Pictures of the Year international first began its annual competition for photojournalism back in 1944. The competition has recognized excellence in photojournalism by honoring the photographers, editors, and their organizations. It has also preserved a visual archive of our shared history.

Please see below for some of the winners from 71st Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition. To see all winning entries, please visit POYi.

Daniel Berehulak
Photographer of the Year, First Place

Hindu Devotees Gather For The Maha Kumbh (SINGLE)
A Sadhu blows a conch shell as other Sadhus or Hindu holy men bathe on the banks of the Ganges river as people gather ahead of the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 13, 2013 in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Kumbh Mela alternates between the cities of Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The Maha Kumbh Mela celebrated at the holy site of Sangam in Allahabad, is the largest and holiest, celebrated over 55 days, attracted over 100 million people.


Fire Erupts At LDA Plaza In Lahore (SINGLE)
A man falls from a high floor of a burning building in central Lahore on May 09, 2013 in Lahore, Pakistan. Bystanders stood helplessly for hours as helicopters circled and rescue services attempted to reach the stranded survivors of the fire that broke out on the 7th floor of a 13 storey office building in central Lahore, Pakistan. At least three people fell from the high floors trying to avoid fire that engulfed the building


Kabul suicide attack thwarted (SINGLE)
The body of a suicide bomber killed by ANA personnel lays on the ground at a police station, as forensic personnel gather evidence, on September 22, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An Afghan National Army bus was attacked by a suicide bomber armed with a gun and a suicide vest. He got into the bus which was heading towards Khairkhana pass and started shooting at the Afghan NA personnel inside the bus, when his vest did not explode, he was brought down by an ANA officer. The bomber was alone and the target was ANA transportation bus, said a spokesman to Kabul police department.

Sunset fishing (SINGLE)
Children work to catch fish at a fish farm on July 23, 2013 in Purbodhala district of Northern Bangladesh.

 

 

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

8-month-old Samiullah, suffering from what doctors call Marasmus, another sign of advanced malnutrition in which the child’s
face looks like that of a wrinkled old man because skin hangs on it so loosely, is held by his mother Islam Bibi, 15, from Marjah district, as they receive treatment on a plastic mattress in an administrative office due to overcrowding in the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) wards, at the Bost Hospital, a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) assisted hospital, on September 23, 2013 in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is experiencing a rise in malnutrition cases across the country. The Bost hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of war-torn Helmand Province have been registering significant increases in severe malnutrition among children. Countrywide, such cases have increased 50 percent or more compared with 2012, according to U.N. figures. Reasons for the increase remain uncertain, or in dispute. Most doctors and aid workers agree that continuing war and refugee displacement are contributing factors. Some believe that the growing number of child patients may be at least partly a good sign, as more poor Afghans are hearing about treatment available to them. Despite years of Western involvement and billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, children’s health is not only still a problem, but also worsening.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

“Afghanistan’s hunger crisis”

Afghan women test the appetite of their children, as part of an assessment of theirmalnutrition levels, at an outreach therapeutic feeding program. Aid workers working for Action contre la Faim (ACF), a French NGO, provide care and supplies for malnourished children at an outreach program at a Kabul Informal settlement, housing internally displaced persons.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

Nurses measure the height of an Afghan child to assess its nutritional status, and to obtain a Z-score, a combination of a weight and height assessment resulting in a median weight-for-length percentage, at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital on September 21, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The basic information and measurements that constitute anthropometric measurements in children are Age, Sex, Length, Height, Weight and Oedema. These measurements are essential for measuring and classifying nutritio-nal status in children under 5 years.

 

 

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

Malnourished Afghan children sit with their mothers as they receive medical care in the ITFC (Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre) ward at the Bost Hospital, a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) assisted hospital, on September 24, 2013 in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The Bost hospital has seen a four-fold increase in severe acute malnutrition cases since January, according
to officials with Medecins sans Frontieres, which supports the Afghan-run hospital with funding and supplementary foreign staff.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

A nurse measures the weight of an Afghan child to assess its nutritional status, and to obtain a Z-score, a combination of a weight and height assessment resulting in a median weight-for-length percentage, at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital on September 21, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

Afghan children suffering from malnutrition, (2L) Ahmed Wali, 2 1/2 years old, suffering from the condition known as kwashiorkor, from Nadali, lays next to (3L) Ahmed Khan, 1, as they receive critical medical care in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Bost Hospital, a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) assisted hospital, on September 23, 2013 in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Ahmed Wali is the ninth of the ten children of his mother, Baka Bebi, who is in her mid 30s; she weaned him onto powdered milk mixed with stream water as soon as she could.

