With  78,801 photos submitted by 4,738 photographers, the 2019 World Press Photo of the Year Contest can only have winners of the very highest caliber. These hard-hitting images, taken by professional photo-journalists from all over the world, tell us the stories that matter, getting to the heart of the issues facing our world and opening our eyes to the often harsh reality.

This year's winner is a heartbreaking photo of 2-year-old Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez, who is captured crying as she and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas. The photo, which went viral and sparked a major debate, was taken by Getty Images photographer John Moore, who described the experience in an interview with NPR. "I could see the fear on their faces, in their eyes," the award-winning photographer said. "As the Border Patrol took people's names down, I could see a mother holding a young child."

As Sandra and Yanela were being processed and searched, officers asked the mother to set the child aside. "At that moment, the young child broke into tears, and she started wailing," Moore said. "I took a knee and had very few frames of that moment before it was over."

It was an unhappy end to a long an emotional journey for mother and daughter, attempting to make a better life for themselves after their own country of Honduras has descended into poverty and violence, due in no small part to U.S. policies over the years. Moore knew that for the pair, some painful times could lie ahead. “Most of us here had heard the news that the Trump administration had planned to separate families. And these people really had no idea about this news. And it was hard to take these pictures, knowing what was coming next.”

As the immigration debate intensified, the image of the tearful girl was juxtaposed against a stern-looking Donald Trump on the cover of the July 2018 edition of TIME magazine, alongside the caption: Welcome to America. Later on, it emerged that mother and daughter weren't actually split up on this occasion, leading many to accuse the photo of promoting a false narrative. Moore confirmed to CBS News that the agents he observed that night acted professionally but says he’s still pleased with both the response to his photo and the TIME cover image.

“Oftentimes, immigration is talked about in terms of statistics, and when you put a human face and humanize an issue, you make people feel,” Moore says. “And when you make people feel, they have compassion. And if I’ve done just a little bit of that, then that’s OK.”

Despite the controversy surrounding it, the judges felt that the powerful image was symbolic of the wider issue at hand, and more than merited the award.

Scroll down to see other winners in the prestigious contest, which has been running since 1955, and let us know your favorites in the comments!

#1

Environment, Singles, 1st Prize. "Akashinga - The Brave Ones" By Brent Stirton

Environment, Singles, 1st Prize. "Akashinga - The Brave Ones" By Brent Stirton

Petronella Chigumbura (30), a member of an all-female anti-poaching unit called Akashinga, participates in stealth and concealment training in the Phundundu Wildlife Park, Zimbabwe. Akashinga (‘The Brave Ones’) is a ranger force established as an alternative conservation model. It aims to work with, rather than against local populations, for the long-term benefits of their communities and the environment. Akashinga comprises women from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering them, offering jobs, and helping local people to benefit directly from the preservation of wildlife. Other strategies—such as using fees from trophy hunting to fund conservation—have been criticized for imposing solutions from the outside and excluding the needs of local people.

Brent Stirton Report

Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

This sounds like a good initiative--to work with the communities--to make it more valuable to protect the animals--that looks like a good, positive way forward.

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#2

Contemporary Issues, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Male Rape" By Mary F. Calvert

Contemporary Issues, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Male Rape" By Mary F. Calvert

Former US marine Ethan Hanson bathes at home in Austin, Minnesota, USA, after a sexual trauma experienced during his military service left him unable to take showers. During a boot camp, Ethan and fellow recruits were ordered to walk naked through a communal shower while pressed together. Ethan reported the incident, but was harassed by the other men for doing so. Nightmares and panic attacks later forced him to resign. Recent Defense Department figures show sexual assault in the military to be on the increase. Servicemen are less likely than women to report sexual trauma, fearing retaliation or stigma.

Mary F. Calvert Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

He is very brave to put his name forward here. That is powerful.

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#3

Nature, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Flamingo Socks" By V

Nature, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Flamingo Socks" By V

Caribbean flamingo inspects the improvised socks created to help heal its severe foot lesions, at the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben, Curaçao. The bird was brought by plane from neighboring island Bonaire, after spending a few weeks in a local rehabilitation facility. Such lesions are common among captive flamingos, as they have very sensitive feet and are used to walking on soft ground. After a few weeks of care the bird was transported back to Bonaire. There are around 3,000 breeding pairs of Caribbean flamingos on Bonaire, and a further 200 to 300 birds on Curaçao.

