World Press Photo of the Year winning entry, Hope for a New Life by Warren Richard.

World Press Photo of the Year winning entry, Hope for a New Life by Warren Richard.

It’s no surprise that the global refugee crisis dominated the submissions of the World Press Photo Contest this year.

Despite being an annual force of personal creative inspiration, the contest also acts as a humble reflection of greater humanity and the world as it stands. Each year, each entry, each photographer slowly reveals a glimpse and at times hidden truths into the zeitgeist.

So while it’s no shock to see the very real struggle of thousands of displaced humans traversing around continents reflected in this year’s entries, they also remind us of the stunning surprises the world still has to offer.

Congratulations to this year’s World Press Photo of the Year winner, Australian Warren Richard.

Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas Daily Life, third prize stories. Sebastián Liste.

Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas
Daily Life, third prize stories. Sebastián Liste.

Douma’s Children General News, second prize stories. And Doumany.

Douma’s Children
General News, second prize stories. And Doumany.

Storm Front on Bondi Beach Nature, first prize singles. Rohan Kelly.

Storm Front on Bondi Beach
Nature, first prize singles. Rohan Kelly.

Whale Whisperers Nature, second prize singles. Anwar Patjane Floriuk.

Whale Whisperers
Nature, second prize singles. Anwar Patjane Floriuk.

La Maya Tradition People, second prize stories. Daniel Ochoa de Olza.

La Maya Tradition
People, second prize stories. Daniel Ochoa de Olza.

Check out the full winners here.

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