Now in its 59th year, the 2016 World Press Photo Contest drew entries from more than 5700 photographers across 128 countries – a whopping 82,951 images in total. The independent jury awarded 41 photographers on their shots, with the selection process based on the artist’s visual creativity and skills to “capture or represent an event or issue of great journalistic importance over the last year.” The stunning photos will be on display with other winners – including Australian photographer Warren Richardson, whose image of refugees crossing the border from Serbia to Hungary saw him take our Photo of the Year 2015 – in an exhibition visiting 100 cities in 45 countries over the course of the year.
The exhibition will be on display at the State library of NSW, Sydney, from May 23-June 21.
David Guttenfelder: At dusk, the skyline of central Pyongyang, North Korea.
Bulent Kilic: A Syrian child fleeing the war is lifted over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015.
Christian Ziegler: Panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis, orange form from northern Madagascar, now very rare in the wild due to intense collecting for the pet trade.
Dario Mitidieri – Lost Family Portraits
Mauricio lima: Tapajós River, Itaituba, Pará State, Brazil, on February 10, 2015.
Indigenous children jump into the water as they play around the Tapajós river, in the Munduruku tribal area called Sawré Muybu.
Adriane Ohanesian: Adam Abdel, age 7, was badly burned when a bomb, dropped on February 12 by a Sudanese government’s Antonov plane, landed next to his family’s home in Burgu, Central Darfur, Sudan, February 27, 2015.
Anuar Patjane Floriuk – Whale Whisperers
Christian Ziegler: Furcifer ambrensis, female foraging for insects with extendable tongue.
Brent Stirton: Michael Oryem, 29, is a recently defected Lord’s Resistance Army fighter who’s former L.R.A group is involved in the poaching of Ivory in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Garamba is a former base of operations for the LRA and a major source of financing for the notorious group. Oryem is seen with 2 of 6 ivory tusks that he hid and then led the Ugandan forces to inside the border region of the Central African Republic. He claims that the LRA killed many elephants in Garamba National Park in the DRC and that he was ordered by Joseph Kony, the LRA’s notorious leader, to bring the ivory to him in Darfur, South Sudan.
Brent Stirton: ZAKOUMA NATIONAL PARK, CHAD: Rangers from a horse patrol group exhibit their riding skills as they return to base at Zakouma National Park, Chad after weeks on elephant patrol. The horse patrols are the old guard of Zakouma’s rangers and have seen a good deal of conflict in their time in the park. Zakouma lost nearly 75% of its elephants in the decade before 2011 due to raids by Janajaweed and Sudanese poachers, many of them from the Sudanese military.
Bulent Kilic: Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015.
Corentin Fohlen: March against terrorism in Paris.
Christian Bobst – The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal
Brent Stirton – Ivory Wars
David Guttenfelder: North Korean children perform at the Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten.
Bulent Kilic: Islamic State members ask people to go back to city center at the Turkish Akcakale crossing gate in Sanliurfa province, on June 13, 2015.
Chen Jie – Tianjin Explosion
Daniel Berehulak: Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015:
Flames rise from burning funeral pyres during the cremation of earthquake victims, at the Pashupatinath temple on the banks of Bagmati river on April 28, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.