Jasper Doest Report

✎Kinda_Scarlett
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1 year ago

Poor flamingo :'(

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Spot News, Singles, 1st Prize, "Crying Girl On The Border" By John Moore

Spot News, Singles, 1st Prize, "Crying Girl On The Border" By John Moore

Immigrant families had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were then detained by US authorities. Sandra Sanchez said that she and her daughter had been traveling for a month through Central America and Mexico before reaching the US to seek asylum. The Trump Administration had announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy at the border under which immigrants caught entering the US could be criminally prosecuted. As a result, many apprehended parents were separated from their children, often sent to different detention facilities. After this picture was published worldwide, US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that Yanela and her mother had not been among the thousands who had been separated by US officials. Nevertheless, public outcry over the controversial practice resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy on 20 June.

John Moore Report

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" When did we forget what America stands for? And when will we remember?

Pat Wittorf
Community Member
1 year ago

We have a VERY active immigration program that still welcomes the "...tired, your poor, Your huddled masses..." to enter LEGALLY.

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Linda D
Community Member
1 year ago

This was a misleading photo and story. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/border-patrol-agent-involved-dramatic-photo-girl-crying-at-border-speaks-out/

Tres D
Community Member
1 year ago

Just so tired of all of this! We Americans WANT and NEED immigrants to come into our country. Just do it the legal way like most of our ancestors did. Why is anybody the "bad guy" for enforcing the laws of our country? We just don't need more undocumented people living off of the hardworking taxpayers. COME HERE LEGALLY! PLEASE!! WE NEED AND WANT YOU AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN!!

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

asylum is legal. The US is not flooded with illegal immigration. Look at all the countries around the world: Italy, Lebanon, Greece, Germany who are flooded with immigrants fleeing warn-torn cities and poverty and are a portion of the size of the US, and they provide health and care for everyone, unlike the states

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Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

horrible welcome to the land of the free and the brave after fleeing violence-They won't let them enter legally anymore

Fbomb
Community Member
1 year ago

Incorrect, they let them in but they have to use the process like most everyone else's families did when they came over fleeing violence, strife, poverty and the like. I don't understand why people think they should get a pass when my great grandparents had to go through the process. Don't make your first act in america an illegal one. It dose not set a good example for your children.

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Donald J. Trump
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1 year ago

Build that wall! Keep the illegals out!

Lisa Larson
Community Member
1 year ago

This picture was SO taken out of context and did NOT show the reality of the situation. And yes, the illegals SHOULD be prosecuted and sent back to their homelands.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Asylum seekers aren’t illegal.

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Janice Seagraves
Community Member
1 year ago

That baby... It breaks my heart.

Tambot
Community Member
1 year ago

I just want to pick the little one up and cuddle them... they don't understand borders, politics, they just want a safe home with love and family.

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XEOFIRE XEOCHANGE
Community Member
1 year ago

If you do any research on this photo... This crying Honduran Yanela girl was never separated from her mother.

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
1 year ago

Goodness so much ignorance in here I think I'm becoming ignate too. So many of you think you know about all this but you really don't and it makes y'all sound ignorant as hell. Do your research people immigration IS NOT an easy process. If you haven't gone trough it or personally know someone then don't spread your ignorance because that s**t becoming contagious.

gladys
Community Member
1 year ago

Too bad. Every country has their rules for immigration. My family followed them and so did many others.

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Francie Traschen
Community Member
1 year ago

It seems many Americans have forgotten the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, "give us your tired and poor, huddled masses yearning to be free". very sad, indeed.

jknbt jknbt
Community Member
1 year ago

all those words are still valid...they need to immigrate legally, though, like the people did who came thru Ellis Island & read those words

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Hans
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1 year ago

It is interesting that this one gets the most comments, and most of them range about Trump's politics, media ethics, whether the immigration officer in the picture was behaving right, and whether these immigrants are illegal. I first and foremost see a terrified child. And to empathise with it is completely independend of who is to blame here for what. The child definitely is to be blamed for nothing. Whoever sees this differently should seriously question whether "human" is the right term for him or her.

Elaine Tabor
Community Member
7 months ago

Instead of ranting I will recommend reading this book “A Nation Of immigrants” by JFK

ran hen
Community Member
1 year ago

Dont bring your kid when sneak into another country.

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Community Member
1 year ago

You can't just "walk into" America. There are protocols. Try doing that in another country, see what happens.

Eddie Diaz
Community Member
1 year ago

This photo has been debunked. The woman tried illegally taking her daughter from her husband and fleeing the country. Unfortunately, you have to really dig to find the story but as per most "Fake News" the media won't care and people will use it to fit their agenda and bias.

shh~
Community Member
1 year ago

Why can't they just enter legally instead of breaking the law to enter illegially? I'm confused- there's really no reason to enter illegially if you just follow the law and get there eventually.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

Asylum is legal, as is claiming refugee status

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Mazikeen Lebron
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1 year ago

sad so sad

Orionpax75
Community Member
1 year ago

Disgusted how human being treat each other and other sentient beings, Especially what's happening here now....we don't deserve this planet and all its gifts! At least some of us don't....heartbreaking!

