16 powerful photos from the World Press Photo contest that will horrify and amaze you

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Photo of the Year Award (2016) - A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Roszke, Hungary, 28 August 2015. Photographer: Warren Richardson, Australia

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Contemporary Issues, first prize (singles) - 10 December, 2015: A city in northern China shrouded in haze, Tianjin, China. Photographer: Zhang Lei, China / Tianjin Daily

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Contemporary Issues, first prize (stories) - Caption: Talibes, Modern-day Slaves. Photographer: Mario Cruz, Portugal

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Daily Life, First prize (singles) - 26 November, 2015: Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China. Photographer: Kevin Frayer,Canada/Getty Images

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Daily Life, first prize (stories) - A Chilean scientist walks above the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on the Bellingshausen Russian Antarctic base. Photographer: Daniel Berehulak, Australia/The New York Times

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General News, first prize (singles) - 1 August, 2015: A doctor rubs ointment on the burns of Jacob, a 16-year-old Islamic State fighter, in front of a poster of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, at a Y.P.G. hospital compound on the outskirts of Hasaka, Syria. Photographer: Mauricio Lima, Brazil / The New York Times

16 powerful photos from the World Press Photo contest that will horrify and amaze you

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General News, First prize (stories) - 16 November, 2015: Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece. Photographer: Sergey Ponomarev, Russia / The New York Times

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Long-Term Projects, first prize (stories) - Caption: Sexual Assault in America's Military. Photographer: Mary F. Calvert, USA

16 powerful photos from the World Press Photo contest that will horrify and amaze you

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Nature, first prize (singles) - 6 November, 2015: A massive 'cloud tsunami' looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach. Photographer: Rohan Kelly, Australia / Daily Telegraph

16 powerful photos from the World Press Photo contest that will horrify and amaze you

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Nature, first prize (stories) - 17 March, 2014: A Sumatran orangutan threatens another nearby male in the Batang Toru Forest, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia. The lives of wild orangutans are brought to light. Threats to these orangutans from fires, the illegal animal trade and loss of habitat due to deforestation have resulted in many orphan orangutans ending up at rehabilitation centers. Photographer: Tim Laman / USA

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People, first prize (singles) - 7 October, 2015: A child is covered with a raincoat while she waits in line to register at a refugee camp in Pre evo, Serbia. Photographer: Matic Zorman, Slovenia

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People, first prize (stories) - 12 July, 2015: "My mother said that it was a typically quiet day, warm and windy. She and my father opened the window and they felt completely safe on the day of the explosion, the 26th of April 1986." Photographer: Kazuma Obara / Japan

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Sports, first prize (singles) - 8 February, 2015: Czech Republic's Ondrej Bank crashes during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA. Photographer: Christian Walgram, Austria / GEPA pictures

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Sports, first prize (stories) - Evgeny Solovyov, head coach of HC Vetluga preparing the stadium for the match. Players of an amateur hockey team in provincial Russia before, during and after a game in the regional championship in Vetluga, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia. Photographer: Vladimir Pesnya, Russia / Sputnik

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Spot News, first prize (singles) - A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Roszke, Hungary, 28 August 2015. Photographer: Warren Richardson, Australia

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Spot News, first prize (stories) - Smoke rises from a building following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in Douma, Syria. Photographer: Sameer Al-Doumy

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16 powerful photos from the World Press Photo contest that will horrify and amaze you

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews

If you're a photographer, you know the competition is tough. Each year, photographers submit their work to multiple different contests, the most prestigious being the World Press Photo. The jury, based in Amsterdam, go through thousands and thousands of images - almost 83,000 this year - to find the one that becomes the World Press Photo of the Year and also name the best photo in 15 different categories of photojournalism.

The process is long. It is grueling. It's also like the Oscars. No matter who wins, there will be differences in opinions among the jury, among the viewers, among everyone. Sometimes, there is also controversy.

The winner for 2015 edition is Australian photographer Warren Richardson's photo of a family crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border. In the photo, one can see a man passing a baby under a fence at the border. The photo is titled "Hope for a New Life". The photo was taken in late August.

The prize n the General News (Stories) category went to Sergey Ponomarev, for The New York Times. He won the prize for "Reporting Europe's Refugee Crisis" which included his image of a man in Hungary attempting to board a train headed to Zagreb, Croatia

Most of the images were dramatic, most of them told a deep story, most of them were of a struggle.

Text by Sahil Bhalla

Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar @CatchNews