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The winners of the year’s most highly anticipated photojournalism contest have been announced. At the April 11 awards ceremony in Amsterdam, American photojournalist John Moore took home the top honour at the 62nd annual World Press Photo Contest.

His haunting image of a Honduran toddler wailing as her mother is searched by US Border Patrol in Texas was named 2019 World Press Photo of the Year.

Crying Girl On The Border By John Moore

Below other winners:

Akashinga – the Brave Ones, by Brent Stirton. Brent Stirton’s photo shows Petronella Chigumbura, 30, a member of an all-female anti-poaching unit called Akashinga, participating in stealth and concealment training in the Phundundu Wildlife Park, Zimbabwe.

The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, by Chris McGrath

Almajiri Boy, by Marco Gualazzini. Marco Gualazzini captured a shot of an orphaned boy in Bol, Chad, walking past a wall with drawings depicting rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The image is part of the documentation of the humanitarian crisis in the Chad Basin, caused by a combination of political conflict and environmental factors. Lake Chad, once one of Africa’s largest lakes and a lifeline to 40 million people, is experiencing massive desertification, shrinking by nine-tenths due to climate change, population growth and irrigation.

Blessed Be the Fruit: Ireland’s Struggle to Overturn Anti-Abortion Laws by Olivia Harris

Flamingo Socks By V

Unilateral by Brendan Smialowski

Syria, No Exit By Mohammed Badra

“Evacuated” By Wally Skalij

Glass Butterfly By Angel Fitor. A winged comb jelly, Leucothea multicornis, its wings widely opened, propels itself through waters off Alicante, Spain.

No words.

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The Associated Press reports:

New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons and banning components that modify existing weapons was passed by a vote of 119 to 1 in the House of Representatives after an accelerated process of debate and public submission. The bill needs only the approval of New Zealand’s governor general, a formality, before becoming law on Friday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke emotionally during the bill’s final reading of the traumatic injuries suffered by victims of the March 15 attacks, whom she visited in Christchurch Hospital after the shootings.

Days after the attack, New Zealand suspended sales of such weapons in order to prevent stockpiling before the legislature could act.

This is what happens when leaders care about its citizens.

Behold America, behold and know shame.

Photographer Christian Vieler specialises in glorious moments of the purest joy, capturing dogs trying to snaffle treats out of mid-air.

The expressions he captures are those of unbridled happiness (anyone who owns a dog knows that treats are basically life for them), panicked anticipation and focused concentration. Because who knows where the next treat is coming from is this one isn’t caught?

The shots bring out the unique personalities of each dog, as we can clearly read the emotions etched over their wonderfully dopey faces.

Vieler has been documenting dogs’ reactions since 2013, and has now collected them all in a book called Treat!

Genius idea with the treats!

Fully realising that rattlesnakes must fulfil some sort of role in nature by virtue of their existence, let’s also add that they suck. They seem like they’re always ill-tempered and they bite and kill people as well as gruesomely swallowing innocent critters whole. Take this amazing footage brought to us by Huffpost.

One sneaky snake (no, not Taylor Swift) tried it by creeping up on what it thought was dinner (aka a poor defenceless kangaroo rat in the desert). That snake is now hissing out the other side of its face. It picked on the wrong ninja kangaroo rat!

 
Scientists tell us that rattlesnakes can launch a bite in 100 milliseconds.

To illustrate how fast that is, a human blink takes 150 milliseconds.

Kangaroo rats can normally use their super-sensitive hearing to sense a predator’s approach and evade being bitten. But if they’re not able to exit immediately, they go ninja with a kick that takes only 70 milliseconds, according to a biology professor at San Diego State University.

“But in perhaps the most surprising finding of our research, kangaroo rats that did not react quickly enough to avoid the strike had another trick up their sleeves: they often were able to avoid being envenomated by reorienting themselves in mid-air and using their massive haunches and feet to kick the snakes away, ninja-style.”

Kangaroo rats might not look like much but it turns out that they’re the badasses of the animal kingdom. Who knew?

Street art duo PichiAvo, who have worked together since 2007, took their mix of classic and contemporary art to new heights by creating an 26-meter (85-foot) painted sculpture for Valencia’s Fallas Festival.

