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The 2016 World Press Photo Winner Captures A Truly Haunting Moment

A powerful image from the refugee crisis took the top prize in the contest.
A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, 28 Aug. 2015.
A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, 28 Aug. 2015.

The 2016 World Press Photo contest announced its winners on Thursday, with a powerful black and white image taken at the Hungarian-Serbian border awarded top prize for photo of the year. The winning image, taken by freelance photographer Warren Richardson, captures an infant being passed under the coils of razor wire that separates the two nations.

Richardson's photo, titled "Hope For A New Life," is an emotional tableau depicting the ongoing refugee crisis that is one of the world's most dire humanitarian and political disasters in recent years. While the image consists only of three figures cast in shadow, it is representative of the struggles faced by over one million refugees and migrants who arrived in Europe last year.

Hundreds of thousands traveled along the so-called Balkan route last year, fleeing countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea, to seek asylum in Europe. They often continued their journey north to countries including Sweden and Germany.  

Hungary, along with several other nations in the region, erected fences in an attempt to deter refugees and migrants from entering their countries. Measures like this, photographer Warren Richardson reported, caused a "cat and mouse" game between authorities and refugees trying to cross the border. 

Much like the widely circulated photo showing the drowned body of Syrian child Alan Kurdi, Richardson's image also highlights the tragedy that children are caught in the crisis. While people who have been critical of the massive influx often argue that most migrants and refugees are men, data collected by the UN actually shows that around 34 percent of those who arrived into Europe by sea this year were children.  

The Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Foundation awards photographers annually who have captured exceptional images in a variety of categories. There were 82,951 photos submitted from 128 countries for the 2016 contest. 

See more of the winning photos from the contest below:

  • Arzuma Tindano, 28, leads an eight-member crew of miners at Djuga, an artisanal mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso on Nov. 20
    Matjaz Krivic/World Press Photo
    Arzuma Tindano, 28, leads an eight-member crew of miners at Djuga, an artisanal mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso on Nov. 20, 2015.
  • Aerial view of the destruction after a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 15, 2015.
    Chen Jie/World Press Photo
    Aerial view of the destruction after a series of explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 15, 2015.
  • Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning on Dec. 13, 2015.
    Sergio Tapiro/World Press Photo
    Colima Volcano in Mexico shows a powerful night explosion with lightning on Dec. 13, 2015.
  • A child refugee is covered with a raincoat while she waits in line to get registered at Presevo refugee registration cam
    Matic Zorman/World Press Photo
    A child refugee is covered with a raincoat while she waits in line to get registered at Presevo refugee registration camp in Serbia on Oct. 7, 2015.
  • Tibetan Buddhist nuns stand following a chanting session in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan provi
    Kevin Frayer/World Press Photo
    Tibetan Buddhist nuns stand following a chanting session in Sertar county, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China, on Oct. 30, 2015.
  • A woman sunbathing on Bondi Beach, Australia, is oblivious to the ominous shelf cloud approaching on Nov. 6, 2016.
    Rohan Kelly/World Press Photo
    A woman sunbathing on Bondi Beach, Australia, is oblivious to the ominous shelf cloud approaching on Nov. 6, 2016.
  • Children perform at the Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 20, 2015.
    David Gutenfelder/World Press Photo
    Children perform at the Pyongyang Kyongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 20, 2015.
  • Migrants wrapped in emergency blankets two days after being rescued catch sight of the Italian coast for the first time in th
    Francesco Zizola/World Press Photo
    Migrants wrapped in emergency blankets two days after being rescued catch sight of the Italian coast for the first time in the Strait of Sicily, Mediterranean Sea, on Aug. 23, 2015.
  • A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China, on Dec. 10, 2015.
    Zhang Lei/World Press Photo
    A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China, on Dec. 10, 2015.
  • Divers observe and surround a humpback whale and her newborn calf as they swim around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo
    Anuar Patjane Floriuk/World Press Photo
    Divers observe and surround a humpback whale and her newborn calf as they swim around Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico, on Jan. 28, 2015.
  • A wounded Syrian girl at a makeshift hospital in Douma, Syria, on Aug. 22, 2015.
    Abd Doumany/World Press Photo
    A wounded Syrian girl at a makeshift hospital in Douma, Syria, on Aug. 22, 2015.
  • Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, on Nov. 26, 2015. 
    Kevin Frayer/World Press Photo
    Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China, on Nov. 26, 2015. 
  • Raheleh, who was born blind, stands behind the window in the morning. She likes the warmness of the sunlight on her face in B
    Zohreh Saberi/World Press Photo
    Raheleh, who was born blind, stands behind the window in the morning. She likes the warmness of the sunlight on her face in Babol, Mazandaran Province, Iran, on Nov. 12, 2015.
  • Nepalese villagers look on as they watch a helicopter picking up a medical team and dropping aid at the edge of a makeshift l
    Daniel Berehulak/World Press Photo
    Nepalese villagers look on as they watch a helicopter picking up a medical team and dropping aid at the edge of a makeshift landing zone on May 9, 2015 in the village of Gumda, Nepal.
  • Indigenous Munduruku children play in the Tapajos river in the tribal area of Sawre Muybu, Itaituba, Brazil on Feb. 10, 2015.
    Mauricio Lima/World Press Photo
    Indigenous Munduruku children play in the Tapajos river in the tribal area of Sawre Muybu, Itaituba, Brazil on Feb. 10, 2015.
  • Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece, Nov. 16, 2015. 
    Sergey Pnomarev/World Press Photo
    Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece, Nov. 16, 2015. 
  • Members of the Neptun Synchro synchronized swimming team perform during a Christmas show in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 13, 20
    Jonas Lindkvist/World Press Photo
    Members of the Neptun Synchro synchronized swimming team perform during a Christmas show in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 13, 2015.

 

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