World Press Photo: The Winners

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North Korean children perform at the Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten (c) David Guttenfelder
North Korean children perform at the Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten © David Guttenfelder
Three photographers from the US won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the Long Term Projects category. Mary Calvert won top honours with her story on the sexual assault of American military servicewomen, while Nancy Borowick is first runner up with a very personal story of terminal cancer treatment, told through the final weeks of her her parents. The 3rd prize goes to David Guttenfelder for his story, North Korea: Life in the Cult of Kim. Guttenfelder has made more than 40 trips to North Korea, setting up the first foreign press bureau there, for the Associated Press, the agency he was employed by for 20 years before going freelance.
Members of the Neptun Synchro synchronized swimming team perform during a Christmas show in Stockholm, Sweden, on 13 December 2015 (c) Jonas Lindkvist for Dagens Nyheter
Members of the Neptun Synchro synchronized swimming team perform during a
Christmas show in Stockholm, Sweden, on 13 December 2015 © Jonas Lindkvist for Dagens Nyheter
With no Olympics or World Cup last year, it was time for sports other than football and athletics to get the spotlight. Wrestling – Gris-gris style in Senegal – ice hockey and synchronised swimming ( Jonas Lindkvist’s eerie shot that cast mask-like shadows across the faces of five participants) all featured in the Sports categories.
In Nature,  Rohan Kelly (the third Australian recognised this year)’s picture of a massive ‘cloud tsunami’ looming over Bondi Beach takes 1st prize singles, while 3rd goes to Sergio Tapiro for an extraordinary image of Colima Volcano in Mexico showing a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballistic projectiles and incandescent rockfalls. The 2nd prize singles went to another Mexican, Anuar Patjane Floriuk, capturing divers surrounding a humpback whale and her newborn calf whilst they swim around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands.
Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballystics and some incandescent rockfalls. Photo taken on dec. 13 at 22:24 hours, 12.5 km away from the crater near a lagoon named Carrizalillos on Comala municipality in the state of Colima. Colima Volcano had a period of enormous activity on july of 2015, at least 700 inhabitants were evacuated from their settlements. The volcano mantains activity with 3 to 6 explosions by day. Lightning on Colima Volcano explosions became common on last months. This particular lightning is more than 600 meters long, so the big light made clear some details of the south portion of volcano. It's an 8 seconds shot, time enough to catch the explosion and the lightning (c) Sergio Velasco
Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballystics and some incandescent rockfalls. Photo taken on dec. 13 at 22:24 hours, 12.5 km away from the crater near a lagoon named Carrizalillos on Comala municipality in the state of Colima.
Colima Volcano had a period of enormous activity on july of 2015, at least 700 inhabitants were evacuated from their settlements. The volcano mantains activity with 3 to 6 explosions by day.
Lightning on Colima Volcano explosions became common on last months. This particular lightning is more than 600 meters long, so the big light made clear some details of the south portion of volcano. It’s an 8 seconds shot, time enough to catch the explosion and the lightning © Sergio Velasco
Tim Laman’s story on Sumatran orangutans won 1st prize stories. Brent Stirton, the South Africa-born Getty Images photographer who has World Press wins stretching back to 2002, collects 2nd prize for his story for National Geographic portraying the armed groups that profit most from the illegal ivory trade and the people at the frontline of the war against them, as well as others affected, in Central Africa. The 3rd prize story – Christian Ziegler’s essay on chameleons under threat in Madagasca – was also shot for the magazine.
Richardson collects €10,000 for his World Press Photo of the Year and a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera and lens kit. He and the other prizewinners are invited to the Awards Days, a two-day celebration includes talks and presentations held in Amsterdam on 22 and 23 April. Tickets are available to the public. The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting around 100 cities in about 45 countries over the course of the year and seen by more than 3.5 million people worldwide. The first World Press Photo 16 exhibition opens in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, on 16 April.
 
This story has been updated to include news that the 3rd prize winner in the People, stories category has been withdrawn and another awarded in its place.