World Press Photo of the Year 2014
Jonathan Jacques Louis, 21, and Alexander Semyonov, 25, a gay couple, are shown during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Mads Nissen for Scanpix/Panos Pictures. For 55 years, the World Press Photo Contest has judged the best photos in photojournalism. The images are then shown in a traveling exhibition.
Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures/AP Photo
1st prize in the Spot News Single Category
This photo provided by World Press Photo shows a young girl pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protesters following the funeral of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during anti-government protests, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Bulent Kilic/AFP/AP Photo
1st prize in the General News Single
A kitchen table is shown after a mortar attack in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, in this photo provided by World Press Photo.
Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA/AP Photo
2nd prize in the General News Single
Shipwrecked people are seen aboard a boat 20 miles north of Libya, being rescued by a frigate of the Italian navy on June 7, 2014, in this photo provided by World Press Photo and taken by Massimo Sestini. 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.
Massimo Sestini/AP Photo
1st prize in the Portraits Singles
This photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Raphaela Rosella for Oculi, shows Laurinda waiting 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/AP Photo
2nd prize in the Daily Life Singles
Twin brothers Igor and Arthur hand out chocolates to their classmates to celebrate their 9th birthday in an orphanage in Baroncea, Moldova, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Asa Sjostrom.
Asa Sjostrom/Moment Agency/UNICEF
2nd prize in the Contemporary Issues Singles
Wei, a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wears a face mask and a Santa hat, and stands next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air, in China on June 12, 2014, in this photo provided by World Press Photo and taken by Ronghui Chen for City Express.
Ronghui Chen/City Express/AP Photo
1st prize in the Sports Singles
This photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Bao Tailiang, China, for Chengdu Economic Daily, shows Argentina player Lionel Messi looking at the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 14, 2014. Argentina was defeated by Germany in the final.
Bao Tailiang/Chengdu Economic Daily/AP Photo
2nd prize in the Nature Singles
A group of young Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives in Lewa Downs, Kenya, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Ami Vitale for National Geographic. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife that exists in their own backyard.
Ami Vitale/National Geographic/AP Photo
3rd prize in the Portraits Stories
This photo, provided by World Press Photo, taken by Paolo Verzone for Agence Vu, shows a cadet at the Royal Military Academy in Breda, Netherlands.
Al Bello/Getty Images/AP Photo
2nd prize in the Daily Life Stories
This photo, provided by World Press Photo and taken by Sarker Protick, Bangladesh, bears the caption, “John wearing his grandson's bowler hat.”
Sarker Protick/AP Photo
3rd prize in the Contemporary Issues Stories
Students are seen in a schoolyard in El Dorado County, California, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, for Harper’s magazine.
Tomas van Houtryve/VII for Harper?s Magazine/AP Photo
2nd prize in the Sports Singles
Odell Beckham of the New York Giants making a one-handed touchdown catch at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Nov. 23, 2014, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Al Bello for Getty Images.
Al Bello/Getty Images/AP Photo
1st prize in the Nature Singles
This photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Yongzhi Chu, China, shows a monkey being trained for the circus cowering as its trainer approaches.
Yongzhi Chu/AP Photo
1st prize in the General News Stories
Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped in Hastings, Sierra Leone, Nov. 23, 2014, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Pete Muller Prime for National Geographic/The Washington Post.
Pete Muller/Prime/The Washington Post/AP Photo
1st prize in the Long-Term Projects
This photo, provided by World Press Photo and taken by Darcy Padilla for Agence Vu, shows Julia Baird in a series named, “Family Love 1993-2014 The Julie Project.” For 21 years, Darcy Padilla photographed Baird and her family’s complex story of poverty, AIDS, drugs, multiple homes, relationships, births, deaths, loss and reunion.
Darcy Padilla/Agence Vu/AP Photo
2nd prize in the Spot News Stories
An Orthodox priest blesses protesters on a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 20, 2014, in this photo provided by World Press Photo, taken by Jerome Sessini.
Jerome Sessini/Magnum Photos/AP Photo
1st prize in the Nature Stories
This photo, provided by World Press Photo and taken in Manaus, Brazil, by Anand Varma for National Geographic magazine, bears the caption: “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/National Geographic Magazine/AP Photo