The 2016 contest drew entries from around the world: 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images. The jury gave prizes in eight categories to 41 photographers from 21 countries.
World Press photo of the year: Australian photographer Warren Richardson took the top prize for his image of a man passing a baby through the fence at the Serbia-Hungary border in Roeszke, Hungary, on Aug. 28, 2015.
(John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)
Third place – contemporary issues: Chicago Tribune photographer John J. Kim for his image of Lamon Reccord staring down a police sergeant during a protest following the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police. The photo was taken Nov. 25, 2015.
Second place – long-term projects: Nancy Borowick for her project entitled "A Life in Death," in which she photographed her own parents, who were in parallel treatment for stage-four cancer, side by side.
Third place – nature category: Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro for his image showing a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballistic projectiles and incandescent rockfalls of the Colima Volcano in Mexico, on Dec. 13, 2015.
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First place – nature singles: Australian photographer Rohan Kelly won with this images of a massive "cloud tsunami" looming as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the cloud on Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia on Nov. 6, 2015.
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First place – sports singles: Christian Walgram won for this image of Czech Republic's Ondrej Bank crashing during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Feb. 15, 2015.
(Corentin Fohlen / Divergence for Stern and Paris Match)
Second place – spot news singles: Corentin Fohlen's image shows an anti-terrorism demonstration in Paris on Jan. 11, 2015, after a series of attacks began at the headquarters for the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
(Mauricio Lima / For the New York Times)
First place – general news: Brazilian photographer Mauricio Lima's image shows a doctor rubbing ointment on the burns of a 16-year-old Islamic State fighter named Jacob in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, at a Kurdish-militia hospital compound on the outskirts of Hasaka, Syria, on Aug. 1, 2015.
Second place – general news stories: Abd Doumany for his photographs after airstrikes by Syrian government forces hit the rebel-held area of Douma, Syria. Above, a wounded Syrian girl at a makeshift hospital on Aug. 22, 2015.
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Second place – sports stories: Christian Bobst for images of a wrestling match taking place in the late evening when temperatures drop in Dakar, Senegal, on March 28, 2015.
(Daniel Berehulak / For the New York Times)
Third place – general news stories: Daniel Berehulak for this images taken after the deadly Nepal earthquake. Above, residents forage through their destroyed homes, gathering salvageable belongings in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 29, 2015.
Third place – long-term projects: David Guttenfelder for his project entitled "North Korea: Life in the Cult of Kim." Guttenfelder negotiated unprecedented access and took more than 40 trips to North Korea between February 2008 and May 2015.
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Second place – daily life stories: Canadian photographer Kevin Frayer for photographs of Tibetan Buddhists, including this image of nomads listening during the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly in Garze, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China, on Oct. 31, 2015.
Third place – contemporary issues stories: Sara Lewkowicz for a story on two women, a lesbian couple, who became pregnant at the same time.
First place – nature stories: Tim Laman, whose photographs include this image of a Bornean orangutan climbing more than 100 feet up a tree in the rain forest of Gunung Palung National Park, in Indonesia, on Aug. 12, 2015.
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First place – daily life singles: Canadian photographer Kevin Frayer for this image of a Chinese man pulling a cart in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, on Nov. 26, 2015.