Christopher Furlong captures demonstrators marching down Boulevard Voltaire after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, January 11th.

Britain’s The Guardian is an internationally leading broadsheet newspaper, which in 2014 overtook the New York Times to become the world’s second most popular English-language newspaper site (after British tabloid, the Daily Mail). Every year it selects its photographer of the year based on submissions to its picture desk. Bearing in mind they receive up to 20,000 per day, it’s quite an honour to be chosen.

Last week they submitted their shortlist and it’s an incredible online gallery of editorial images taken from around the world highlighting highs and lows from 2015 including the refugee crisis, Britain’s general election, the terrorist attacks in Paris, Syrian airstrikes, deforestation and climate change.

The overall winner will be announced on 21st December on the Guardian website, so in the meantime you can check out the full shortlist here.


Filled swimming pools juxtaposed against the effects of California’s drought taken by Lucy Nicholson. 

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Mohammed Abed’s shot of a Palestinian boy walking past a supposed Banksy mural in Gaza City. 

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Syrian’s observing the damage as a result of airstrikes taken by Abd Doumany

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David Ramo’s photo of partygoers enjoying ‘British Fancy Dress Day’

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Stefan Rousseau’s shot of a less than willing photo call participant in David Cameron’s electoral campaign 

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Kenzo Tribouillard’s shot of the minutes silence to commemorate those who lost their lives in Paris on November 13th