The World Is Still With Us

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A family flees the fighting in Mosul as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq on Nov. 12, 2016. Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation. On the front, two Nigerian refugees cry in a detention center in Surman, Libya, photo by Daniel Etter, and a brother and sister from Nigeria cry aboard an overcrowded rubber rescue boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, photo by Santi Palacios.

For a much-needed break from the Trump apocalypse, here are this year's World Press Photo winners. The controversial choice for photo of the year was a Turkish AP photographer Burhan Ozbilici’s shocking photograph of a 22-year-old off-duty police officer assassinating the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery opening in December 2016. Some found the image morally problematic, and the head of the jury protested that placing it on a pedestal "reaffirms the compact between martyrdom and publicity.” But other judges argued the image, while disturbing, "spoke to the hatred of our times." Another echoed the sense that it reflects "a world marching towards the edge of an abyss...It is the face of hatred." Ozbilici’s photo was selected from 80,408 images submitted by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries; they were broken down into categories including Daily Life, General News, Nature, People, Sports and Spot News. Many of the winning images feature distraught refugees seeking safety from multiple, war-ravaged countries. They show fear, grace, anguish, hardship - above all, humanity, persisting.

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Syrian men carrying babies make their way through rubble in the rebel-held Salihin neighborhood of Aleppo on Sept. 11, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/Agence France-Presse/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation
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Standing Rock. Photo by Amber Bracken of Canada

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Gael Monfils of France dives during the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 25. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images


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Refugees who fled an overcrowded camp on the Greek-Macedonian border cross a river in an attempt to reach Macedonia despite its closed borders. Photo by Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press.

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A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of the Canary Islands, Spain. Photo by Francis Pérez.

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Eritrean migrants crammed in the hold of wooden boat holding over 500 people. Photo by Mathieu Willcocks/

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