World Press Photos: Sports category

First Prize Sports Category, Singles


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Argentina player Lionel Messi comes to face the World Cup trophy during the final celebrations at Maracana Stadium. His team lost to Germany 1-0, after a goal by Mario Götze in extra time. PHOTO: BAO TAILIANG, CHINA, CHENGDU ECONOMIC DAILY

Second Prize Sports Category, Singles


East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA: 
Odell Beckham (#13) of the New York Giants makes a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. PHOTO: AL BELLO, USA, GETTY IMAGES

Second Prize Sports Category, Stories


Conquering Speed

Marinus Kraus of Germany in action during the qualifying round of the HS134 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, December 12, 2014. PHOTO: SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPA