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World Press Photo 2014 Winners

World Press Photo announced their 2014 winners.

First Prize Spot News

A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protesters on March 12, 2014 in Istanbul after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors in the capital Ankara, while in Istanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for the burial of Berkin Elvan.

Bulent Kilic / AFP

Third Prize Contemporary Issues

Students are seen in a schoolyard in El Dorado County, Calif.

Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. Photographer Tomas Van Houtryve bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the US looking for similar situations as mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tomas Van Houtryve/vii / VII

Second Prize Nature

A group of young Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives in Lewa Downs, Northern Kenya. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife that exists literally in their own backyard.

Ami Vitale

Second Prize General News

School uniforms belonging to three of the missing girls kidnapped from a remote school dormitory in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group. Boko Haram’s name translates roughly to “Western Education is Sinful.” The group believes that girls shouldn’t be in school and boys should only learn the Koran.

Glenna Gordon

First Prize General News

Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center work to escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped in Hastings, Sierra Leone on Nov. 23, 2014. In a state of confusion, he emerged from the isolation ward and attempted to escape over the back wall of the complex before collapsing in a convulsive state. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. The man pictured here died shortly after this picture was taken.

Pete Muller / Pete Muller/Prime for National G

Second Prize General News

Shipwrecked people are rescued aboard a boat 20 miles north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy on June 7, 2014. After hundreds of men, women and children had drowned in 2013 off the coast of Sicily and Malta, the Italian government put its navy to work under a campaign called "Mare Nostrum" rescuing refugees at sea. Only in 2014, 170,081 people were rescued and taken to Italy.

Massimo Sestini

First Prize Portraits

Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School in Moree, New South Wales, Australia. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being.

Raphaela Rosella/oculi

Second Prize Sports

Odell Beckham (#13) of the New York Giants makes a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Al Bello / Getty Images North America

Second Prize Spot News

A protester calls for medical aid for a comrade shot dead in February 2014. After several months of violence, anti-government protesters remained mobilized by holding barricades in Kiev’s Independence Square, known simply as the Maidan. On Saturday, February 20, unidentified snipers opened fire on unarmed protesters as they were advancing on Instituska Street. According to an official source, 70 protesters were shot dead. Ukrainian riot police claimed that several police officers were wounded or shot dead by snipers as well. An unofficial source said that snipers opened fire on the police and protesters at the same time in order to provoke both camps. February 20 was the bloodiest day of the Maidan protests, and two days after, President Viktor Yanukovych left the country.

Jérôme Sessini

Second Prize Contemporary Issues

Wei, a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wearing a face mask and a Santa hat, stands next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air in Yiwu, China. He wears six masks a day and the hat protects his hair from the red dust, which covers workers from head to toe like soot after several hours of work.

Ronghui Chen

First Prize Sports

Argentina player Lionel Messi comes to face the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His team lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time.

Bao Tailiang

Second Prize Daily Life

John wears his grandson's bowler hat. It was in the afternoon. I was sitting on my grandpa's couch. The door was slightly open, and I saw light coming through, washed out between the white door and white walls. All of a sudden it all started making sense. I could relate what I was seeing with what I felt. John and Prova, my grandparents. Growing up, I found much love and care from them. They were young and strong.

First Prize Long-Term Projects

I first met Julie on January 28, 1993. Julie, 18, stood in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, barefoot, pants unzipped, and an 8 day-old infant in her arms. She lived in San Francisco’s SRO district, a neighborhood of soup kitchens and cheap rooms. Her room was piled with clothes, overfull ashtrays and trash. She lived with Jack, father of her first baby Rachel, and who had given her AIDS. Her first memory of her mother is getting drunk with her at 6 and then being sexually abused by her stepfather. She ran away at 14 and became drug addict at 15. Living in alleys, crack dens, and bunked with more dirty old men than she cared to count. “Rachel,” Julie said, “has given me a reason to live.”

For the next 21 years I photographed Julie Baird and her family’s complex story of poverty, AIDS, drugs, multiple homes, relationships, births, deaths, loss and reunion.

Darcy Padilla

First Prize Contemporary Issues

Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Mads Nissen

First Prize General News

Damaged goods lie in a kitchen in downtown Donetsk. Ordinary workers, miners, teachers, pensioners, children, and elderly women and men are in the midst of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Artillery fire killed three people and wounded 10 on Aug. 26, 2014.

Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA

First Prize Nature

When spores of the fungus land on an ant, they penetrate its exoskeleton and enter its brain, compelling the host to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor and scale a nearby tree. Filled to bursting with fungus, the dying ant fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the ant's husk and rain spores onto ants below to begin the process again.

Anand Varma

Second Prize Daily Life

Twin brothers Igor and Arthur hand out chocolates to their classmates to celebrate their ninth birthday in Baroncea, Moldova. When they were two years old, their mother traveled to Moscow to work in the construction field and later died. They have no father. They are among thousands of children growing up without their parents in the Moldovan countryside. Young people have fled the country, leaving a dwindling elderly population and young children.

Third Prize Portraits

A cadet in the Koninklijke Militaire Academie (The Royal Military Academy) in Breda, The Netherlands.

Paolo Verzone

A monkey being trained for circus cowers as its trainer approaches in Suzhou, Anhui Province, China. With more than 300 roupes, Suzhou is known as the home of the Chinese circus.

See all the World Press Photo 2014 winners.

GALLERY: The Year in Pictures 2014

Yongzhi Chu