The winners of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest were announced recently in Feb 2016.
A total of 41 photographers from 21 countries were ultimately selected for their winning photos out of a total of 82,951 submitted photos from 5,775 photographers.
The pictures, selected for their beauty, news value, and overall composure, were divided into 8 broad categories.
Each category was then further divided into a singles category, for stand alone photographs, and a story category for a series. Each category had three winners.
We have presented our favorites of the selection below, and you can see the entire gallery here.
Warning, some of the photos are graphic.