Guldana breast fed Ahmad Khan for 2 months, after which the family bought a goat to provide milk for the child. After few months Ahmad Khan stopped eating, throwing up food given to him. It took one month of Ahmad being sick for Guldana to bring her son in due to the distance and inadequate care where she was. The Bost hospital has seen a four-fold increase in severe acute malnutrition cases since January, according to officials with Medecins sans Frontieres, which supports the Afghan-run hospital with funding and supplementary foreign staff.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

15 month old Wahidullah, from Logar province, suffering from the condition known as kwashiorkor, a severe form of malnutrition, has his bloated stomach drained of fluid as at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital on September 21, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kwashiorkor is a severe form of malnutrition which is due to a deficiency in dietary protein. The extreme lack of protein causes an osmotic imbalance in the gastro-intestinal system causing swelling of the gut diagnosed as an edema or retention of water.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

Women sit with their malnourished children as they receive treatment in the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) wards, at the Bost Hospital, a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) assisted hospital, on September 23, 2013 in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The Bost hospital has seen a four-fold increase in severe acute malnutrition cases since January, according
to officials with Medecins sans Frontieres, which supports the Afghan-run hospital with funding and supplementary foreign staff.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

Afghan women with their children at an outreach therapeutic feeding program. Aid workers working for Action contre la Faim (ACF), a French NGO, provide care and supplies for malnourished children at an outreach program at a Kabul Informal settlement, housing internally displaced persons.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

4 year old Noor Ahmad, is held by his mother Qamar Gula, 30, on a plastic mattress (unseen) in an administrative office, due to overcrowding in the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) wards, as malnourished Afghan children receive medical care at the Bost Hospital, a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) assisted hospital, on September 23, 2013 in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Qamar Gula, having lost 3 children previously, from Garamser district, travelled with her son Noor Ahmad, as he was not eating and his stomach was swelling. Qamar Gul waited a month, taking her baby in to local clinics, before being told to take Noor Ahmad to the Bust hospital in Lashkar Gah. Qamar Gula, has already lost 3 sons previously, 2 newborns to hepatitis and the other drowned in their nearby Helmand river.

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – SEPTEMBER 21: A mother lays with her malnourished child, receiving treatment at the Indira Gandhi Children Hospital on September 21, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Maha Kumbh Mela  (STORY)

“The Maha Kumbh Mela”

Hindu pilgrims make their way over pontoon bridges near Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela on February 9, 2013 in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati. The Kumbh Mela alternates between the cities of Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The Maha Kumbh Mela celebrated at the holy site of Sangam in Allahabad, is the largest and holiest, celebrated over 55 days. At least 100 million people travelled to bathe on the banks of the Ganges river.

The Maha Kumbh Mela  (STORY)

Hindu devotees make their way to bathe on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 16, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Naga sadhus bathe on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy Ganges and Yamuna rivers during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti , the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 14, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Hindu devotees look on as Naga Sadhus, naked Hindu holy men (unseen), walk in procession to bathe on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, on the auspicious bathing day of Mauni Amavasya during the Maha Kumbh Mela on February 10, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Sadhus, naked Hindu holy men, walk in procession after having bathed on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, on the auspicious bathing day of Mauni Amavasya during the Maha Kumbh Mela on February 10, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Hindu devotees dress themselves after having bathed on the banks of Sangam on January 13, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

A man sells peacock feathers as Hindu devotee hold out sarees to dry after having bathed on the banks of Sangam on January 13, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Hindu devotees bathe on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy Ganges and Yamuna rivers during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti , the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 14, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

A man begs for alms as he stands with a decorated cow on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 16, 2013 in Allahabad, India

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Hindu devotees bathe on the banks of Sangam on January 13, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

The Maha Kumbh Mela (STORY)

Hindu devotees walk towards the banks of the holy Ganges river as people gather ahead of the Maha Kumbh Mela on January 13, 2013 in Allahabad, India.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

“Honoring Mandela”

People visit the statue of South African former president Nelson Mandela, unveiled today, in front of the Union Buildings on December 16, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African president Jacob Zuma earlier today unveiled the 9-meter bronze statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela a day after the anti-apartheid icon’s funeral in Qunu.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

Well wishers pay their respects as they listen to speeches during the State Memorial Service for the late President Nelson Mandela at FNB stadium on December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

People react to speeches during the State Memorial Service for the late President Nelson Mandela at FNB stadium on December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

A young parishioner waits to distribute tributes to Nelson Mandela, as others offer prayers and sing during Sunday mass in commemoration of the late Nelson Mandela at the Regina Mundi Roman Catholic church in Soweto on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr Mandela, died on Thursday aged 95, spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

