World Press Photo Winners
The World Press Photo Contest awards the best images in news photography. This year 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images to the renowned contest. A jury of 18 judges selected 41 winners in these eight categories: contemporary issues, daily life, general news, long-term projects, nature, people, sports, and spot news. Each category is divided into winners for single images and also stories. Below are the winners from the nature and sports categories.
Single Images1. A massive shelf cloud moves towards Bondi Beach. (Rohan Kelly/The Daily Telegraph)
StoriesA young male Sumatran orangutan threatens another male, in Batang Toru Forest. Male orangutans are intolerant of other males, and compete for territory and females. (Tim Laman for National Geographic)
2. Ivory WarsMichael Oryem, 29, poached elephant with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), operating mainly in the Garamba National Park in DRC. He says he was asked by LRA leader Joseph Kony to take ivory to him in Darfur, Sudan, and that the LRA trades the ivory to the Sudanese Army. Oryem defected from the LRA and helped take Ugandan forces through the border into the Central African Republic to retrieve a stash of ivory he had previously hidden. He is carrying two of the six tusks he hid. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic) Rangers exhibit their riding skills as they return to base at Zakouma National Park, Chad, after weeks on elephant patrol. The park lost nearly three quarters of its elephants in the decade up to 2011, due to raids by Janjaweed rebels and poachers from Sudan. Since then—with the park under new management—Zakouma rangers, helped by intelligence from nomad groups, have eliminated poaching almost completely. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic) Ugandan soldiers cross a river while on patrol against the Lord’s Resistance Army close to the border of the DRC. They are on the tracks of an Lord’s Resistance Army contingent which has come from the Garamba National Park in the DRC, where they were poaching elephant. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic) A shipping container stands open in the port at Lome, Togo, after customs officers had seized four tonnes of illegal ivory, found using new container-scanning technology. DNA evidence linked the ivory to an elephant massacre perpetrated by Seleka rebels in Dzanga Bai, Central African Republic, in 2013. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic) A dominant male of a rare turquoise form of panther chameleon displays its colors. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)
Single Images3. Members of Neptun swimming club’s synchronized swimming section perform in sailboat position, during pre-Christmas Lucia festivities. (Jonas Lindkvist/Dagens Nyheter)
StoriesKherou Ngor, a young wrestling champion, performs a ritual with cow’s milk, to obtain strength. (Christian Bobst) A tournament in the Adrien Senghor Arena in Dakar nears its end. (Christian Bobst) BB Bismi Ndoye defeats Maraka Dji, in a fight at the Demba Diop Stadium. (Christian Bobst) People watch a match held as part of Independence Day celebrations. (Christian Bobst) Erison referees a women’s match. (Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times) Women members of the club practice a sudden-death penalty shoot-out. (Tara Todras-Whitehill for the New York Times)
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