A cougar walks a trail in Griffith Park in Los Angeles on March 2, 2013. To reach the park, which has been the cougar's home for the last two years, it had to cross two of the busiest highways in the U.S. This picture, released by World Press on Feb. 14, 2014 and captured with a camera trap by U.S. photographer Steve Winter for National Geographic, was selected by the international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest as the first prize in the nature stories category.
Hannah and Elena, two sisters living in the rural village of Merkenbrechts, northern Austria, on July 19, 2012. This picture taken by Dutch photographer Carla Kogelman was selected as the first prize in the observed portraits stories category by the organizers in Amsterdam on Feb. 14.
Kachin Independence Army fighters drink and celebrate at a funeral for one of their commanders who died the day before, on March 15, 2013, in a city under the siege of the Burmese army. This picture taken by German photographer Julius Schrank for Dutch magazine De Volkskrant was selected as the first prize in daily life single category.
A group of blind albino boys pose in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India. This picture by South African photographer Brent Stirton won first prize in People Staged Portraits Singles category of the World Press Photo Contest.
This five-year-old bonobo turned out to be the most curious individual of a wild group of bonobos near the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The picture by German photographer Christian Ziegler for National Geographic magazine won third prize in the Nature Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.
Ali, a young bodybuilder, and his mother pose in Cairo, Eypt.This picture by French photographer Denis Dailleux won second prize in People Staged Portraits Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.
This picture from a series on domestic violence shows Shane, center, fighting with Maggie, right, in Lancaster, Ohio, on Nov. 17, 2012. The picture, taken by U.S. photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz for Time, was selected as the first prize in the contemporary issues stories category.
Syrian rebels dodge debris after the wall, which they were taking cover behind, is hit by a shell fired from a government controlled checkpoint during fighting between the two sides in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on Jan. 30, 2013. Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic won first prize in the World Press Photo category Spot News Stories with this series of twelve images, showing rebel fighters in Syria preparing for an attack on a government army post. Before they are able to launch their attack, their commander is shot by a sniper. Wounded and bleeding internally, he is carried away from the danger by his comrades, who then return to attack the post but come under tank shelling. A wall they are sheltering behind explodes in a cloud of debris and concrete dust. As the smoke subsides, they return to their comrade, who has died of his wounds.
Syrian rebels help evacuate a comrade who was hit by sniper fire as the group prepared an attack on a government controlled army checkpoint in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on Jan. 30, 2013. The man would soon succumb to his injuries. Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic won first prize in the 2014 World Press Photo category "Spot News Stories" with this series of twelve images, showing rebel fighters in Syria preparing for an attack on a government army post.
Survivors of typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa, on the eastern island of Leyte. One of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left 8,000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines. The picture by French photographer Phillipe Lopez won first Prize in Spot News Singles category of the World Press Photo Contest.
A woman reacts with disappointment after access to see former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was closed on the third and final day of his casket lying in state, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. This picture by German by Associated Press photographer Markus Schreiber won first Prize in People Observed Portraits Singles category of the World Press Photo Contest.
Demonstrators gather on a street in Bangui to call for the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia following the murder of Judge Modeste Martineau Bria by members of the Seleka faction in Bangui, Central African Republic. This picture by French photographer William Daniels, Panos Pictures for Time won second Prize in General News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.
Christopher Vanegas, a Mexican photographer working for La Vanguardia / El Guardian, won the third prize in Contemporary Issues Single category of the World Press Photo contest with this picture of police arriving at a crime scene where two bodies hang from a bridge and another three are on the ground in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, on March 8, 2013.
A woman and children hide after gunmen opened fire at an upscale Nairobi mall on Sept. 21 2013, killing at least 39 people in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya's history. They escaped unharmed. This picture by U.S. photographer Tyler Hicks for The New York Times won 2nd Prize in Spot News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.
Daniel Arnamnart of Australia competes in the men's 100-meter backstroke during day two of the Australian Swimming Championships on April 27, 2013 at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide, Australia. This picture by Australian photographer Quinn Rooney won third prize in Sports Action Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.
Pablo Mac Donough of Dolfina falls from his horse during the Argentine Polo Open in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 1, 2013. This picture by Argentinean photographer Emiliano Lasalvia won first prize in the Sports Action Singles category of the World Press Photo Contest.
African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raise their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia, a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. This picture taken by American photographer John Stanmeyer was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year. The picture also won first Prize in the Contemporary Issues category.