Young parishioners offer prayers during Sunday mass in commemoration of the late Nelson Mandela at the Regina Mundi Roman Catholic church in Soweto on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr Mandela, died on Thursday aged 95, spent 27 years in jail before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

People cheer as they watch the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela being driven from the Union Buildings on the second day of a three-day lying in state on December 12, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

People cheer as they watch the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela being driven from the Union Buildings on the second day of a three-day lying in state on December 12, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

Well wishers line the street to watch the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela being driven to the Union Buildings marking the start of a three-day lying in state in Pretoria on December 11, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"Honoring Mandela" (STORY)

Mnikelo Ndagankulu, draped in a South African flag, sits on a hill overlooking the place where former South African President Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest in his ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape Province on December 15, 2013 in Qunu, South Africa.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

“Afghanistan’s growing army of addicts”

Afghan addicts look on as they stand in their small village, comprised of over 500 addicts, on the outskirts of the city in a community inhabited by over 500 addicts, on October 02, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Long a staging area for men who work as day laborers in Iran, Islam Qala is now also a frequent waypoint for addicts returning to Herat. Most of the men say they picked up their drug addiction while in Iran. The authorities there, struggling to deal with a widespread drug crisis of their own, are quick to banish Afghan addicts back across the border by the thousands, and the deported people stream back into Islam Qala six days a week.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

Drug users, smoke opium and heroine, on the outskirts of the city in a drug community comprising of at least 500 addicts, on October 03, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

Adam Khan, 45, a heroine addict, smokes the drug in his cave-like stone-built shelter, in a drug community, where he lives with approximately 500 other addicts, on the outskirts of the city, on October 03, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Khan having smoked Heroine for 15 years left his wife and family of seven children due to his addiction. He spends his time begging for money impersonating a holy man of sorts, and claims to be able to cure diseases. .

Drug addiction in Herat (STORY)

An Afghan opium drug addicts smoke opium on the outskirts of the city on October 02, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

An Afghan man, addicted to opium, looks on after inhaling the drug from off of a foil, as he sits on the ground, in a drug community comprising of at least 500 addicts, on the outskirts of the city on October 03, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

Drug addict, Ghulam Sakhi, 52, from Bandar, Iran, looks on after having opium, inhaling it from a foil, as he sits in a recess in the ground, in a drug community, where he lives with approximately 500 other addicts, on the outskirts of the city on October 03, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

Afghan drug addicts rest in a private-run shelter, offering them food, showers to wash themselves and their clothes, and a place to sleep, on October 02, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan. The clinic admits addicts offering shelter over a 25 day cycle, and then admit a new group of 50 addicts, after that period of time.

 

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

Drug addicts admitted as part of a 45 day rehabilitation program take part in daily activities at the Addicts Hospital in Herat. According to hospital staff, the 50 bed clinic has rehabilitated a total of 300 patients since its’ opening in 2011.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

A drug addict moves from his sleeping place in a drain below a street in Herat. According street-side shop owners, scores of drug addicts live beneath the street in small narrow drains, sheltering from the heat and the authorities looking to move them on.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

An Afghan man addicted to opium, looks on as he sits near his stone-built shelter covered with cloth, on the outskirts of the city, in a drug community comprising of at least 500 addicts, on October 03, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's growing army of addicts (STORY)

Afghan men, cover themselves as they smoke opium, to ensure all of the smoke doesn’t escape, in a drug community comprising of over 500 addicts, on the outskirts of the city on October 03, 2013 in Herat, Afghanistan.

Issue Reporting Picture Story – Freelance/Agency, First Place: “Afghanistan’s Worsening Hunger Crisis”


"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

Feature, Third Place: “Afghanistan’s Worsening Hunger Crisis”
"Afghanistan's hunger crisis" (STORY)

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Science & Natural History Picture Story, Second Place: “Living with Lions”


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“Living with Lions”

