From boxing to bullfighting AP images take top honors
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From boxing to bullfighting: AP images take top honors

Pablo Cesar Cano, right, lands a punch against Ashley Theophane in the eighth round during a welterweight fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. This picture won First Place – Sports Action Single Image in the 2014 Pictures of the Year International contest. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Spanish bullfighter Rafael Cerro performs with a Lozano's ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid Sunday, June 23, 2013. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain and the season runs from March to October. This picture was included in the winning entry for First Place -  Sports Picture Story in the 2014 Pictures of the Year International contest. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Dramatic sports images by Associated Press photographers depicting boxing and bullfighting received top honors in the 2014 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) photojournalism competition.

POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri’s journalism school.   

“It’s gratifying to see the work of so many of our talented photojournalists from around the globe recognized in this prestigious competition,” said Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography at AP.

See a gallery of the winning images.
The winners were announced today. AP photographers collected a total of nine awards:

•    First Place – Sports Action Single Image – Mark J. Terrill (Los Angeles)

•    First Place -  Sports Picture Story – Daniel Ochoa de Olza (Madrid, Spain)

•    Second Place – Spot News Single Image – Andoni Lubaki (Freelancer from Spain)

•    Second Place – Science and Natural History Single Image – David Guttenfelder (Tokyo)

•    Second Place – Portrait Series – Oded Balilty (Jerusalem)

•    Third Place – Issue Reporting Picture Story (Freelance/Agency) - Andres Kudacki (Freelancer in Spain, from Argentina)

•    Award of Excellence – Natural Disaster Single Image – Sue Ogrocki (Oklahoma City)

•    Award of Excellence – Spot News Single Image – Mohammad Sajjad (Pakistan)

•    Award of Excellence – News Picture Story (Freelance/Agency) - Jerome Delay (South Africa)

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