Paizleypie
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone pick that baby up!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
7 months ago

A small child, has no understanding, therefore, trauma results !!!

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
1 year ago

This is reminiscent of when the Nazis separated families before their incarceration in Death Camps.

Tejas Woghd
Community Member
1 year ago

Come in legally or dont come in! The Statue of Liberty is talking about VETTED LEGAL IMMIGRATION not the illegals. Learn the difference

Tracey Beaumont
Community Member
1 year ago

I for one am not okay with this.

Ann Thibau
Community Member
1 year ago

Nancy Bernard - What a strange family if those people towering over the crying little child are her parents... so the uniformed man frisks his wife?!

Ayomide Manns
Community Member
1 year ago

Um, because of the retard piece of shit we have in Office called Trump, seeking asylum is nearly impossible now and takes an extremely long time.

Nanette Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

They, by the statue, came with papers--There's a difference.

Nanette Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

they came with papers

gladys
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey Bonita... don't ASSume you know the story about how OR WHY my family and I came to the U.S. Not a good look, BONITA

julien
Community Member
1 year ago

ultimate shame

Daniel Beers
Community Member
1 year ago

Too*

Nikki D
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, criminals are separated from their children. I don't understand how people have such a problem with this. You break the law, you lose the right to see your children as criminals aren't the best caretakers. He knew what would happen and should not have put his family in that position. He KNEW better.

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

When our leaders understand, a United country and peoples, will make us strong. Not fear monger it and money oriented greed. One day, we will all die, and as far as I know, not even the wealthiest gets to take it with them!

Bonita
Community Member
1 year ago

Trump is the most undeserving living creature on this planet. Seriously! He has no respect or love. Bad man.

Tres D
Community Member
1 year ago

For trying to protect Americans by enforcing the countries laws? He's doing EXACTLY what ever American president is supposed to do when it comes to those matters. I can't wait for the liberal meltdown in 2020 when he wins again. It's going to be better than what we've seen over the last 2 years.

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Mia Cardenas
Community Member
1 year ago

I see humans but no humanity

Elaine16
Community Member
1 year ago

We haven't forgotten and we do welcome thousands of legal new immigrants to our country every year. What we don't want are criminals, drug dealers, sex offenders, or others who feel they can go around the rules to get what they want. I acknowledge that many are in desperate circumstance, but so are many natural-born Americans, homeless, with families, living below the poverty line, or just hungry. We still take in others, and in emergencies, disasters, even more, but how about taking care of our own too. For some reason it just makes sense to me to help our own first.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Does this little girl look like a criminal?

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Lydia Pineault
Community Member
1 year ago

It's absolutely disgusting that DJT just the man him personally (forget about the administration) is one of the biggest hypocrites there ever has been on this planet! He brought (4) People over here from another country! His wife first, and the other three parents, (she has a sister, most people don't know about) constitute CHAIN MIGRATION! And if the country is FULL then he can send back all of his staff and personnel that are here on Visas at every single one of of his Venues and in some cases Apartment buildings! Imagine the thousand few we could get rid of! DAMN POS! :P

Lisa Larson
Community Member
1 year ago

If you would do some research, you would know that his wife and her family came here LEGALLY, following OUR LAWS, not trying to push their way across our border ILLEGALLY. But you don't care about the TRUTH, do you?

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Laura Perkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

This country was built on Immigrants the excuse that those were legal is just BS because many many came into these shores before there was any immigration!

Ohio Hands
Community Member
1 year ago

This country was built on slavery too, should we roll back the clock and legislative policies to enable slavery again? What a grand old time in history that was...

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jknbt jknbt
Community Member
1 year ago

if you get caught crossing into Mexico illegally, it is a $10,000 fine with 2 years in prison without parole...they do not put you into a homeless shelter and process your application for asylum...they give you asylum in the federal prison

Vlad Nicer
Community Member
1 year ago

I am soooo today happy that posters here are awake to the complete BS in this photo, and the issue behind it. 90% of bored panda is great, but there is 10% which is clear propaganda from the global corporatists trying to destroy us, divide us, ignore the constitution and the rule of law. Thank god people are waking up to the agenda behind it all. Bless you all!

Joyce Stewart
Community Member
1 year ago

If there is no public outcry about this and dozens of other things, the U.S.A. will become another NAZI Germany OR WORSE.

Mark CM
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It's the queue jumping, illegally immigrating parents fault that she is crying.