RIFIJI, SELOUS, TANZANIA, 4 MARCH 2013: Yusuf Shabani Difika, 41, lost both his arms to a lion attack on a fishing trip on the border of Selous National Park, Tanzania. The lion attacked Yusuf and his arms were shredded beyond recovery as he attempted to fend off the animal. He says the lion bit him multiple times on his arms, exposing his bones and ripping off the flesh. Yusuf was rescued by village friends who drove the lion off with sticks and machettes. Yusuf was rushed to a local clinic and then transported to a hospital where doctors had no choice but to amputate what was left of his arms. Yusuf has two children, aged 5 and 3, he has lost the ability to work and is entirely reliant on his father, his uncle and his cousins as well as the kindness of his village for his survival. He says the hardest thing is that he cannot clean himself or go to the bathroom without assistance. His uncle bathes him on a regular basis and his father and cousins help him to dress, eat and drink. Lion attacks on the rural people who farm close to Selous National Park are not uncommon. There is a degree of hypocrisy to the West’s expectation that these people should live with lions as if there is no danger. They do not benefit from the wildlife in Selous and they live in danger as there are no fences to the Park and the range of the lions often extends outside of the park. They are especially in vulnerable during the harvest period. Wild Bush pigs are attracted by young maize and rice crops and so people sleep in their fields in order to protect their crops. Rural people are especially exposed to lion attacks at this time. The lions are attracted to the bushpig presence, the pigs are hard to catch and the human beings are close at hand, often completely vulnerable and easy to subdue.

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WOLMARANSSTAD, SOUTH AFRICA, SEPTEMBER 2012: A captive-bred trophy lion roars at the manager on Buisfontein, a lion breeding farm outside of Wolmaransstad, South Africa, September 31, 2012. These lions are raised to maturity, used for breeding purposes and when old enough will be sold to hunters for lion hunts in South Africa. Seven years is the preferred age. As controversial as the practice is, it is legal under the South African judicial system. Two systems for the hunts exist in two different provinces of South Africa. One practice sees the lion released for a minimal 96 hours into a 3000-hectare area before the hunt can begin. The other practice sees the lion released for 3 months into a minimum 3000-hectare area before it can be hunted. Recent global research points to the fact that hunting and breeding programs are necessary components for the survival of lions into the future. These phenomenons go some way towards lessening pressure on wild lion populations as well as preserving a strong lion DNA base and a future repository for lions for areas where they have been decimated. The hunting industry is also a strong employer in Africa, with over 1.4 million square kilometers given over to hunting concessions. This is a landmass more than 20% higher than that given over to Wildlife Conservation areas. More than 18000 hunters come to Africa every year and the money high-end dangerous game hunting brings to the continent goes some way to preserving the land mass set aside for hunting. The South Africa Predators Breeders association is making strides towards a more regulated industry, with a charter and code of conduct in the works, which is expected to bring a stronger emphasis on ethical practice into play.

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NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 2012: American bow hunter Steve Sibrel hunts a captive bred lioness while professional hunter guides stand ready to protect him on a game farm close to the South Africa/Botswana border, October 19, 2012. Two legal systems for the hunts exist in two different provinces of South Africa. One practice sees the lion released for a minimal 96 hours into a 3000-hectare area before the hunt can begin. The other practice sees the lion released for 3 months into a minimum 3000-hectare area before it can be hunted. The lioness in these images was released 96 hours ahead of the hunt into the area. Recent global research points to the fact that hunting and breeding programs are necessary components for the survival of lions into the future. These practices go some way towards lessening pressure on wild lion populations as well as preserving a strong lion DNA base and a future repository for lions for areas where they have been decimated. The hunting industry is also a strong employer in Africa, with over 1.4 million square kilometers given over to hunting concessions. This is a landmass more than 20% higher than that given over to Wildlife Conservation areas. More than 18000 hunters come to Africa every year and the money high-end dangerous game hunting brings to the continent goes some way to preserving the land mass set aside for hunting.

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NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 2012: Professional hunters fool around with a dead captive bred lioness after a bow hunt on a game farm close to the South Africa/Botswana border region, October 19, 2012. Two systems for the hunts exist in two different provinces of South Africa. One practice sees the lion released for a minimal 96 hours into a 3000-hectare area before the hunt can begin. The other practice sees the lion released for 3 months into a minimum 3000-hectare area before it can be hunted. The lioness in these images was released 96 hours ahead of the hunt into the area. Recent global research points to the fact that hunting and breeding programs are necessary components for the survival of lions into the future. These practices go some way towards lessening pressure on wild lion populations as well as preserving a strong lion DNA base and a future repository for lions for areas where they have been decimated. The hunting industry is also a strong employer in Africa, with over 1.4 million square kilometers given over to hunting concessions. This is a landmass more than 20% higher than that given over to Wildlife Conservation areas. More than 18000 hunters come to Africa every year and the money high-end dangerous game hunting brings to the continent goes some way to preserving the land mass set aside for hunting.

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NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 2012: A captive bred lion is skinned after a hunt close to the South Africa/Botswana border, October 19, 2012. Two systems for the hunts exist in two different provinces of South Africa. One practice sees the lion released for a minimal 96 hours into a 3000-hectare area before the hunt can begin. The other practice sees the lion released for 3 months into a minimum 3000-hectare area before it can be hunted. The lioness in these images was released 96 hours ahead of the hunt into the area. Recent global research points to the fact that hunting and breeding programs are necessary components for the survival of lions into the future. These practices go some way towards lessening pressure on wild lion populations as well as preserving a strong lion DNA base and a future repository for lions for areas where they have been decimated. The hunting industry is also a strong employer in Africa, with over 1.4 million square kilometers given over to hunting concessions. This is a landmass more than 20% higher than that given over to Wildlife Conservation areas. More than 18000 hunters come to Africa every year and the money high-end dangerous game hunting brings to the continent goes some way to preserving the land mass set aside for hunting.

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NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 2012: Over 40 carcasses from lion hunts hang up to dry in a vehicle yard on a farm in the North West Province, South Africa, October 19, 2012. These bones come from lions killed in legal hunts. The dealer requires a local permit for Nature Conservation South Africa as well as a Cites export permit for this trade. There is a large Asian market for these bones, which are crushed and used in Asian medicines and also in Lion Wine. Lion bone has become more popular in Asian culture as a result of the increasing rarity of the Tiger. Tiger parts have long been a part of Asian traditional medicine, but with less than 3000 tigers left in the wild, lion bone is becoming increasingly popular. Conservationists argue that this increasing demand for lion bone will severely impact wild lion populations. Hunters and breeders argue that they can easily meet the demand and that a legal trade means wild lion populations as well as tiger populations will be saved as captive breeding and hunting of those lions can meet the demand. Prices for a lion skeleton vary, from $1200 to $10,000. South Africa is the lion hunting and breeding capital of the world, with an estimated 500 plus lions hunted every year and the largest breeding programs in the world.

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NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 2012: Lion bones from hunts are hung up to dry on a hunting concession in the North West Province, South Africa, October 19, 2012. These bones come from lions killed in legal hunts. The dealer requires a local permit for Nature Conservation South Africa as well as a Cites export permit for this trade. There is a large Asian market for these bones, which are crushed and used in Asian medicines and also in Lion Wine. Lion bone has become more popular in Asian culture as a result of the increasing rarity of the Tiger. Tiger parts have long been a part of Asian traditional medicine, but with less than 3000 tigers left in the wild, lion bone is becoming increasingly popular. Conservationists argue that this increasing demand for lion bone will severely impact wild lion populations. Hunters and breeders argue that they can easily meet the demand and that a legal trade means wild lion populations as well as tiger populations will be saved as captive breeding and hunting of those lions can meet the demand. Prices for a lion skeleton vary, from $1200 to $10, 000. South Africa is the lion hunting and breeding capital of the world, with an conservative estimate of 500 plus lions hunted every year and the largest captive breeding programs in the world.

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MPIMBWE, WESTERN TANZANIA, OCTOBER 2012: Lion Dancers from the Sakuma tribe perform the story of their lion killing outside a village in rural Mpimbwe, Western Tanzania, October 27, 2012. Lion dancers are men who have killed a lion in defense of their cattle or their village. They are a deeply superstitious people who believe that once they have killed a lion they have to become a lion dancer for 3 to 5 years to avoid going mad. They spend a year or longer preparing with the local witchdoctor and then go from village to village seeing their relatives and dancing while collecting tribute for their bravery. In a time when lion are very scarce in the region, this practice is actively discouraged by conservation organizations and it is slowly dying out. It is illegal in Tanzania. When the dancers appear in the villages, they are often praised and given money, goats and even sometimes a small cow. It is therefore something that some young men aspire to, even going as far as to venture into the local Katavi National Park in pursuit of a lion.

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LOLIONDO, NORTHERN TANZANIA, NOVEMBER 2012: Young men parade at a Maasai coming-of-age ceremony in a remote Maasai village in Loliondo, Northern Tanzania, 2 November 2012. Two of the young warriors in this ceremony are wearing a Lion Mane head-dress from a lion they speared 3 years ago. The Maasai have a long history of lion-killing, both as a proving ground for young warriors in their ascent to manhood and also to protect their cattle from lion attacks. This is an illegal activity and 3 years ago a number of young warriors were arrested and jailed in this region for killing lions. Illegal lion killing continues amongst the Maasai today, but as lion numbers dwindle, this activity is also increasingly rare to find. Conflict between the pastoralist Maasai and the lion is an age-old phenomenon and if lion kill cattle the Maasai will go on lion hunts.

