Winning photos from Pictures of the Year International

Pictures of the Year International has announced the winners in the 73rd annual competition. Paolo Marchetti, an independent photojournalist based in Italy, won premier honors as the Photographer of the Year, with Carolyn Van Houten, Al Bello and Andrew Ellis honored as the Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Sports Photographer of the Year and Multimedia Photographer of the Year, respectively. The complete list of awards in all 40 categories can be found at POY. POY announces these awards with support from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri School of Journalism.

Here are some of the winning images:

Refugees and migrants aboard a fishing boat piloted by smugglers reach the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. (Antonio Masiello / Zuma Press)

A wounded Syrian boy sits on the floor at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital, Damascus, following reported airstrikes by regime forces. (Abd Doumany)

Keeper Daouda Keita collects the baby group from their enclosure for their first bushwalk at the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre in Somoria, Guinea. The CCC is a sanctuary and rehabilitation center for rescued orphaned chimpanzees and is supported in part by Project Primate Inc. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

After Zivar Parvin's husband died, her brother-in-law proposed many times but her answer was no. He later threw acid on Zivar and her 18-year-old daughter, Yasra, when they were sleeping. This happened a week prior to Yasra's wedding ceremony. Yasra died 18 days after the attack. Zivar lost her left eye completely and can only see light weakly with her right eye. She holds a photo of herself before the attack. (Asghar Khamseh)

Two young children sit next to a mattress, along with their family's belongings, in a courtyard of a building after being evicted in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Alon Skuy / Times Media Group)

Italy's Martina Batini reacts during the women's team foil gold medal match at the 2015 World Fencing Championships in Moscow. (Alexey Filippov / Sputnik)

Purevsurengiin Togtokhsuren plays basketball after taking care of horses in Khui Doloon Khudag, Mongolia. (Johannes Eisele / Agence France-Presse)

Coronation of the winners in a beauty pageant for children named "Mr. & Miss Italy Baby" in a village close to Naples, Italy. (Paolo Marchetti)

Caterina Ozuna and Miriam Alejandra Montecillos warm up before practicing their routine for Pre-Estatal at El Rancho Unico in Atascosa, Texas. "You feel the nerves the moment you go in," Ozuna said. (Carolyn Van Houten / San Antonio Express-News)

Sara Errani of Italy serves to Samantha Stosur of Australia during their Women's Singles Third Round match on day six of the 2015 US Open in New York. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

A resident in the Danish village Sølund that is a special home to 232 adults, each with a significant and permanent mental and physical disability, which means that they are all heavily dependent on care. (Casper Dalhoff)

Mothers of those who died in the Iran-Iraq war pray at the graves of their sons, surrounded by their portraits. (Hossein Fatemi)

Michael Oryem is a recently defected Lord's Resistance Army fighter whose L.R.A group was involved in the poaching of ivory in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Brent Stirton)

Jorge Herrera, 12, retrieves a ball in the pool at the Country Inn in San Bernardino. Jorge and his family live in a room at the motel. This old Route 66 motel and others like it are filled with people cycling in and out of addictions, jail and homelessness, often with their children in tow. (Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times)

San Bernardino is the poorest city of its size in California, mired in its fourth year of bankruptcy. Industries left, the middle class shrank, the working poor struggle to rise and the destitute fall. Yet there are people in San Bernardino who work tirelessly to resurrect the city for the next generations. Although their paths are different, their trajectories meet at the same question: Can San Bernardino be saved? (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Police search for suspects in a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that killed 14 and wounded 17 more in San Bernardino. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Virunga National Park, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is Africa's oldest and most biodiverse National Park. It is also home to about a quarter of the world's estimated 880 mountain gorillas left in the wild. With determination, hope and grit, Virunga's rangers protect this UNESCO World Heritage site from rebel militias, poachers, the illegal charcoal trade, and, most recently, a high-stakes proposal to explore for oil. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Angie Bloomquist is fed breakfast by her morning caregiver as she sits in the living room of her home in San Pedro. Angie relies on feeding tubes or liquid foods that must be fed to her. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

At the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, it's never too late to be creative. Angela McEwan, a resident, shares a poem she wrote in the colony's poetry class. (Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)