Since 1955 the World Press Photo Contest has recognised the best single exposure pictures that contributed to the prior year of visual journalism.

The results of the 2018 World Press Photo Contest are being announced in a new way. Today (14 February) the World Press Photo Foundation has announced three nominees for each of the eight photo contest categories, and – for the first time – a shortlist of six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year.

World Press Photo of the Year nominees: The six images shortlisted for the top award cover the Rohingya refugee crisis, the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Westminster terror attack, the battle for Mosul and the Venezuela crisis.

To select the winners of the 61st World Press Photo Contest, the judges reviewed 73,044 photographs by 4,548 photographers from 125 different countries.

The 2018 photo contest features a new category this year: the Environment, documenting human impact, positive or negative, on the environment. Small changes have been made to the focus of the Contemporary Issues and Nature categories. The Daily Life category has been discontinued.

Nature single image nominees:

Nature stories nominees:

Environment single image nominees:

Environment stories nominees:

Spot news singles images:

Spot news stories nominees:

General news single image nominees:

General news stories nominees:

Contemporary issues single image nominees:

Contemporary issues stories nominees:

People single image nominees:

People stories nominees:

Sports single image nominees:

Sports stories nominees:

Long-term projects nominees:

The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year, and all of the category winners, will be announced at the awards show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.