Photographer: Tomas Munita for The New York Times

See the Prizewinning Images From the 2017 World Press Photo Contest

You'll immediately recognize some of these pictures, which have taken their place in history as the defining images of social movements or significant moments. Others stand out for their visual creativity and skill.

The winners of the 60th World Press Photo Contest, run by a Dutch non-profit foundation, were chosen from more than 80,000 images submitted by more than 5,000 photographers from around the world. Photo of the Year was awarded to Turkish Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici for his image capturing the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, in December. Here is a selection of the winning images.

  1. An Assassination in Turkey

    An Assassination in Turkey

    World Press Photo of the Year
    Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting dead Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, on Dec. 19 at an art gallery in Ankara.

    Photographer: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo

  2. Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge

    Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge

    Contemporary Issues — First Prize, Singles
    Activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, on July 9.

    Photographer: Jonathan Bachman/Thomson Reuters

  3. Standing Rock

    Standing Rock

    Contemporary Issues — First Prize, Stories
    Riot police clear marchers from a road outside a Dakota Access Pipeline worker camp using rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and arrests. In other incidents, they've employed militarized vehicles, water canons, tear gas and have been accused of using percussion grenades.

    Photographer: Amber Bracken

  4. The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War

    The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War

    Daily Life — First Prize, Singles
    At the hospital, Najiba holds her 2-year-old nephew Shabir, who was injured in a bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 29.

    Photographer: Paula Bronstein for Time Lightbox/Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting

  5. Cuba on the Edge of Change

    Cuba on the Edge of Change

    Daily Life — First Prize, Stories
    A weathered barber shop in Old Havana, Cuba. In December, days after Fidel Castro’s death, his ashes were taken into the countryside, on a route that retraced, in reverse, the steps of the revolution he led in 1959. Towns and villages along the route were emptied of residents as thousands tried to catch a glimpse of Castro’s remains.

    Photographer: Tomas Munita/Tomas Munita for The New York Times

  6. Offensive on Mosul

    Offensive on Mosul

    General News — First Prize, Singles
    The Iraqi Special Operations Forces search houses of Gogjali, an eastern district of Mosul, looking for Daesh members, equipment, and evidence on Nov. 2.

    Photographer: Laurent Van der Stockt/Getty Reportage for Le Monde

  7. They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals

    They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals

    General News — First Prize, Stories
    Police investigate inside an alley where Romeo Joel Torres Fontanilla was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in the early morning, in Manila, Philippines.

    Photographer: Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

  8. Black Days of Ukraine

    Black Days of Ukraine

    Long-Term Projects — First Prize
    Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in Luhanskaya, eastern Ukraine.

    Photographer: Valery Melnikov/Rossia Segodnya

  9. Caretta Caretta Trapped

    Caretta Caretta Trapped

    Nature — First Prize, Singles
    A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, on June 8. Sea turtles are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Unattended fishing gear is responsible for many sea turtle deaths.

    Photographer: Francis Pérez

  10. Rhino Wars

    Rhino Wars

    Nature — First Prize, Stories
    Care For Wild Africa is a donor-run organization that specializes in caring for wounded animals. They have a special focus on rhino and have taken in many rhino orphans from the poaching wars across South Africa at this time. Their latest orphan is Lulah. Her mother was killed in Kruger National Park, and when the rangers found her she was estimated to be 1 month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears and parts of her nose, as well as a big bite off of her rear right leg.

    Photographer: Brent Stirton/Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine

  11. What ISIS Left Behind

    What ISIS Left Behind

    People — First Prize, Singles
    Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq, seven days earlier. The fear of so-called Islamic State and the lack of food forced them to leave their home, her mother says. Now Maha lays on a dirty mattress in the overcrowded transit center in Debaga’s refugee camp. “I do not dream and I'm not afraid of anything anymore,” Maha says quietly while her mother's hand strokes her hair.

    Photographer: Magnus Wennman/Aftonbladet

  12. Aenikkaeng


    People — First Prize, Stories
    Port of Progreso, where Koreans first arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. Their final stop was Merida, where they were sold off to the highest bidders as slaves.

    Photographer: Michael Vince Kim

  13. Grand National Steeplechase

    Grand National Steeplechase

    Sports — First Prize, Singles

    Jockey Nina Carberry flies off her horse Sir Des Champs as they fall at The Chair fence during the Grand National steeplechase on day three of the Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, on April 9.

    Photographer: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

  14. Boys Will Be Boys

    Boys Will Be Boys

    Sports — First Prize, Stories
    Muddy York Rugby Football Club players Michael Smith, left, Devin McCarney, center, and Jean Paul Markides are photographed during a rehearsal for their performance at the annual team fundraiser drag show in Toronto, on Nov. 5. Fundraisers, along with sponsorships, play a major role for the team's season budget. Each player pays an annual fee to the club that covers the uniforms, practice facilities and Rugby Ontario fees. Muddy York helps players who can't afford the payment, with an exemption.

    Photographer: Giovanni Capriotti

  15. An Assassination in Turkey

    An Assassination in Turkey

    Spot News — First Prize, Stories
    Gallery goers after Mevlut Mert Altintas shot Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov at an art gallery in Ankara, on Dec. 19.

    Photographer: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo