Each month, The Associated Press management honors photographers for outstanding photo coverage while on assignment. The winners for the February 2015 AP Staff Photo Contest are Pavel Golovkin, Dmitry Lovetsky and Denis Tyrin in News photography for “Opposition Killing”, Natacha Pisarenko in Feature photography for “The Northern Peninsula” and Kamran Jebreili in Sports photography for “Pigeon Return”.
Congratulations to all the photographers for their outstanding work. This month's winning images are featured below.
News Photography | Opposition Killing by Pavel Golovkin, Dmitry Lovetsky and Denis Tyrin
Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin. The killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition.
Feature Photography | The Northern Peninsula by Natacha Pisarenko
Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents. The first explorers set foot in Antarctica hunting 19th-century riches of whale and seal oil and fur. Since then, the continent has proven a treasure chest for scientists trying to determine everything from the creation of the cosmos to how high seas will rise with global warming.
Sports Photography | Pigeon Return by Kamran Jebreili
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is a professional tennis tournament owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free and held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on outdoor hardcourts. The tournament takes place at the end of February and organizes a men's and women's event.
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Nat Castañeda is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. A California native, Castañeda works primarily in video and collage, with an emphasis on tactile intimacy with her materials remaining an important aspect of all her projects. Common issues in Castañeda’s work are the conflating of iconography and pornography, the questioning of traditional gender binaries, and the role of technology within personal narratives. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has shown at venues such as El Museo del Barrio and Electronic Arts Intermix. In addition to her art practice, Castañeda currently works at The Associated Press where she leads a team that curates AP's online archive of historic and contemporary photojournalism. Castañeda’s photography has appeared in the New York Times,U.S. News & World Report and USA Today.