st prize stories
Russia, Commissioned by The New York Times
"Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece, 16 November 2015."
ANUAR PATJANE FLORIUK // WHALE WHISPERERS
Nature, 2nd prize singles
"Divers observe and surround a humpback whale and her newborn calf whilst they swim around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico, 28 January 2015."
DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZA // LA MAYA TRADITION
People, 2nd prize stories
Spain, Commissioned by The Associated Press
"Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as 'Maya' for the 'Las Mayas', a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain. The girls are required to sit still for a couple of hours in a decorated altar."