Winners of 2015 World Press Photo unveiled
The winners of the 58th World Press Photo Contest have been revealed. COOPH presents a selection of the winners:
© Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures
St. Petersburg, Russia
Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.
© Al Bello, USA, Getty Images
East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
Odell Beckham (#13) of the New York Giants makes a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
© Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence Vu
Breda, The Netherlands
Cadet in the Koninklijke Militaire Academie. Portraits of cadets from the most important military academies of Europe.
© Anand Varma, USA, for National Geographic Magazine
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.
© Tomas van Houtryve, Belgium, VII for Harper’s Magazine
El Dorado County, California, United States
Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the US looking for similar situations as mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the U.S.-Mexico border.
© Massimo Sestini, Italy
7 June, off the coast of Libya
Shipwrecked people are rescued aboard a boat 20 miles north of Libya by a frigate of the Italian navy. 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. Only in 2014, 170,081 people were rescued and taken to Italy.
© Bulent Kilic, Turkey, Agence France-Presse
March 12, 2014, Istanbul
A young girl is pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at protestors in the capital Ankara, while in Istanbul, crowds shouting anti-government slogans lit a huge fire as they made their way to a cemetery for the burial of Berkin Elvan.
© Yongzhi Chu, China
Suzhou, Anhui Province, China
A monkey being trained for circus cowers as its trainer approaches. With more than 300 roupes, Suzhou is known as the home of the Chinese circus.
For the full list of winners, head over to WorldPressPhoto.org.