This photo of Syrian refugees just took the top prize at a world photojournalism contest

The image was snapped by a self-taught, freelance photographer

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'Hope for a New Life' [Warren Richardson]

One of the most prestigious awards in photography, the World Press Photo Foundation has just, for the 59th time, awarded its gongs for the most symbolic, beautiful, and powerful images of the last 12 months, giving its top honour to a black and white still of a Syrian refugee passing his infant child under a barbwire fence.

The competition, designed to develop and promote quality visual journalism, selected Warren Richardson’s Hope for a New Life as its top photograph of year, beating 83,000 photos from 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries.

Richardson, a self-taught Australian freelance photojournalist, captured the image of the man passing the baby though the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, on August 28th, 2015.

You can see a selection of the winning photographs from the 2016 World Press Photo Foundation contest in the gallery below: