This Year's Best Press Photos Are Absolutely Electrifying

Mexico’s Colima Volcano displays a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballistic projectiles, and incandescent rockfalls. Credit: Sergio Tapiro
Mexico’s Colima Volcano displays a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballistic projectiles, and incandescent rockfalls. Credit: Sergio Tapiro

The winners of the 59th annual World Press Photo contest were announced announced. Ranging from the Syrian refugee crisis and China’s Tianjin explosion to the wild orangutans of Borneo, these are the best that the year of photojournalism had to offer. They are all amazing.

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The images were selected out of 82,951 photos captured by 5,775 photographers from over 125 different countries.

Hope for a New Life, Warren Richardson.
Hope for a New Life, Warren Richardson.
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Top prize went to Warren Richardson for his photo (above) of a man passing a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke on August 28, 2015.

Storm Front on Bondi Beach, Australia. Credit: Rohan Kelly
Storm Front on Bondi Beach, Australia. Credit: Rohan Kelly

Top prize in the Nature category went to Rohan Kelly for this unbelievable shot of a “cloud tsunami.” Love the sunbather who appears to be oblivious to the spectacle.

Credit: Tim Laman
Credit: Tim Laman
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Don’t look down, buddy. This photo taken by Tim Laman shows a Bornean orangutan climbing over 30 meters up in a tree in the rainforest of Palung National Park in Indonesia.

Haze in China. Credit: Zhang Lei
Haze in China. Credit: Zhang Lei
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This photo of Tianjin in China won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category. The hazy image was captured by Zhang Lei.

Refugees arrive in Greece. Credit: Sergey Ponomarev
Refugees arrive in Greece. Credit: Sergey Ponomarev
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Russian photographer Sergey Ponomarev won first prize in the General News category for this photograph of refugees arriving by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece.

Cloud of snow and debris on Everest. Credit: Roberto Schmidt
Cloud of snow and debris on Everest. Credit: Roberto Schmidt
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Roberto Schmidt took this photo of a cloud of snow and debris triggered by an earthquake flying towards Everest Base Camp, just moments before it flattened parts of the camp in the Himalayas. This photo won second prize in the News stories category.

Tough Times for Orangutans. Credit: Tim Laman
Tough Times for Orangutans. Credit: Tim Laman
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Top prize in the Nature Stories category went to Tim Laman for this photo of a Sumatran orangutan who’s threatening another nearby male in the Batan Toru Forest in Indonesia.

Crash. Credit: Christian Walgram.
Crash. Credit: Christian Walgram.
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Czech Republic’s Ondrej Bank crashes during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA. This first prize Sports photo was captured by Christian Walgram.

China’s Coal Addiction: Kevin Frayer
China’s Coal Addiction: Kevin Frayer
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Kevin Frayer of Canada won top prize in the Daily Life category for this photo of Chinese men pulling a tricycle next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China.

Tianjin Explosion From Above. Credit: Chen Jie
Tianjin Explosion From Above. Credit: Chen Jie
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Chen Jie’s aerial view of Tianjin shows the extent of the explosion on August 14, 2015.

Whale Whisperers. Credit: Anuar Patjane Floriuk
Whale Whisperers. Credit: Anuar Patjane Floriuk
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This photo won second prize in the Nature singles category. Captured by Mexico’s Anuar P. Floriuk, it shows divers swimming around a humpback whale and her new calf near Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico.

Check out many more photographs here.

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