The National Press Photographers Association announced this week the results for its annual Best of Photojournalism contest and several AP photographers were awarded prizes.
The winning images are featured below.
Oded Balilty | Pictorial: 1st Place
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz reflect on a car window as they gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Tashlich, which means "to cast away" in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically "throw away" their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Muhammed Muheisen | Portrait Series: 3rd Place
For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone.
Jerome Delay | International News Single: Honorable Mention
Kevin, a man accused of being a thief by civil servants at the Work Inspection office, lays in pain after being attacked by a man with a machete and sticks, in plain view of others, in Bangui, Central African Republic, Friday, April 18, 2014. Foreign journalists intervened and stopped the beating, as the crowd shouted "he is a thief, he must die." (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Hussein Malla | International News Single: Honorable Mention
Fatima, 13, weeps as she kisses her injured father, Ahmad al-Messmar, 40, who was wounded when a deadly car bomb blew up Saturday evening near a gas station, in the predominately Shiite town of Hermel, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Syrian border in northeast Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Sergei Grits | General News Single: Honorable Mention
In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine. Every freezing morning, priests sing prayers to demonstrators gathered on the Ukrainian capital's main square, a solemn and soothing interlude to vehement speeches calling for revolution. (AP Photo/Sergei Grtis)
Daniel Ochoa de Olza | Sports Feature Single: Honorable Mention
A bull's horn is stained with his own blood as Spanish bullfighter Manuel Escribano performs during a bullfight in Toro, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. In August hundreds of villages around Spain celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and parties on the streets. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Rodrigo Abd | Environmental Picture Story: Honorable Mention
A new threat now looms for the estimated 20,000 wildcat miners who toil in a huge scar of denuded rainforest known as La Pampa, an area nearly three times the size of Washington, D.C. Peru's government declared all informal mining illegal on April 19, 2014, and began a crackdown.
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