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.

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".
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 Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey. and Spot News, first prize stories - Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, speaks at an art gallery before being shot by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, left, in Ankara, Turkey.
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.
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.
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.
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 men panic and struggle in the water during their rescue. Their rubber boat was in distress and deflating quickly on one side, tipping many migrants in the water. They were quickly reached by rescue swimmers and brought to safety.
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.
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.
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.
Long-Term Projects, first prize stories - Citizens in the village of Luhanskaya after the air attack.Credit: Valery Melnikov
General News, second prize stories - A family flees the fighting in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, as oil fields burned in Qayyara, Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 anguish as she screams "papa" before funeral parlor workers move the body of her father, Jimboy Bolasa, from the wake at the start of the funeral to Navotas Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. Unidentified men abducted Mr. Bolasa and a neighborhood friend one night. Less than an hour later, their beaten bodies, with signs of torture and gunshot wounds, were dumped under a nearby bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
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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