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LOLIONDO, NORTHERN TANZANIA, NOVEMBER 2012: Two young men don lion manes as they prepare to attend a Maasai coming-of-age ceremony in Loliondo, Northern Tanzania, 2 November 2012.The Lion Mane head-dresses are from lions they speared 3 years ago. The Maasai have a long history of lion-killing, both as a proving ground for young warriors in their ascent to manhood and also to protect their cattle from lion attacks. This is an illegal activity and 3 years ago a number of young warriors were arrested and jailed in this region for going on a lion killing spree. Illegal lion killing continues amongst the Maasai today, but as lion numbers dwindle, this activity is also increasingly rare to find. If cattle are killed by lions however, the Masai will go on a lion hunt. Conflict between the pastoralist Maasai and the lion is an age-old phenomenon.

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AMBOSELLI ECOSYSTEM, KENYA, 25 FEBRUARY 2013: Images of “Lion Guardians” using telemetry to locate lions in the ecosystem outside of Amboselli National Park, Kenya, 25 February 2013. Lion guardians is a conservation program which recruits leading Maasai men, many of whom are former lion killers, into a system which monitors lions, confers a sense of ownership and pride in them and forms a Maasai vanguard which seeks to prevent other Maasai from hunting lions in retribution for cattle killing. Retaliatory and traditional spearing by Maasai warriors is the greatest threat to the survival of lions in Maasailand. the Lion Guardians program is unique in employing the traditional enemy of lions to conserve rather than kill them. The Guardians monitor spoor, use telemetry devices to track collared lions, and collect dna samples for analysis. They have also named all the lions in their area and recently produced identity cards which further reinforce notions of lion identity within Maasai communities.

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NAIROBI, KENYA, MARCH 7 2012: Maasai youth Richard Turere, 13, attachs his “Lion Lights” invention to the timber posts of a cattle kraal close to his home on the outskirts of Nairobi National Park, Kenya, March 7, 2013. Richard devised these lights when he was 11 years old and they are an effective local solution to lion attacks on Maasai livestock at night. “These lights are a small device which protects Maasai cows from lions,” says Richard. “Lions fear moving lights so I have made a device that tricks lions into thinking that I am awake and walking around when I am actually sleeping in my bed.” Richard has become a minor celebrity as a result of his invention, Brookhouse School, an exclusive private institution, has offered him a full scholarship and he has given a number of TED talks about his invention. Richard is now considering an electric fence design, but this time its aim is to keep people out.

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Paula Bronstein
News Picture Story – Freelance/Agency, Award of Excellence: “Devastation: Philippines”


Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

“Devastation:Philippines”

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever recorded caused catastrophic destruction, around 6,190 people were killed and 11 million people affected with many left homeless.

An emotional goodbye as the reality of leaving home hits him, a Filipino man cries while on board a US military C-130 aircraft as he is about to be evacuated along with thousands of victims of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban. The Philippines has been host to a number of natural disasters but on November 8, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan hit the islands of Leyte and Samar causing catastrophic destruction. Haiyan ( also known as Yolanda ) was an exceptionally powerful cyclone that is the strongest typhoon ever recorded. Around 6,190 people were killed and as of January, 2014 bodies are still being found. According to the UN officials about 11 million people have been affected, many left homeless.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

A body is seen in the ocean in Tacloban surrounded by the destruction it was washed up from typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, the elderly and many injured are evacuated to a US military C-130 aircraft along with thousands of victims of typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, a pregnant woman is seen at a makeshift clinic at the airport waiting to be evacuated after typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, a typhoon victim wipes his face, taking a break from many hours of digging for personal belongings at his devastated home.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, a mother washes her son amongst the destruction left from typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, a man hammers away amongst the destruction left from typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, a mother walks with her daughter amongst the destruction left from typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, victims of typhoon Haiyan pray during a Sunday mass.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, A woman grieves over the body of her husband at a makeshift clinic who just died from injuries suffered from typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan Devistates Philippines

In Tacloban, A child stands next to a shallow grave along the beach where an entire village was devastated from typhoon Haiyan.

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Shaul Schwarz, Director
Documentary Journalism, Award of Excellence: “Healing Bobby”

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Bobby Henline was the sole survivor of a roadside bombing in Iraq. A third of his body was burned. Now a stand-up comedian, he has turned pain into humor and hope.

 

Patrick Smith
Sports Photographer of the Year, First Place

Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during his final home game after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jay Bouwmeester #19 of the St. Louis Blues crashes into the boards against the Washington Capitals in the third period during an NHL game at the Verizon Center on November 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Left fielder Nate McLouth #9 of the Baltimore Orioles cannot catch a foul ball hit by Jayson Nix #17 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 29, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.

A Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader dances during the second half of an NFL between Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 15, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gary Stevens, jockey of Oxbow, warms up on a mechanical horse prior to the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Stevens won the Preakness race.

Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens takes a snap against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.

A rainbow shines in the sky as pitcher Kevin Gausman #37 of the Baltimore Orioles works batter Alberto Gonzalez #40 of the New York Yankees in the fourth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Turn left”

Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

A race fan holds an American flag prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, zips up her fire suit during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sam Hornish, Jr., driver of the #12 SKF Ford, flips his daughter Addison, 5, after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 19, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg’s / Cheez-It Ford, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.

Sports Feature, Third Place “Practice Makes Perfect”

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Cameron Spencer
Sports Photographer of the Year, Second Place

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Kris Koulanus of Poland competes during the Red Bull Cliff Diving qualifying round in the Hawkesbury River on January 31, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: Michael Walters of the Dockers contests the ball with Ted Richards of the Swans during the round eight AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Fremantle Dockers at SCG on May 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Ekaterina Makarova of Russia serves in her fourth round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day seven of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 02: The Bungan suf life saving crew lose control of their boat during the Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series at Dee Why Beach on February 2, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Competitors run under the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 2013 Sydney Running Festival on September 22, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 10: ‘Shere Khan’ races during the Sydney Regatta on Sydney Harbour, on March 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Australian snowboarder Steph Magiros poses during a portrait session on September 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Magiros is aiming to qualify for the Australian Winter Olympic Team in snowboard half-pipe for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

MANLY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 03: Swimmers race towards the shore during the 2013 Cole Classic at Shelly Beach on February 3, 2013 in Manly, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Roosters coach Trent Robinson is drenched in Gatorade after winning the 2013 NRL Grand Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 21: Brad Haddin of Australia bats during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 30: Shane Mumford of the Swans attempts to mark in the pack during the round 23 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at ANZ Stadium on August 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia

“The World Athletics Championships – Moscow”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 11: Arman Hall of the United States and Yousef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia competes in the Men’s 400 metres heats during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 16: Mo Farah of Great Britain crosses the Line to win gold in the Men’s 5000 metres final during Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium at Luzhniki Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 15: Snezana Rodic of Slovenia competes in the Women’s Triple Jump final during Day Six of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 13: Silke Spiegelburg of Germany celebrates a jupm in the Women’s pole vault final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 13, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica (L) and Justin Gatlin of the United States compete in the Men’s 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 11: A competitor clears the bar in the Men’s Decathlon Pole Vault during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

“The World Athletics Championships – Moscow”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 12: David Oliver of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Men’s 110 metres hurdles final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

“Paul De Gelder – Shark Attack Survivor”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder trains at the gym on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Paul de Gelder is is a fierce and dedicated athlete. De Gelder, 36, lost both an arm and a leg when he was attacked by a male bull shark during an anti-terrorism exercise working as a Navy Clearance Diver with the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney Harbour in February 2009. Over several years, De Gelder has had to rebuild his strength, his mind and his body with a disciplined rehabilitation program. Now, as a dedicated athlete with a strict training regimen, he’s fitter than he’s ever been and is extremely driven. De Gelder now travels Australia as a motivational speaker and shares his story to inspire others to overcome adversity. Paul is currently on location in South Australia monitoring the behaviour of Great White Sharks with scientists producing a documentary for Discovery Channel.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder trains at the gym on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. P

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder receives a Navy medical examination at HMAS Penguin Navy Base on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul De Gelder prepares for a run in Pyrmont on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul De Gelder runs in Pyrmont on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 19: Paul De Gelder delivers a motivational speech to executives from M&C Saatchi Worldwide on November 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder prepares for a swim in Sydney Harbour at Balmoral Beach on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder swims in Sydney Harbour off Balmoral Beach on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder walks along a wharf after swimming in Sydney Harbour at Balmoral Beach on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Paul de Gelder relaxes following a run in Pyrmont on November 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

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Quinn Rooney
Sports Photographer of the year, Award of Excellence

ANGLESEA, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 10: Kelsey Hill of Portsea Lifesaving Club warms up during the Victorian Surf Lifesaving Championships on March 10, 2013 in Anglesea, Australia.

