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. 

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