Brenda Swann
Community Member
1 year ago

Future generations will be ashamed and have to apologize. This is an atrocity. This president is flirting with Macarthyisum. There is more divide than unity in the World because of the vitriolic espousing of Trump. Please, bring back compassion, empathy, and law to North American or the day will come when hate rules and violence is common place ...... oh wait ..... that days is NOW

Rich McCormick
Community Member
1 year ago

Trump and his cronies are to blame for this travesty. They come here for asylum and they are put in cages and children are separated from their parents and the reports are saying, as of now, it will take more than 2 years to reunite everyone that were torn from each other. If there is a God it's not listening any more. The country is ruled by the Devil himself and his demon disciples! This photo haunts me. It also saddens and angers me!

Tres D
Community Member
1 year ago

Most of the "cages" photos the "news" has been showing were taken under Obamas watch. The "cages" are no more than fenced in area to PROTECT them! DON'T believe the liberal mainstream media!

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Marzena Helena Leino
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, America is naturally also living in Golden Era for the chosen ones. Shame on us, all humans!

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Welcome to the land of the free, where it's not a free entrance for all.

J A Sanchez
Community Member
1 year ago

This is b.s.....humans breed unchecked...use up all resources...kill all forest snd animals in their area...then cry when there's nothing left and want to go somewhere else and do the same thing...humanity is a Cancer upon Earth...soon Earth will have nothing left to give and thankfully humanity will die...save Earth...kill a hyman

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

They all say “seeking asylum.” It’s a buzz phrase that evokes sympathy. Come to America LEGALLY. It’s all the Trump Administration asks.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

So you don’t think that there are actually people in need of asylum? Might want to look at the other post on this page about violence in Mexico.

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Irene Walton
Community Member
1 year ago

did they not know it's illegal?

Katchen
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you not know that seeking asylum is legal?

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d bradley
Community Member
1 year ago

so the photo was fake news from the start is what u r saying. on top of that it was an obama era law that trump got rid of

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

Not fake news. She wasn’t taken away from her parents, but the picture is very real.

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Addison
Community Member
1 year ago

Even though the picture of the child is sad.... I'm glad to see that the border patrol are doing their job!

Ali Oop
Community Member
1 year ago

Booooo. What if that was your family years ago at Ellis Island. How soon we forget that this country was founded by immigrants.

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Bully
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1 year ago

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Reading some of the comments here makes me proud to say that I'm not a citizen of the United States. So cold, so heartless, that's the United States of today?

DaveC
Community Member
1 year ago

We're glad you aren't too. Try living in other countries that will shoot you for crossing their borders and the US is quite tame compared to them.

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jknbt jknbt
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1 year ago

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if your heart breaks for the little girl and those like her, then volunteer to be a foster host parent for these children. The ICE people will let foster families take these kids in to help them even if they don't live near the southern border. If you can't or won't do that, but rather prefer to hate the government for not giving these illegals a free pass, you are a hypocrite. Learn to practice what you preach for a change, okay?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

How about not taking the kids away in the first place?

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KiuanTroll
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1 year ago

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Everyone looks to the child, no one looks to the irresponsible parents that put her in that situation right? Stop blaming the U.S for everything. Every time i hear someone from my country got caught trying to INVADE it fills me with shame. Those cowards are not people in need, they are deserters from my country refusing to help us build a great nation.

Lucille McGillicuddy
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1 year ago

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Illegal immigrants are criminals, and should be treated as such.

Reginald Joseph
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1 year ago

Asylum seekers are not illegal. Turn off Fox for five seconds

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Daniel Beers
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1 year ago

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Do not come here illegally. Breaks law, gets caught, and blames big bad Trump for enforcing policies every other 1st world nation enforces. Smfh.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

ever hear of Refugees? p.s.--who on earth do you think picks your American produce on your American farms? It's not Americans.

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GalaxyMoo
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1 year ago

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Don't do illegal shit!

Daniel Beers
Community Member
1 year ago

Amen

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Ojberretta Berretta
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1 year ago

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as a latino...i have to say...keep doing good work trump...if u cant enter legally you probably shouldnt enter at all..if i see someone illegally crossing into my house i call the police....if you against borders do you go to the south and let em doors open 24/7 with signs outside written on it everyone welcome ....do this if ur commitet..else ur just talkin shit

Nicole Montgomery
Community Member
1 year ago

Si tanto amas a tu país Aprende a escribir bien en inglés antes... *committed. Prefiero tener a la gente buena y trabajadora en mi país no a ignorantes como tú

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1 year ago

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the only offensive I take with this photo is that it was taken out of its context. The photo is actually due to a domestic dispute between the mother and father of the child, but Journalists unethically skewed the context to say it was a result of the horrible immigration situation. I understand that we need to show the horrors of what's going on and make the world aware, but we should do this at the expensive of removing an image from its context. This should not be nominated for an award especially one involved in photographic journalism.

