The Best Photojournalism of the Year, American Photo

1Javier Manzano’s portrait of rebel snipers guarding their nest during the siege of Aleppo in 2012 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photograhy—the first time in 17 years a freelance photographer has received the award.
Javier Manzano/AFP


A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Osman Orsal is a Reuters staffer based in Turkey.
Osman Orsal / Reuters


A typhoon survivor walks past damaged trees at typhoon-ravaged Tolosa town, Leyte province, central Philippines, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. One month since Typhoon Haiyan, signs of progress in this shattered Philippine city are mixed with reminders of the scale of the disaster and the challenges ahead. Tens of thousands are living amid the ruins of their former lives, underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts.Aaron Favila is an Associated press staffer currently covering the recovery efforts in the Philippines.
AP Photo/Aaron Favila


A Sunshine International Aquarium staff member dressed in a Santa Claus costume embraces a Zebra shark as he swims with fish inside the aquarium in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Shizuo Kambayashi is a staff photographer working for the Associated Press in Japan
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi


Supporters of Club Nacional de Football cheer amidst smoke from fireworks, before the start of a match against Penarol in Montevideo, Uruguay. Andres Stapff is a Reuters staffer based in Uruguay covering general news.
Andres Stapff/Reuters


A child watches jellyfish swim in a large tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Andy Clark is a freelance photographer based in British Columbia, shooting for Reuters. See more of his work here.
Andy Clark/Reuters


A miner takes a short break inside an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas, Mexico. Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Daniel Becerril is a stringer working for Reuters in Mexico.
Daniel Becerril/Reuters


An activist reacts as mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a protest dubbed “State Burial-Ballot Revolution”, a demonstration against legislators’ plans to receive higher bonuses. Thomas Mukoya has been a photographer with Reuters since 2002. He is also the President of the Photojournalists’ Association of Kenya.
Thomas Mukoya/Reuters


Thousands of tents are seen on Mount Wugongshan during the 2013 International I Camping Festival held in Jiangxi province, China. The event which opened on September 14, attracted more than 15,000 campers from all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Reuters/Stringer


August 14, 2013. A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks to a woman holding a stick as police clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, at the smaller of two camps, near the Cairo University campus in Giza, Cairo. Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved on Wednesday to clear two sit-in camps set up by supporters of the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out at both sites.
Imad Abdul Rahman is an independent photojournalist stringing for Reuters in Egypt. His images offer a sobering glimpse into the deadly crackdown that is currently taking against supporters of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
Imad Abdul Rahman/AP Photo


Models are pictured in compact mirrors as they prepare backstage before a presentation of the Honor Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week. Lucas Jackson is a New York City-based Reuters staffer. We had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Jackson back in May, regarding an eerie series of images he shot following the Oklahoma tornados. Read that interview and see more of his work here.
Lucas Jackson/Reuters


Frank Lawton of Deadwood, South Dakota fires his single action revolver after cocking the gun with his left hand during the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia The present-day Fast Draw competition was born from the Hollywood myth of the western gunfighter, and the idea is to draw a single action revolver from a holster, and cock, fire and hit a designated target in the shortest possible time. No live ammunition is ever used, only blank cartridges or wax bullets. The targets are either a metal silhouette used with wax bullets or balloons that burst from the muzzle blast from the blank cartridges. Andy Clark is a freelance photographer based in British Columbia, who frequently shoots for Reuters.
Andy Clark/Reuters


A peasant rests along a street next to his flags during a march, upon arrival in Mexico City. The peasants who started this march 30 days ago in Villa Hermosa, in the state of Tabasco, are heading to the capital to seek government support to make their land more productive. Edgard Garrido, who has been with Reuters since 2007, is also an accomplished string musician. See more of his work here.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters


A woman stuck in her car is rescued from floodwaters by a resident during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, Greece. John Kolesidis is a photojournalist based in Athens, Greece, shooting for the likes of Reuters and Corbis.
John Kolesidis/Reuters


School children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi assemble to mark his anniversary in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Babu Babu is a Reuters phographer based in Chennai.
Babu Babu / Reuters


An animal rights activist protests against meat consumption through a performance to promote vegetarianism during “Day Without Meat” in central Barcelona.
Albert Gea/Reuters


See our full interview with Lucas Jackson about his twilight images of the 2013 Oklahoma tornados here.
Lucas Jackson/Reuters


Children play on self-made swings on scaffolding at a construction site in Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, China. William Hong is a Reuters photojournalist working in the eastern portion of China.
William Hong / Reuters


Three Brothers Pizza is consumed by a fast moving fire which began earlier in the day at the south end of the Seaside Boardwalk. 9/12/2013. Andrew Mills is a veteran photographer at The Star ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper. He came on staff in 1996 and since then, has done two tours overseas for the daily, one in Israel and one in the Gaza Strip. He has photographed countless breaking news and professional sports events. Andrew describes himself as a ” peak-action, spot-news kind of guy.” Check out our interview with him here.
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger


A displaced boy mimics the photographer taking a picture of him, using a fake plastic jewel, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Ben Curtis is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Kenya.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis


People sunbathe by the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. Alexander Demianchuk is a Reuters staffer based in St. Petersburg.
Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters


Responders try to rescue trapped garment workers from the Rana Plaza building, which collapsed earlier in the week, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The accident killed upwards of 228 people and injured thousands more. Andrew Biraj is a Reuters staff photographer based out of Dhaka, Bangladesh and the winner of a 2011 World Press Photo award.
Andrew Biraj/Reuters


Buddhist monks pray at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, north of Bangkok, Thailand, on Makha Bucha Day. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. Kerek Wongsa is a stringer working for Reuters in Thailand.
Kerek Wongsa/Reuters


A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York’s Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 11, 2013. Gary Hershorn is a 28-year Reuters veteran from Hoboken, New Jersey. See more of his work here and here.
Gary Hershorn/Reuters


Rescue workers carry a garment worker, who was pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza garment building, in Savar, Bangladesh.
Stringer/Reuters


August 9, 2013. A still smoldering mountainside is seen under the stars at the Silver Fire, California. The blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m., near a back-country road south of Banning, 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours, it had blackened more than 5,000 acres. David McNew is based in Pasadena, California. He has worked as a photojournalist since the mid-1980’s having contrinuted to an impressive list of organizations, including: UPI, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and Getty Images. See more of David’s work here.
David McNew/Reuters


A boy slides down a water chute in a public swimming pool in Thun, Switzerland.
Ruben Sprich is Reuters’ chief photographer in Switzerland. He shoots everything from breaking and general news, to sports photography.
Ruben Sprich/Reuters


A Star Wars movie character mannequin stands outside a tornado-destroyed house in Oklahoma City. The owner of the house collected movie memorabilia. Rick Wilking started with Reuters as its Chief Photographer for Switzerland in 1985. In 1989 he moved to Washington DC, where he covered the White House up until 1998, before relocating to Colorado. He is currently covering the aftermath of the tornado in Oklahoma. See more of his work on the Reuters blog.
Rick Wilking/Reuters


A Typhoon Haiyan survivor carries his belongings through the ruins of Tacloban, Philippines on his way back to his temporary shelter.David Guttenfelder is the Associated Press’ Chief Photographer for Asia. He was previously covering daily life in North Korea, but flew out to the Philippines after the Typhoon struck, to document the aftermath. He was also recently awarded TIME’s Instagram photographer of the Year award. See his Instagram here.
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder

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