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02/18/2016 17:42 EST | Updated 02/18/2017 00:12 EST

2016 World Press Photo Contest winners include a Canadian

Unpublished freelancer's shot wins contest

Australian freelancer Warren Richardson took this shot, ​lit only by moonlight, on Aug. 28, 2015, while covering the refugee crisis in Europe. 

He said he offered it to two news organizations, neither of which responded.

Jury members for the 2016 World Press Photo Contest saw something special in the black and white image, which also won first prize in the spot news category.

Listen to the judges explain their selection

 

Europe's refugee crisis a major theme among this year's winners

The World Press Photo Contest annually honours the photographer best able to produce a picture that captures an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the previous year. 

Canadian Kevin Frayer won in 2 categories

Frayer, who is from Winnipeg but now lives in Asia, won first prize in the daily life category for this shot of a Chinese coal worker, as well as second place in the daily life 'stories' category for a series on the Tibetan Dharma festival, which included the image below.

Frontline coverage in Syria was honoured...

…along with images taken in the days following the April 25 earthquake in Nepal

Winners in the long-term projects category included photos from North Korea…

…and life inside Antarctic camps

Top sports photos were taken in Siberia and on the slopes of Beaver Creek, Colo.

There was also a category for nature shots

This year's contest drew 82,951 images from 5,775 photographers in 128 countries.

Last year's competition was overshadowed by the disqualification of a winner over a breach of journalistic standards, as well as questions about the level of post processing acceptable in news images.

Mads Nissen's atmospheric image of a gay couple in Russia won the top prize for 2014.