Monica Michelle
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1 year ago

Do you have a link to the original story or the entire picture?

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Delilah Jones
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1 year ago

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Most are not refugees, but economic migrants motivated to come here by left-wing organizations in their home country who have a "stick it to Trump" agenda, and these people are nothing more than their manipulated tools. Sad.

ƒιѕн
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1 year ago

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What is so hard about entering the US legally?

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

People are fleeing their countries, running from hunger, famine, poverty and corrupt regimes. People are fleeing death.

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Ojberretta Berretta
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1 year ago

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obama did the same..np pics everyone applauded...trrump doing it....racist hitler fucc you !!....yeah and the media is not biased right...mueller report....says it all

Waqitos
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1 year ago

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Just because obama did it doesn't make it right. Guess what? fcuk obama and fcuk trump, both are a piece of s#it.

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Women Suck Dicks
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1 year ago

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I sure hope so

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Anthony
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1 year ago

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"Illegal immigrant families trespassed into America via raft, and got caught breaking the law" <- Fixed it.

Lewis Jones
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1 year ago

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fuck off with this propaganda crap.

Linda Matheny
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1 year ago

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I am so sick and tired of liberals bashing Trump for putting children in cages. It's a F*?king fenced in area. It is against the LAW to come across the border illegally!!!! All the illegals live off citizens taxes getting free everything. And when Obozo the clown started making Americans pay a fine for not having insurance! Oh that's right, more money to further pay for illegals!!!!!

My dog is my co pilot.
Community Member
1 year ago

It's not a just a "liberal" attitude to bash Trump for separating children from their parents but a normal one. Ok, it's a "fenced up area" and not a cage. So what??? You could take the child to Disneyland and have her stay with Micky Mouse in the Enchanted Castle, but if her mother or father or both of them are not there with her she will get upset like this. No matter what, kids will ALWAYS want and need to be with their parents. So take your freaking head out of your ass, grow a brain and see things from a realistic point of view and stop being a such an idiotic moron.

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Nature, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Meet Bob" By Jasper Doest

Nature, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Meet Bob" By Jasper Doest

Bob, a rescued Caribbean flamingo, lives among humans on the Dutch island of Curaçao. Bob was badly injured when he flew into a hotel window, and was cared for by Odette Doest who runs Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC), a wildlife rehabilitation center. During Bob’s rehabilitation, Odette discovered that he had been habituated to humans, and so would not survive if returned to the wild. Instead, he became an ‘ambassador’ for FDOC, which educates local people about the importance of protecting the island’s wildl

Jasper Doest Report

Riz Leslie
Community Member
1 year ago

The cat has just realized that his/her past hunting sins have caught up to them.

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Nature, Stories, 3rd Prize, "Wild Pumas Of Patagonia" By Ingo Arndt

Nature, Stories, 3rd Prize, "Wild Pumas Of Patagonia" By Ingo Arndt

Pumas, also known as mountain lions or cougars, are found from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes, the widest range of any large wild mammal in the Western Hemisphere. They can survive in a variety of habitats, from deserts and prairies to forests and snowy mountains, but are generally shy and elusive to humans. The Torres del Paine region in Chilean Patagonia is thought to contain higher concentrations of pumas than anywhere else in the world. Pumas are ambush predators, stalking their prey from a distance for an hour or more before attacking. In Torres del Paine, pumas feed mainly on guanacos, which are closely related to llamas.

Ingo Arndt Report

C
Community Member
1 year ago

That family portrait is so beautiful

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Portraits, Singles, 3rd Prize, "When I Was Ill" By Alyona Kochetkova

Portraits, Singles, 3rd Prize, "When I Was Ill" By Alyona Kochetkova

Alyona Kochetkova sits at home, unable to face borscht (beet soup), her favorite food, during treatment for cancer. Alyona shot this self-portrait following surgery and chemotherapy, when, although she knew the vital importance of food, she struggled to eat. Taking photos was not only a way of sharing a difficult and personal story in the hope that it might support others with a cancer diagnosis, it was also a means of accepting her ordeal by doing what she loved.

Alyona Kochetkova Report

FatBaby
Community Member
1 year ago

So inspirational

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#8

Sports, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Never Saw Him Cry" By Michael Hanke

Sports, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Never Saw Him Cry" By Michael Hanke

Zdenĕk Šafránek is the captain of the Czech Republic Para Ice Hockey team, and has participated in three Paralympic Games. He has been in a wheelchair since an accident at work in an auto repair shop in 2003. He also represents his country in mountain biking and handcycling, and in 2017–18 was the Czech Republic’s champion paraboxer. Šafránek lives in the town of Pátek, near Podĕbrady, in the Czech Republic, with his partner and three children.

