First place - News Picture Story: Two rebel soldiers stand guard in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, as more than a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel peppered the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than 100 days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung thick in the air around them as they took turns guarding their machine-gun nests.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier ManzanoLink
Winner - Community Awareness Award: Zed and his girlfriend Myriam are talking in the Crystal Club, one of the more expensive discotheques in Paris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arnau BachLink
First place - Photographer of the Year - Freelance/Agency - Paolo Pellegrin: This Gazan university student works in a tunnel, hauling goods to earn money for tuition. Many workers put in 12-hour shifts six days a week or more in the cramped spaces. Gas explosions, electrocutions, and Israeli air strikes are common. Gaza, Palestine 2011
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paolo PellegrinLink
First place - Campaign 2012 Picture Story: U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally at Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati on Nov. 4, 2012. With only two days left in the presidential election, Obama and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are stumping from one "swing state" to the next in a last-minute rush to persuade undecided voters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesLink
McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award - Denver Post: Alice, a homeless addict from Kansas, uses her shirt to tie off her arm looking for a viable vein to do her heroin in the bathroom of a Taco Bell near downtown Denver. Places with a lock on the door are some of the best spots to use. With the rising drug problems on the streets, downtown restaurants are always on the lookout for drug users constantly stopping in just to use the facilities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Amon / The Denver PostLink
Winner - Multimedia Photographer of the Year - Liz O. Baylen: Pill bottles line a dresser and pack a nightstand in a scene familiar to many households where prescription drug addiction has taken hold.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles TimesLink
Winner - Environmental Vision Award: Workers prepare tusks for the burning of 5 tons of illegally trafficked ivory recovered from a seizure in Singapore. The burn was meant as a symbolic protest against the rampant increase in Ivory poaching across Africa. Kenya is the only pro-ban country in Africa. The ivory burned here was originally from Malawi and Zambia. Chinese people who were present were heard to comment: "Why are they burning their money?"
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brent Stirton / Getty ImagesLink
First Place- Sports Photographer of the Year - Ezra Shaw: Gabrielle Douglas competes on the beam during Day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty ImagesLink
First place - Feature: North Korean residents and a soldier take public transport on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ng Han Guan / Associated PressLink
Winner - Documentary Project of the Year: Aaron Rubin sits in his room while a caregiver prepares his bed for an afternoon rest before dinner. Rubin was left debilitated from a prescription drug overdose that happened years earlier leaving him in the constant care of his parents.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles TimesLink
First place - Photographer of the Year - Paul Hansen: Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her big brother Muhammad, who soon was to be 4 years old, were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father was also killed and their mother was in intensive care at Shifa hospital. According to their religion the dead are buried quickly. The badly mangled body of the father is put on a stretcher and his brothers carry his dead children to the mosque for the burial ceremony.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Hansen / Dagens NyheterLink
First place - Olympic Action: South Korea's Shin A Lam (right) fences against Germany's Britta Heidemann during their Women's Epee semifinal bout as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alberto Pizzoli / Agence France PresseLink
First place - Editing Portfolio - Newspaper - Mary Cooney: Rick Loomis. Refugees line up once every two weeks to be supplied with the basic food necessities for survival inside Dadaab, Kenya, an inhospitable landscape where many Somalis have fled to in an effort to escape the drought and violence in their own country. Flour, dried peas and salt are among the few items the receive in measured amounts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles TimesLink
First Place - Portrait: Bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla waits before making the traditional "paseillo" or ritual entrance to the arena, in Brihuega, Spain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated PressLink
First place - Portrait Series: A Palestinian stone thrower wrapped in a Palestinian flag and masked in a kaffiyeh to conceal his identity, poses for a portrait, in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated PressLink
First place - Recreational Sports: Competitors work to pull a woman up an obstacle where competitors must jump to the top of a half pipe during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont. The Tough Mudder is a nine mile endurance event which runs competitors through a military-style obstacle course complete with mud, water and fire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica RinaldiLink
First place - Science; Natural History: The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which left New York City powerless.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Iwan BaanLink
First place - Science; Natural History Picture Story: A cedar wax wing that was brought to a Florida sanctuary with an injured wing. The bird is a migratory species but cannot be released because it can no longer fly.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob CroslinLink
First place - Sports Feature: Green Bay Packers' Donald Driver celebrates a touchdown by doing a "Lambeau Leap" in the second half of the Packers game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Roemer / Associated PressLink
First place: Sports Picture Story: A chapandaz who managed to drop the dead carcass in the "halal" circle can win anything from $100 to several thousand U.S. dollars in the Afghani game of Buzkashi. The prize is awarded directly, and then the game starts over again.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Casper HedbergLink
First place - Spot News: A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army, near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manu Brabo / Associated PressLink
Winner - World Understanding Award: "Hunters" explores the complex relationship that exists between man and animal, the hunter and the hunted, as both struggle to adapt to our changing environments. At the beginning of the 20th century, East African hunting safaris became a fashionable pursuit among members of the privileged classes, particularly in Britain and the United States.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David ChancellorLink
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