AP Photographers Honored with NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Awards

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  • APTOPIX Mideast Israel Yom Kippur Tashlich
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    APTOPIX Mideast Israel Yom Kippur Tashlich
    10/02/2014
    Oded Balilty/AP/SIPA
    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, which start on...

  • APTOPIX Central African Republic
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    APTOPIX Central African Republic
    04/18/2014
    Jerome Delay/AP/SIPA
    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." Police arrived and took Kevin into custody. He was then taken to a local hospital for treatment under police surveillance before being brought...

  • Mideast Lebanon
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    Mideast Lebanon
    02/02/2014
    Hussein Malla/AP/SIPA
    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. A shadowy Lebanese Sunni extremist group late Saturday claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Hermel, a stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, that killed several people in...

  • Ukraine Priests and Protests
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    Ukraine Priests and Protests
    01/26/2014
    Sergei Grits/AP/SIPA
    FILE In this file 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. As a barricade of blazing tires belched thick black smoke, a line of priests stood between angry protesters and ominous riot police. 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....

  • Spain Bullfight
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    Spain Bullfight
    08/28/2014
    Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP/SIPA
    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)/DO109/360156921645/1408290640

  • APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    ALTERNATE CROP - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, laiba Hazrat, 6, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned...

  • Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee boy, Hayat Khan, 8, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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.Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country,...

  • APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, Gul Bibi Shamra, 3, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home...

  • APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee boy, Abdulrahman Bahadir, 13, poses for a picture, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the...

  • APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    APTOPIX Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, Robina Haseeb, 5, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home...

  • Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee boy, Awal Gul, 12, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country,...

  • Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
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    Pakistan Refugees Photo Essay
    01/27/2014
    Muhammed Muheisen/AP/SIPA
    In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, Naseebah Zarghoul, 6, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. 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. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home...

  • Best of 2014 from Latin America and Caribbean Photo Gallery
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    Best of 2014 from Latin America and Caribbean Photo Gallery
    12/13/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    FILE - In this April 28, 2014 file photo, a woman throws a rock and a bag at police blocking her from getting home in the Huepetuhe district of the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Security forces began destroying illegal gold mining machinery in Peru’s southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios, as authorities began enforcing a ban on illegal mining. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)/BOYLAT332/138008505562/APRIL 28, 2014 FILE PHOTO/1412150422

  • The Week That Was in Latin America Photo Gallery
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    The Week That Was in Latin America Photo Gallery
    05/05/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this May 5, 2014 photo, miners known as "Maraqueros" ready a rustic type of hydraulic jet known locally as a "Chupadera," after hauling the device about 16-meters deep into a crater at a gold mine process in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. A new threat now looms for the estimated 20,000 wildcat miners who toil in 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...

  • Peru Illegal Mining
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    Peru Illegal Mining
    04/30/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this Wednesday, April 30, 2014 photo, gasoline used for illegal mining burns as it is destroyed by authorities in the Huepetuhe district of Peru's Madre de Dios region. Soldiers, police and marines have begun destroying illegal gold mining machinery in Peru’s southeastern jungle region. Authorities began enforcing a ban on illegal mining Monday. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD302/548629814307/WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 PHOTO/1405030144

  • APTOPIX Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
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    APTOPIX Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
    05/03/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this May 3, 2014 photo, a jet stream of water passes above two miners known as "Maraqueros" who remove stones and chunks of tree trunks that have been released with the aid of a rustic type of hydraulic jet known locally as a "Chupadera," in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. The Chupadera aims powerful jet streams of water at earth walls, releasing the soils that hold the sought after flecks of gold. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD103/25976215675/MAY 3, 2014 PHOTO/1405120325

  • APTOPIX Peru Illegal Mining
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    APTOPIX Peru Illegal Mining
    05/02/2014
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    Manuel Espinosa holds his four-month-old son Edward, brought to him by his wife as he takes a break from mining gold in La Pampa, located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, Friday, May 2, 2014. Madre de Dios state has an estimated 40,000 illegal miners, most centered near the commercially vital Interoceanic Highway that links the Pacific Ocean with Brazil. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD320/585905917546/1405030655

  • Best of 2014 from Latin America and Caribbean Photo Gallery
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    Best of 2014 from Latin America and Caribbean Photo Gallery
    12/13/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, a column of policemen move into a gold mining camp as part of an operation to eradicate illegal mining in the area known as La Pampa, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Less than a month before Peru played host to global climate talks, the government sent police into southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining mining camps. Fifty-thousand hectares of rainforest have been obliterated in the past six years in the wasteland known as La Pampa. (AP...

  • Peru Illegal Miners Photo Gallery
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    Peru Illegal Miners Photo Gallery
    11/15/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    This Nov. 11, 2014 aerial photo, shows a deforested area dotted with blue tarps, marking the area where miners reside, and craters filled with water, caused by illegal gold mining activities, in La Pampa, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Less than a month before Peru plays host to global climate talks, the government sent a battalion of police into southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining mining camps. In addition to contributing to deforestation, the illegal alluvial gold mining...

  • Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
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    Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
    05/03/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this May 3, 2014 photo, Prisaida, 2, sits in the shallow waters of a polluted lagoon as her parents mine for gold nearby, in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. The lagoon emerged as a result of miners bombarding the earth with jet streams of water in search of gold. The miners know they will be soon be evicted, Peru’s government declared all informal mining illegal on April 19. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD115/842265855846/MAY 3, 2014 PHOTO/1405120319

  • Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
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    Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
    05/03/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this May 3, 2014 photo, a rope hangs around the trunk of a tree at a illegal gold mining process in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. An estimated 20,000 miners toil in this malarial expanse of denuded rainforest known as La Pampa. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD111/718454922209/MAY 3, 2014 PHOTO/1405120324

  • Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
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    Peru Gold Miners Photo Essay
    05/07/2014
    Rodrigo Abd/AP/SIPA
    In this May 3, 2014 photo, a miner roughly estimates his handful of gold he mined, after working for over 24-hours, in La Pampa in Peru's Madre de Dios region. Thousands of artisanal gold miners sweat through the long hours and endure, for a few grams of gold, the perils of collapsing earth, limb-crushing machinery and the toxic mercury used to bind gold flecks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD124/728951705485/MAY 3, 2014 PHOTO/1405120307