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Ebola survivors play football, skiing crash and wrestling: The best sports photos of 2015

All of these images were recognised by the World Press Photo Contest.
Feb 21st 2016, 6:08 PM 14,602 0

EARLIER THIS WEEK, we showed you the images that were selected as winners in the prestigious World Press Photo Contest.

Warren Richardson was the overall winner with a poignant photograph of a man passing a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border.

As well as the images to accompany or tell news stories, there were also winners in other categories of photo journalism including portraitures, nature and sport.

In the sports section, Christian Walgram took first prize for capturing the Czech Republic’s Ondrej Bank crashing during the downhill race of the Alpine Combined at the FIS World Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA.


Greg Nelson took second spot for this image of the National Collegiate Athletic Association 2015 Men’s Basketball Tournament game between Wichita State and Indiana.

It shows Ron Baker shooting over Nick Zeisloft whilst Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Rashard Kelly battle for position.


Always a good sport for a great picture, synchronised swimming is featured in Jonas Lindkvist’s third-place image. It shows members of the Neptun Synchro team perform during a Christmas show.


Recognition is also given to photographers who have spent time with their subjects to capture more than just one brilliant shot.

In first prize for the Sports Stories category was Vladimir Pesnya for his work with an amateur hockey team in provincial Russia.








Wrestlers were the focus of Christian Bobst’s award-winning story from Senegal. He landed on the silver podium in this World Press Photo Contest.

The story shows wrestlers train during the evening hours at the wrestling school on the beach of Corniche.



PastedImage-1727 Balla Gaye releases pigeons in the stadium of Demba Diop before a fight against wrestler Emeu Sene. The release of the pigeons is a mystic ritual which should bring luck.

PastedImage-91793 Fans hold up posters and banners in the stadium of Demba Diop, Dakar.

PastedImage-36942 BB Bisma Ndoye defeats the wrestler Maraka Dji in the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar

PastedImage-90730 A group of people watch the wrestling match on television

Turkey’s Tara Todras-Whitehill went to Sierra Leone for her third-place story.


Erison Turay, puts on his football outfit in his house in the city of Kenema, 190 miles east of the capital Freetown. He founded the Ebola Survivors Football Club to support survivors, after 38 members of his family had died.

PastedImage-11145 Turay, right, plays around with a member of his extended family







Pictures: the amazing photos honoured at today’s World Press Photo Contest

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