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 20: Julian Simon of Spain crashes his #60 Italtrans Racing Team Kalex during the Moto2 race at the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 20, 2013 in Phillip Island, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 05: The field goes along the straight during race 3 the Carnival Handicap during Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 16: Brad Haddin of Australia takes a catch to dismiss Joe Root of England during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 16, 2013 in Perth, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 24: Competitors run into the water to start the Asia-Pacific Ironman Championship on March 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Ash Walsh crashes into a wall in his #17 Dick Johnson Racing Ford during the Sandown 500 race 28, which is round 10 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sandown International Motor Raceway on September 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays a backhand in his second round match against Tatsuma Ito of Japan during day three of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 11: Mark Bresciano of Australia celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Socceroos and Jordan at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 31: Armstrong Lazenby of Australia competes in the Men’s 1000m during the Short Track Speed Skating Australian Open Championships on August 31, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 21: Neville Jetta of the Demons is tackled by Liam Sumner of the Giants during the round four AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 21, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

ANGLESEA, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 10: Competitors run into the water in the board race during the Victorian Surf Lifesaving Championships on March 10, 2013 in Anglesea, Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 21: Australian speed skater Daniel Greig poses during a portrait session on June 21, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Greig is aiming to qualify for the Australian Winter Olympic Team in the Speed Skating event for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 09: Megan Jones of Australia riding Flowervale Maserati competes in the Cross Country during the Melbourne International Three Day Event at Werribee Park Mansion and the National Equestrian Centre on June 9, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 29: Richard Eliason of Australia competes in the Men’s 100 Metre Breaststroke Multi Class during day four of the World Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre on April 29, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JULY 19: Athletes train ahead of the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscina Municipal de Montjuic on July 19, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 01: Ryan Napoleon of Australia competes in the Men’s 100 Metre Butterfly during day six of the Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre on May 1, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 04: Nikola Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Alpkan Ornek of Turkey compete during the Swimming Men’s 400m Individual Medley heat 1 on day sixteen of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on August 4, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 27: Daniel Arnamnart of Australia competes in the Men’s 100 Metre Backstroke during day two of the Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre on April 27, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Al Bello
Sports Photographer of the year, Award of Excellence

Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Dmytro Mezhenskyi of Ukaine compete in the Men’s 10m Platform Synchronised Diving final on day two of the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscina Municipal de Montjuic on July 21, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches the go ahead touchdown against Ryan Mundy #21 of the New York Giants in the fouth Quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Guillermo Rigondeaux punches Nonito Donaire during their WBO/WBA junior featherweight title unification bout at Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013 in New York City.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory as Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks back to his chair after their men’s singles final match on Day Fifteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.


Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic
Sterling Gibbs #4 of the Seton Hall Pirates shoots against Cameron Clark #21 of the Oklahoma Sooners during their game at the Barclays Center on November 22, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York

Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein of Germany dive during the Men’s 10 Meter Platform Synchronized Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 4 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 12, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand during his men’s singles fourth round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain on Day Nine of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Morgan Cox #46 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A young fan looks on as Harry Zolnierczyk #39 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Michael Del Zotto #4 of the New York Rangers battle for the puck during their game at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 2013 in New York City.

Team Russia enters the pool ahead of the Synchronized Swimming Free Combination Final on day eight of the 15th FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on July 27, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

NIT Season Tip-Off
Retin Obasohan #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide falls after taking a shot and watches Shannon Hale #11 of the Alabama Crimson Tide score against the Duke Blue Devils during their Semi Final game of the NIT Season Tip Off at Madison Square Garden on November 27, 2013 in New York City.

Ryan Mattheus #52 of the Washington Nationals pitches as Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals is ready against the New York Mets during their game on April 20, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves against Jelena Janovic of Serbia during the Womens Semi Finals on Day 11 of the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida.

John Makdessi celebrates after knocking out Renee Forte (not pictured) in their UFC lightweight bout at the Air Canada Center on September 21, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sascha Klein of Germany trains during at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 1 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 9, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cassius Duran of Brazil dives during the Men’s 10 Meter Platform Semi Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 1 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 9, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Divers train at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 1 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 9, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Cheong Jun Hoong of Malaysia dives during the Women’s 3 meter Springboard Semi Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 1 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 9, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Yorick De Bruijn of the Netherlands dives showing a tatoo on his arm that reads “Whatever you love doing keep doing it.” during the Mens 3 Meter Springboard Preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 2 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 10, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Julia Stolle and Maria Kurjo of Germany dive during the Women’s 10 Meter Platform Synchronized Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 3 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 11, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sun Zhiyi of China dives during the Mens 3 Meter Springboard Preliminaries at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 2 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 10, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Juan Rios of Columbia dives during the Men’s 10 Meter Platform Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 3 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 11, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Dmytro Mezhenskyi of the Ukraine dive during the Men’s 10 Meter Platform Synchronized Finals at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center on Day 4 of the ATT USA Diving Grand Prix on May 12, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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