Michael Hanke Report

Len Cicio
Community Member
1 year ago

A brave and inspiring man going beyond expectations for someone in his situation

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Contemporary Issues, Singles, 3rd Prize, "Afghan Refugees Waiting To Cross The Iranian Border" By Enayat Asadi

Contemporary Issues, Singles, 3rd Prize, "Afghan Refugees Waiting To Cross The Iranian Border" By Enayat Asadi

An Afghan refugee comforts his companion while waiting for transport across the eastern border of Iran, on 27 July. UNHCR reports that Iran has almost one million registered refugees, the vast majority from Afghanistan. In addition, more than 1.5 million undocumented Afghans are estimated to be present in the country. Many people fleeing violence, insecurity and poverty in Afghanistan find no alternative but to use illegal traffickers, along routes where they are exposed to robbery, kidnapping and death. Their aim is to pass through Iran and Turkey or Greece to seek a better life elsewhere, but trafficked refugees are highly vulnerable to forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, or work in the sex trade.

Enayat Asadi Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

That stare--hopeless, traumatized.

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Environment, Singles, 3rd Prize, "Living Among What's Left Behind" By Mário Cruz

Environment, Singles, 3rd Prize, "Living Among What's Left Behind" By Mário Cruz

A child who collects recyclable material lies on a mattress surrounded by garbage floating on the Pasig River, in Manila, Philippines. The Pasig River was declared biologically dead in the 1990s, due to a combination of industrial pollution and waste being dumped by nearby communities living without adequate sanitation infrastructure. A 2017 report by Nature Communications cites the Pasig as one of 20 most polluted rivers in the world, with up to 63,700 tons of plastic deposited into the ocean each year. Efforts are being made to clean up the Pasig, which were recognized by an international prize in 2018, but in parts of the river the waste is still so dense that it is possible to walk on top of the garbage.

Mário Cruz Report

Eldaras LK
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG...

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Contemporary Issues, Singles, 1st Prize, "The Cubanitas" By Diana Markosian

Contemporary Issues, Singles, 1st Prize, "The Cubanitas" By Diana Markosian

Pura rides around her neighborhood in a pink 1950s convertible, as the community gathers to celebrate her fifteenth birthday, in Havana, Cuba. A girl’s quinceañera (fifteenth birthday) is a Latino coming-of-age tradition marking transition into womanhood. It is a gender specific rite of passage, traditionally showcasing a girl’s purity and readiness for marriage. Families go to great expense, often celebrating with a lavish party. The girl dresses as a princess, living out a fantasy and perceived idea of femininity. In Cuba, the tradition has transformed into a performance involving photo and video shoots, often documented in a photobook. Pura’s quinceañera had a special poignancy, as some years earlier, having been diagnosed with a brain tumor, she was told she would not live beyond the age of 13.

Diana Markosian Report

Meow
Community Member
1 year ago

This is touching.

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Portraits, Singles, 1st Prize, "Dakar Fashion" By Finbarr O'reilly

Portraits, Singles, 1st Prize, "Dakar Fashion" By Finbarr O'reilly

Diarra Ndiaye, Ndeye Fatou Mbaye and Mariza Sakho model outfits by designer Adama Paris, in the Medina neighborhood of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, as curious residents look on. Dakar is a growing hub of Franco-African fashion, and is home to Fashion Africa TV, the first station entirely dedicated to fashion on the continent. The annual Dakar Fashion Week includes an extravagant street show that is open to all and attended by thousands from all corners of the capital. Adama Paris (who has a namesake brand) is a driving force behind the fashion week, and much else on the design sce

Finbarr O'Reilly Report

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Community Member
1 year ago

This is absolutely stunning.

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Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Colombia, (Re)birth" By Catalina Martin-Chico

Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Colombia, (Re)birth" By Catalina Martin-Chico

Angelina was among the first former guerrillas to become pregnant in the FARC transition camp in San José del Guaviare, Colombia. She joined FARC at the age of 11, calling herself ‘Olga’, after her stepfather had attempted to abuse her. Since the signing of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel movement in 2016, there has been a baby boom among former female guerrillas, many living in the demobilization camps set up to help FARC members in the transition back to everyday life. Pregnancy was thought incompatible with guerrilla life. Women were obliged to put war before children, leaving babies with relatives or, some say, undergoing forced abortions—a charge FARC denies.

