A photograph showing an intimate moment between a young gay couple in St Petersburg has won the top prize at the World Press Photo of the Year competition.
- This photo by Mads Nissen shows Jonathan Jacques Louis, 21, and Alexander Semyonov, 25, a gay couple during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Mads Nissen, Scanpix/Panos Pictures)
Other winning photographs highlighted animal cruelty in China and the Ebola crisis in west Africa. The winners were selected from more than 90,000 images submitted to the contest.
- This photo shows,'when spores of the fungus land on an ant, they penetrate its exoskeleton and enter its brain, compelling the host to leave its normal habitat on the forest floor and scale a nearby tree. Filled to bursting with fungus, the dying ant fastens itself to a leaf or another surface. Fungal stalks burst from the ant's husk and rain spores onto ants below to begin the process again' in Manaus, Brazil. (AP Photo/Anand Varma, National Geographic Magazine)
- In this photo, Laurinda is waiting in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School, Moree, New South Wales, Australia. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being. (AP Photo/Raphaela Rosella, Oculi)
In this photo, twin brothers Igor and Arthur hand out chocolates to their classmates to celebrate their ninth birthday in an orphanage in Baroncea, Moldova. (AP Photo/Asa Sjostrom, Moment Agency/INSTITUTE for Socionomen/ UNICEF)
This photo shows a kitchen table after a mortar attack in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Ilnitsky, European Pressphoto Agency)
This photo shows a 19-year-old Chinese worker, wearing a face mask and a Santa hat, standing next to Christmas decorations being dried in a factory, as red powder used for coloring hovers in the air, in China on June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronghui Chen, City Express)
This photo shows Odell Beckham of the New York Giants making a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. (AP Photo/Al Bello, Getty Images)
This photo shows a cadet at the Royal Military Academy in Breda, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Al Bello, Getty Images)
This photo shows students seen in a schoolyard in El Dorado County, California. (AP Photo/Tomas van Houtryve/VII for Harper's Magazine)
This photo shows a group of young Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives in Lewa Downs, Northern Kenya. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife that exists literally in their own backyard. (AP Photo/Ami Vitale/National Geographic )
This photo shows a photo of Julia Baird in a series named: Family Love 1993-2014 – The Julie Project. For 21 years Darcy Padilla photographed Julie Baird and her family's complex story of poverty, AIDS, drugs, multiple homes, relationships, births, deaths, loss and reunion. (AP Photo/Darcy Padilla/Agence Vu )
This photo shows medical staff at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center escort a man in the throes of Ebola-induced delirium back into the isolation ward from which he escaped in Hastings, Sierra Leone on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Pete Muller/Prime for National Geographic/The Washington Post)
This photo shows an Orthodox priest blessing the protesters on a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jerome Sessini, France, Magnum Photos for De Standaard)
This photo shows school uniforms belonging to three of the nearly 300 girls kidnapped from a remote school dormitory in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group on April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Glenna Gordon)
This photo shows a young girl pictured after she was wounded during clashes between riot-police and protesters after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests, in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Bulent Kilic, AFP)
This photo shows a monkey being trained for the circus cowering as its trainer approaches. (AP Photo/Yongzhi Chu)
This photo shows shipwrecked people are rescued, aboard a boat 20 miles north of Libya, by a frigate of the Italian navy on June 7, 2014. After hundreds of men, women and children had drowned in 2013 off the coast of Sicily and Malta, the Italian government put its navy to work under a campaign called "Mare Nostrum" rescuing refugees at sea. (AP Photo/Massimo Sestini)
This photo shows Argentina player Lionel Messi looking at the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 14, 2014. Argentina were defeated by Germany in the final. (AP Photo/Bao Tailiang, Chengdu Economic Daily)
View the entire collection of winning images from the 57th World Press Photo Contest here.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.