2014 World Press Photo Awards Announced

2nd Prize General News Stories. 17 November 2013, Central African Republic. Demonstrators gather on a street in Bangui to call for the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia following the murder of Judge Modeste Martineau Bria by members of Seleka. Bangui, Central African Republic. The Central African Republic has seen more than its fair share of coups and unrest over the five and a half decades since its independence from France. The current crisis, however, triggered by yet another coup, is starting to set in position a well armed, mainly Muslim militia that is refusing to disarm against Anti-balaka, Christian vigilante groups defending the country's majority Christian population. The UN has warned of a potential slide into genocide and France has sent 1,600 troops to protect civilians and disarm the different militia. Bordering on other highly volatile regions in central Africa, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Chad, the conflict is ringing alarm bells across the continent and beyond.
William Daniels— Panos Pictures for TIME
2nd Prize General News Stories.
17 November 2013, Central African Republic. Demonstrators gather on a street in Bangui to call for the resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia following the murder of Judge Modeste Martineau Bria by members of Seleka. Bangui, Central African Republic.

Today, the winners of the prestigious 57th annual World Press Photo competition were announced in Amsterdam.

John Stanmeyer from the U.S. received the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2013. His piece shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit to Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

TIME photography featured prominently, with Sara Naomi Lewkowicz picking up 1st prize in the Contemporary Issues category for her series on domestic violence in Ohio, William Daniels winning 2nd prize in the General News category for his work on violence and unrest in Central African Republic, and Peter van Agtmael being awarded 2nd prize in the People/Observed Portraits category for his portraits of Iraq veteran Bobby Henline.

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