World press photo of the year 2017

Contemporary Issues – Third Prize, Stories, Copacabana Palace ©  Peter Bauza 
Edilane and 3 of her 7 kids (at the time of the shoot) are resting on a mattress on the floor. She is giving soon birth to a son. Despite all her problems and struggling often how to feed her kids next day, she is still positive about her life. Recently she was able to build up a very small and basic Internet store inside the buildings. Out of approx. 10 old computers she makes one for the store.This represents some 5 USD daily. The people of “Copacabana Palace”, also usually called Jambalaya or Carandiru, are the “sem tetos, sem terras”. Generally hidden from view, they represent the dark side of Brazil’s multibillion-dollar spending spree on global sporting events such as the 2007 Pan American Games, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Olympics. There are thought to be several million people in Brazil without a stable roof (sem moradias), and the number is rising. Despite government housing schemes „minha casa, minha vida“ and anti-poverty policies the “sem tetos, sem terras” (homeless and landless) face a bleak future.

Nature – Second Prize, Stories, Pandas Gone Wild © Ami Vitale, for National Geographic Magazine
Seven-year-old giant panda Min Min had a baby girl at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China . It was 3 long days and nights of waiting for her to give birth and the vets thought it was likely to be a still birth. A very healthy giant panda cub emerged with a loud scream. She is the largest cub born this year to first-time mother Min Min. Giant pandas are born tiny, blind and helpless. The limbs of newborn pandas are so weak that they are not able to stand and for the first two months baby pandas only nurse, sleep, and poo. They are weaned between 8-9 months and a year old.

People – Second Prize, Stories, Enfarinat © Antonio Gibotta, Agenzia Controluce
Each 28th december, in Ibi – province of Alicante, in Spain -, the “The floured’s war” takes place. It’s a festival in which the citizens are divided into two groups: the first is called the Enfarinat (the floured), that simulate a coup d’etat; the other one tries to calm down the rebellion. The teams plays with flour, water, eggs and coloured smoke bombs: the photos taken during the match are beautiful. It has been celebrated since 200 years and it’s linked to the day of the massacre of innocents, when Herod, king of Judea, ordered to kill each baby in order to find Jesus.

Nature – First prize, stories, Rhino Wars © Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine 
“Care for Wild Africa” is a donor run orgnaniation 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 Lulah she was estimated to be one month old. Hyenas had attacked the tiny calf and chewed off her ears, parts of her nose and inflicted a large bite on her rear right leg. Lulah has a strong will to live and despite fighting off infection in the wound she is looking like she will survive. Lulah has a full time caregiver Dorota Ladosz, 25, who are full time staff at C.W.A. Dorota has an honors degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lives full time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals. Lulah received surgery on this day and her wounds were cleaned out by Jan-Louis Ras, a surgeon who volunteers his services to Care for Wild Africa but actually usually works on humans. Infections in Lulah’s leg were cleaned out and her ears and the top of her head were dressed and disinfected. Care for Wild Africa has taken care of multiple rhino calves like this and today they have 27 survivors living on the property. Paying for their upkeep and their security is difficult.

Long term projects – First prize, Black Days Of Ukraine  © Valery Melnikov, Rossiya Segodnya 
Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by the air attack in the Luhanskaya village

Contemporary Issues – First Prize, Singles, Taking A Stand In Baton Rouge © Jonathan Bachman, Thomson Reuters
Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA, on 9 July 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men.
Daily Life – First prize, Stories, Cuba On The Edge Of Change © Tomas Munita, for The New York Times 
Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo waited along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan on December 3, 2016. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.

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