Catalina Martin-Chico Report

Dian Parama Kosala
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweet baby

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Environment, Stories, 2nd Prize, "God’s Honey" By Nadia Shira Cohen

Environment, Stories, 2nd Prize, "God’s Honey" By Nadia Shira Cohen

Beekeepers, led by Russel Armin Balan, tend their hives in Tinúm, Yucatán, Mexico. Mennonite farmers growing soy in Campeche, on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, are allegedly adversely impacting the livelihood of local Mayan beekeepers. The Mennonites farm large tracts of land in the area. Environmental groups and honey producers say that the introduction of genetically modified soy and use of the agrochemical glyphosate endangers health, contaminates crops, and reduces the market value of honey by threatening its ‘organic’ label. Soy production also leads to deforestation, as land is increasingly bought for farming, further affecting bee populations.

Nadia Shira Cohen Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

This needs to be given the attention it deserves. This is a man-made disaster caused by people moving into an eco-system they don't understand, with devastating results. The mayans have been there for thousands of years. We need bees to live, the whole planet does. We do not need soy.

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Portraits, Stories, 3rd Prize, "Falleras" By Luisa Dörr

Portraits, Stories, 3rd Prize, "Falleras" By Luisa Dörr

Women and girls wear fallera dresses for the Fallas de Valencia festival in Valencia, Spain. Inspired by clothes worn centuries ago by women working in rice fields around the city, the dresses have changed over time and are now elaborate creations that can cost in excess of €1,000. Made mainly of lace and silk, fallera dresses are worn by anyone who wants to take part in what is one of Spain’s biggest street festivals. To complement the gown, falleras set their hair in a traditional three-bun style adorned with ornate combs and jewellery, often handed down through generations. Different parts of the city each have a fallera mayor (and maybe also a young fallera mayor infantil)—a woman who represents her falla (neighborhood group) at the festivities. It is an honor to be chosen, and can mean even greater expense being lavished on the outfit.

Luisa Dörr Report

Len Cicio
Community Member
1 year ago

beautiful outfits!

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Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd Prize, "Faces Of An Epidemic" By Philip Montgomery

Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd Prize, "Faces Of An Epidemic" By Philip Montgomery

The body of Brian Malmsbury is taken away after he overdosed on heroin in the basement of his family’s home, Miamisburg, Ohio, USA. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people a day in the US die after overdosing on opioids. President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. The crisis has its roots in the 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies assured doctors that opioid pain relievers were not addictive. The firm Purdue Pharma, in particular, has been accused of aggressive marketing even when the effects of opioids were known. Increased prescription of opioids such as Oxycontin led to widespread misuse. Some people switched to heroin, which was cheaper, and later to synthetic opioids, which are more potent and more likely to lead to a fatal overdose.

Philip Montgomery Report

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

And nothing being done. A humanitarian crisis in the middle of one of the wealthiest countries in the world that has destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives; instead, hundreds of millions to go to a ineffective border wall for a problem that does not exist. The evil-doers and drug pushers are inside the US--Purdue Pharmacy.

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Contemporary Issues, Stories, 1st Prize, Blessed Be The Fruit: Ireland's Struggle To Overturn Anti-Abortion Laws" By Olivia Harris

Contemporary Issues, Stories, 1st Prize, Blessed Be The Fruit: Ireland's Struggle To Overturn Anti-Abortion Laws" By Olivia Harris

Graffiti artist Shirani Bolle paints a portrait of Savita Halappanavar, who died in 2012 after being refused an abortion, in Dublin, Ireland. On 25 May, Ireland voted by a large majority to overturn its abortion laws, which were among the most restrictive in the world. A 1983 referendum had resulted in an Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution reinforcing a ban on terminations, even those resulting from rape and incest. Prior to the referendum, an estimated 3,000 women traveled to the UK annually for abortions. In 2012, the death of Savita Halappanavar from sepsis after doctors had denied her a termination, shocked Ireland and galvanized campaigners calling for an end to the ban. Her name became synonymous with the movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment. The campaign broadened, arguing that restrictions on women impact everyone in society, and that the support of men, too, was necessary to effect change. Campaigners used social media platforms to spread their message, and took the argument to the streets in the form of demonstrations and theatrical spectacle. Nearly two thirds of the Irish population turned out to participate in the referendum, with 66.4 percent voting to overturn the abortion prohibition. By the end of the year, the Irish president had signed a new bill into law, making abortion for any pregnancy less than 12 weeks available without cost.

Olivia Harris Report

Reginald Joseph
Community Member
1 year ago

Change can be achieved. Witness what these women have achieved over what appeared to be insurmountable odds.

