World Press Photo of the Year 2015 Winners Announced

World Press Photo has announced the best news photos of 2015.

The Photo of the Year goes to the Budapest-based Australian photojournalist Warren Richardson for the World Press Photo of the Year 2015. Titled as “Hope for a New Life” and the image shows a baby being passed through a fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, on August 28th, 2015.

Richardson’s photo was also the 1st prize singles winner of the Spot News category. “I was exhausted by the time I took the picture,” Richardson says.

“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, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”

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World Press Photo of the Year 2015 Winners Announced

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 including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, and the USA.

Here are the other 1st prize winners from the other categories:

Contemporary Issues

Singles

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Haze in China by Zhang Lei of China
December 10, 2015
“A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China.”

Stories

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Talibes, Modern-day Slaves by Mário Cruz of Portugal
May 18, 2015

Daily Life

Singles

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China’s Coal Addiction by Kevin Frayer of Canada
November 26, 2015

Stories

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An Antarctic Advantage by Daniel Berehulak of Australia
November 28, 2015

General News

Singles

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IS Fighter Treated at Kurdish Hospital by Mauricio Lima of Brazil
August 1, 2015

Stories

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Reporting Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Sergey Ponomarev of Russia
November 16, 2015

Nature

Singles

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Storm Front on Bondi Beach by Rohan Kelly of Australia
November 6, 2015

Stories

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Tough Times for Orangutans by Tim Laman of USA
March 17, 2014

People

Singles

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Waiting to Register by Matic Zorman of Slovenia
October 7, 2015

Stories

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Exposure by Kazuma Obara of Japan
July 12, 2015

Sports

Singles

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FIS World Championships by Christian Walgram of Austria
February 8, 2015

Stories

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Vetluga’s Hockey by Vladimir Pesnya of Russia
February 19, 2015

Spot News

Stories

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Aftermath of Airstrikes in Syria by Sameer Al-Doumy of Syria
October 30, 2015

Long-Term Projects

Stories

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Sexual Assault in America’s Military by Mary F. Calvert of USA
March 21, 2014

You can find the entire gallery of winning photos on the World Press Photo website.