This traditional festival culminates on March 19, when the puppets (or fallas) are set aflame in honour of the feast of St. Joseph.

PichiAvo, who are from Valencia, follow in the footsteps of fellow Spanish street artist Okuda, who had the honour of creating the central falla last year.

PichiAvo are known for their pictorial work, which combines painted classical sculpture with graffiti motifs.

And here’s a video:

Monumental! 

Elephants are one of the most majestic creatures walking the Earth.

Despite being around 3m (9 feet 107⁄64 inches) tall and African elephants weighing about 6000kg (13,227 pounds) on average, they are gentle giants, known for their intelligence, empathy and strong family bonds.

Unfortunately, there are murderous assholes in the world that don’t respect life and all they care when they look at them is profit.

‘Save the Elephants’ reports that an estimated that the world’s forest elephant population was reduced by 62% as consequence of poaching.

As elephant numbers plummeted through the years, many countries put enormous effort into the conservation of their animals. Tsavo Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service are just a couple from many, and their mission is to conserve and manage the wildlife of the region.

The two organizations partnered with a British photographer Will Burrard-Lucas to showcase the beautiful nature and animals in Tsavo.

The photographer recently shared the journey on his blog, detailing the efforts. The key subject of Burrard-Lucas’ photographs, however, was something that truly stood out from the crowd of other elephants.

“If there were a Queen of Elephants, it would surely have been her” Burrard-Lucas explained.

What the photographer described is F_MU1, an extraordinary cow elephant with enormous two tusks.

She is one of just a few elephants known as tusker (or super-tusker), a type of elephant that has genetic properties granting it great size and large tusks.

They are rare and looked after, especially considering the fact that poachers kill elephants for their tusks.

F_MU1 lived for over 60 years and led a peaceful life, managing to evade harm.

“Her temperament was gentle and calm. Sometimes she would come so close to me that I could have touched her” Burrard-Lucas detailed his experience with the Elephant Queen.

Unfortunately, as Will was snapping shots of the elephants, an ongoing drought made it hard for the animals to survive, especially the younglings and elders. Food was scarce and it was probably a big contributor to the Elephant Queen’s passing a couple of weeks later.

Burrard-Lucas’ shots not only showcase how majestic and regal the old tusker looked like, it also celebrates her lengthy and peaceful existence and is a testament to the beauty of life that all the conservations protect.

The photographs are featured in Will’s new book titled “Land of Giants” along different shots of Tsavo’s other iconic tuskers.

The book is set to be released on 20th March.

MAJESTIC QUEEN!!

I will never understand how people can murder these extraordinary peaceful animals… FUCK YOU humans!

National Geographic has made a name for themselves with their earth-shattering photographs, so it was no surprise that they made Instagram history as the first brand to reach 100 million followers.

To celebrate in true Nat Geo fashion, they opened up a photography contest across the photo-sharing platform, using the hashtag #natgeo100contest.

In the 24-hour contest window, the magazine received more than 94,000 photograph submissions. The photo editors and photographers at Nat Geo went through the entries and narrowed them down to the top 10 most stunning images and then let their 10 million followers vote on who would be the grand prize winner.

Below you can view the contest winning photo, the top finalists along with some other gorgeous entries that didn’t make the cut but are still just as mind-blowing.

Grand Prize Winner Ketan Khambhatta

Finalist Adam Kiefer – National Park Ranger Matthieu Shamavu embraces Matabishi, an orphaned juvenile mountain gorilla, at the Senkwekwe Center, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Senkwekwe is the only rehabilitation center for mountain gorillas in the world.

Anuroop Krishnan

André Musgrove

Sebastien Nagy

Brent Stirton – A care-giver at the Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe helping a rescued, traumatized pangolin to find ants and termites to eat and kept him safe from predators and poachers. Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade and are extraordinarily endangered.

Maxime Israel Collier

Finalist Frank Haluska

Jacintha Verdegaal

Shivam

Caine Delacy

Chaitanya Deshpande

Majed Sultan Alza’abi

Finalist Chris O’bryan

Finalist Khatia Nikabadze – A bittersweet story

Juan Quinteros

 It’s truly art to be that talented at capturing these moments in time.