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Spot News, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Syria, No Exit" By Mohammed Badra

Spot News, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Syria, No Exit" By Mohammed Badra

By February 2018, the people of Eastern Ghouta, a suburban district outside Damascus and one of the last rebel enclaves in the ongoing Syrian conflict, had been under siege by government forces for five years. During the final offensive, Eastern Ghouta came under rocket fire and air bombardment, including at least one alleged gas attack—on the village of al-Shifunieh, on 25 February. Figures are difficult to verify, but Médecins Sans Frontiѐres (MSF) reported 4,829 wounded and 1,005 killed between 18 February and 3 March, according to data from medical facilities they supported alone. MSF also reported 13 hospitals and clinics damaged or destroyed in just three days. Reports on the end of the siege in Eastern Ghouta are conflicting, though the Syrian army appear to have recaptured most of the south of the country by July. UNICEF reported the siege of Eastern Ghouta to have ended by late March, with limited humanitarian access becoming available.

www.worldpressphoto.org Report

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

WAR-huh-what is it good for? Absolutely nothing

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Environment, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Evacuated" By Wally Skalij

Environment, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Evacuated" By Wally Skalij

Evacuated horses stand tied to a pole, as smoke from a wildfire billows above them, on Zuma Beach, in Malibu, California, USA, on 10 November. The 2018 wildfire season in California was the deadliest and most destructive on record, burning an area of more than 676,000 hectares. While scientists pointed to the effects of climate change as a cause, US President Donald Trump blamed forest management.

Wally Skalij Report

Cesi Baca
Community Member
1 year ago

The horses were safe there as the fire wouldnt burn over the beach sand. If the horses were untied they would try to go back home or wonder into a dearth trap of burning brush. It was a pretty perfect place to leave them actually.... at least temporarily.

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Nature, Singles, 3rd Prize, "Glass Butterfly" By Angel Fitor

Nature, Singles, 3rd Prize, "Glass Butterfly" By Angel Fitor

A winged comb jelly, Leucothea multicornis, its wings widely opened, propels itself through waters off Alicante, Spain. Leucothea multicornis, like other comb jellies, is a voracious predator, capturing its prey using sticky cells rather than by stinging. Little is currently known about the biology of comb jellies. Because the creatures are so fragile and fold their wings in reaction to the slightest vibration, they are extremely difficult to study and to photograph.

Angel Fitor Report

Andrea Delden
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazing photography!

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General News, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Still Life Volcano" By Daniele Volpe

General News, Singles, 2nd Prize, "Still Life Volcano" By Daniele Volpe

The living-room of an abandoned home in San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala, lies covered in ash after the eruption of Volcán de Fuego on 3 June. Fuego, around 40 km southwest of the capital Guatemala City, is one of Latin America’s most active volcanoes, and has been erupting periodically since 2002. It is monitored by volcanologists, but this eruption came without warning. People living around the volcano, many at Sunday lunch, were surprised by the suddenness of the event, as Fuego spewed red-hot lava, ash, poisonous gases and flaming debris onto villages below. The eruption was one of the deadliest in Guatemala for over a century. Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences reported the recovery of 318 bodies, over a third of them unidentified.

Daniele Volpe Report

boi
Community Member
1 year ago

absolutely heartbreaking. it's unbelievable how much this photo contest shows how much some people, including myself, take for granted.

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Spot News, Stories, 1st Prize, "The Migrant Caravan" By Pieter Ten Hoopen

Spot News, Stories, 1st Prize, "The Migrant Caravan" By Pieter Ten Hoopen

During October and November, thousands of Central American migrants joined a caravan heading to the United States border. The caravan, assembled through a grassroots social media campaign, left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on 12 October, and as word spread drew people from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. They were a mix of those facing political repression and violence, and those fleeing harsh economic conditions in the hope of a better life. Traveling in a caravan offered a degree of safety on a route where migrants have previously disappeared or been kidnapped, and was an alternative to paying high rates to people smugglers. Migrant caravans travel to the US border at different times each year, but this was the largest in recent memory with as many as 7,000 travelers, including at least 2,300 children, according to UN agencies. Conditions along the way were grueling, with people walking around 30 km a day, often in temperatures above 30°C. The caravan usually set off at around 4am each day to avoid the heat. Like others, the caravan drew condemnation from US president Donald Trump, who made it a focal point of rallies and used it to reiterate his call for tough immigration policies and the building of a border wall.

www.worldpressphoto.org Report

Monica Michelle
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazed at the lack of compassion. Asylum is legal. People will try anything to build a better and safer life. Our responsibility as a country is to find a legal, compassionate, and kind path too legal immigration. One more time what asylum sealers are doing is legal. Even if it were not punishment must fit the crime. Running from danger should not equal this.

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Portraits, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Northwest Passages" By Jessica Dimmock

Portraits, Stories, 2nd Prize, "Northwest Passages" By Jessica Dimmock

Transgender individuals around the world are still exposed to widespread social stigma and abuse. For many transgender women, coming to terms with their female selves is an ongoing process. Some find resourceful ways in which to express their identities in private. Senior transgender women in northwestern USA are pictured in the places where they hid their female identities for decades.

Jessica Dimmock Report

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