The winners of the 2016 World Press Photo contest have been announced and the selected images reflect a year of both tumult and beauty from across the globe. The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting the work of visual journalists, with a range of activities and initiatives that span the globe.
The winning image titled “Hope for a New Life” by Australian photographer Warren Richardson depicts a harrowing moment on the Hungarian-Serbian border as a man passes a baby through barbed wire in August of last year. The self-taught photographer camped with a group of 200 people attempting to cross a border for nearly a week while capturing images of their predicament. He shares:
“I camped with the refugees for five days on the border. A group of about 200 people arrived, and they moved under the trees along the fence line. They sent women and children, then fathers and elderly men first. I must have been with this crew for about five hours and we played cat and mouse with the police the whole night. I was exhausted by the time I took the picture. It was around three o’clock in the morning and you can’t use a flash while the police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away. So I had to use the moonlight alone.”
All the winners from the 59th World Press Photo Contest can be seen on the World Press Photo website. The finalists were selected from 82,951 photos made by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries, so the winning photos are really something special. Here are some selected photos.