AP monthly staff photo contest

Each month, The Associated Press management honors photographers for outstanding photo coverage while on assignment. The winners for the March 2015 AP Staff Photo Contest are Khalid Mohammed in News photography for “Battle for Tikrit," Charles Krupa in Feature photography for “Learning from a Survivor” and Andy Brownbill, David Rowland, James Elsby, Rick Rycroft, Ross Setford, Theo Karanikos and Theron Kirkman in Sports photography for “Cricket World Cup."

Congratulations to all the photographers for their outstanding work. This month’s winning images are featured below.

News Photography | Battle for Tikrit by Khalid Mohammed

In late March, Iraqi troops started the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, just hours after the United States launched airstrikes on the Islamic State held city. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown, going house to house in search of snipers and booby traps.

Feature Photography | Learning from a Survivor by Charles Krupa

Charla Nash lost her face, eyes and hands after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. The Department of Defense is following Nash's progress, after funding her full-face transplant surgery in 2011. The military is hoping the information they learn from Nash's rehabilitation can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war.

Sports Photography | Cricket World Cup by Andy Brownbill, David Rowland, James Elsby, Rick Rycroft, Ross Setford, Theo Karanikos and Theron Kirkman

The 2015 Cricket World Cup was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The final match of the tournament took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between co-hosts New Zealand and Australia.. Australia defeated New Zealand to win their fifth ICC Cricket World Cup.

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