IN PHOTOS: Winners of the 2017 World Press Photo Contest

25 of the most sad, stunning and thought-provoking photographs from the year that was.

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Nature, first prize singles - A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Nature, first prize singles - A sea turtle entangled in a fishing net swims off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.Credit: Francis Pérez, Foundation/Handout via REUTERS
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Nature, second prize stories - A 16-year-old giant panda was released into the wild after two years of "panda training".Credit: Ami Vitale
From Left: Photo of the Year, first prize singles - Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş shouts after shooting the Russian ambassador, and Spot News, first prize stories - Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador, TurkeCredit: Burhan Ozbilici, AP
People, first prize singles - Five-year-old Maha and her family fled from the village Hawija outside Mosul, Iraq.Credit: Magnus Wennman
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.Credit: Laurent Van der Stockt
People, third prize stories - The men's sevens US rugby team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Credit: Jay Clendenin, HANDOUT/Reuters
Spot News, third prize stories - Two migrants panic and struggle in the water during their rescue. Credit: Mathieu Willcocks, Mathieu Willcocks/AP
Spot News, third prize stories - Libyan fishermen throw a life jacket at a rubber boat full of migrants.Credit: Mathieu Willcocks
Long-Term Projects, first prize stories - Civilians escape from a fire at a house destroyed by an air attack in the Luhanskaya village.Credit: Valery Melnikov
Long-Term Projects, first prize stories - Citizens in the village of Luhanskaya after the air attack.Credit: Valery Melnikov
A family flees the fighting in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq.Credit: Sergey Ponomarev, The New York Times
Sports, first prize stories - The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King's Cross Steelers at the Ted Rhodes Park, in Nashville, Tennessee.Credit: Giovanni Capriotti
Sports, second prize stories - The chess player expresses his emotions during a game of chess.Credit: Michael Hanke, HANDOUT/Reuters
Contemporary Issues, first prize stories - A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806 in Dakota.Credit: Amber Bracken
General News, first prize stories - Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station in Manila, Philippines.Credit: Daniel Berehulak
Nature, second prize stories - Seven-year-old giant panda Min Min had a baby girl at Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. Credit: Ami Vitale / AP
General News, first prize stories - Six-year-old Jimji cries in the funeral of her father, he is Murdered by drug dealers in Manila, Philippines.Credit: Daniel Berehulak
Daily Life, first prize stories - A weathered barber shop in Old Havana, Cuba.Credit: Tomás Munita
Daily Life, second prize singles - Four students of a gymnastics school in Xuzhou, China, do toe-pressure training for 30 minutes in the afternoon.Credit: Tiejun Wang
Daily Life, first prize singles - At the hospital, Najiba holds her two-year-old nephew Shabir who was injured from a bomb blast in Kabul.Credit: Paula Bronstein
Daily Life, first prize stories - Trucks carried students home after the carriage carrying Fidel's ashes passed in Las Tunas Province, Cuba. Credit: Tomás Munita, The New York Times

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