World Press Photo of the Year 2014. Jon and Alex, a gay couple during an intimate moment, St. Petersburg, Russia. 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. © Mads Nissen
Portrait Singles, 1st place. Laurinda waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. 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. Moree, New South Wales, Australia. © Raphaela Rosella
Daily Life Singles, 2nd place. Twin brothers Igor and Arthur celebrate their birthday in Moldova. They are among thousands of children growing up without their parents in the Moldovan countryside. Young people have fled the country, leaving a dwindling elderly population and young children. Åsa Sjöström, Sweden, Moment Agency / INSTITUTE for Socionomen / UNICEF © Åsa Sjöström
Daily Life Stories, 2nd place. What Remains. John wears his grandson’s bowler hat. It was in the afternoon. I was sitting on my grandpa’s couch. The door was slightly open, and I saw light coming through, washed out between the white door and white walls. All of a sudden it all started making sense. I could relate what I was seeing with what I felt. John and Prova, my grandparents. Growing up, I found much love and care from them. They were young and strong.
As time went by, it shaped everything in its own way. Bodies took different forms and relations went distant. Grandma’s hair turned gray, the walls started peeling off and the objects were all that remained. Everything was contained into one single room. They always love the fact that I take pictures of them because then I spend more time with them, and they don’t feel lonely anymore. After Prova passed away, I try to visit more so John can talk. He tells me stories of their early life, and how they met. There are so many stories. Here, life is silent, suspended. Everything is on a wait; A wait for something that I don’t completely understand. © Sarker Protick, Bangladesh
General News Stories, 1st place. The Viral Insurgent: Ebola in Sierra Leone. Medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center work to escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped. A complete breakdown of mental facilities is a common stage of advanced Ebola. Pete Muller, USA, Prime for National Geographic / The Washington Post. © Pete Muller
General News Stories, 2nd place. Traces of the Abducted Schoolgirls, Nigeria. 3 dresses from 3 of the nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped by the Islamic militants Boko Haram on April 14, 2014 from their school dormitory in Chibok, a village in northern Nigeria. Despite the media frenzy surrounding the story (#BringBackOurGirls), the girls themselves have largely been missing from the coverage. © Glenna Gordon, USA
General News Singles, 1st place. Kitchen table after mortar attack, Donetsk, Ukraine, August 26. Artillery fire killed three people and wounded 10 on August 26, 2014. Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency © Sergei Ilnitsky
General News Singles, 2nd place. Operation Mare Nostrum—Boat refugees rescued by the Italian Navy on June 7. Only in 2014, 170,081 people were rescued and taken to Italy. © Massimo Sestini, Italy.
Contemporary Issues Stories, 3rd Place. Blue Sky Days. 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. © Tomas van Houtryve, VII, for Harper's.
Contemporary Issues Singles, 2nd place. Worker at a Christmas decoration factory, China. Wei, a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wearing a face mask and a Santa hat, stands next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air. He wears six masks a day and the hat protects his hair from the red dust. © Ronghui Chen, China, City Express.
Sports Singles, 1st place. The Final Game. Argentina player Lionel Messi comes face to face with the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium. His team lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time. © Bao Tailiang, Chengdu Economic Daily
Sports Singles, 2nd Place. The Beckham Catch. 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. © Al Bello, USA, Getty Images.
Portraits Stories, 3rd place. Cadets. Portraits of cadets from the most important military academies of Europe. © Paolo Verzone, Italy, Agence VU'.
Nature Stories, 1st place. Mindsuckers—the bizarre world of mind-controlling parasites. When spores of the fungus land on an ant, they penetrate its exoskeleton and enter its brain, compelling the host to leave the forest floor and scale a nearby tree. Filled with fungus, the dying ant fastens itself to a leaf. Fungal stalks burst from the ant and rain spores below, beginning the process anew. When spores of the fungus land on an ant, they penetrate its exoskeleton and enter its brain, compelling the host to leave the forest floor and scale a nearby tree. Filled with fungus, the dying ant fastens itself to a leaf. Fungal stalks burst from the ant and rain spores below, beginning the process anew. © Anand Varma
Nature Singles, 1st place. Monkey being trained for circus, 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. © Yongzhi Chu, China.
Nature Singles, 2nd place. Saving Africa’s Great Animals—orphaned rhino. A group of young Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife that exists literally in their own backyard. © Ami Vitale, USA, National Geographic.
Long Term Projects, 1st place. Family Love 1993-2014—The Julie Project. I first met Julie on January 28, 1993. She lived in San Francisco’s SRO district, a neighborhood of soup kitchens and cheap rooms. Her first memory of her mother is getting drunk with her at 6. She ran away at 14 and became drug addict at 15. For the next 21 years I photographed Julie Baird and her family’s complex story. © Darcy Padilla, USA, Agence VU'.
Spot News Stories, 1st place. A protester calls for medical aid for a comrade shot dead. February 19-21, Kiev, Ukraine. After months of violence, anti-government protesters remained mobilized in Kiev’s Independence Square, known as the Maidan. On Saturday, February 20, unidentified snipers opened fire on unarmed protesters. According to an official source, 70 protesters were shot dead. © Jérôme Sessini
Spot News Singles, 1st place. Girl wounded during clashes between riot police and protestors, Istanbul, March 12. 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. © Bulent Kilic, Agence France-Presse