World Press Photo 2015

12 of The Straits Times' best photographs

The Straits Times pays tribute to the power of the visual image by showcasing its best photojournalism work of 2015. Carefully curated by ST's Photo Desk, these pictures illustrate the richness of life in Singapore, from historic events like Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral to intimate moments such as a baptism at East Coast Park.

The six F-16C Fighting Falcons of the Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knights display their topside red-and-white livery. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

From 7am on 26 March 2015, the queue for members of the public who would like to pay their respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House starts at the Padang. There is a special lane at the Padang for the elderly, pregnant women, school children, families with children under six-years-old, and those with special needs. Ground personnel are distributing water to those waiting in line. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

A kite in the shape of legs, silhouetted against the blazing sun at the Marina Barrage on 4 June 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Reverend Timothy Aye, a visiting pastor from Yangon, Myanmar, baptizing domestic worker, Naw Nailvin Cho Cho, in the sea at East Coast Park on 1 November 2015. According to Christian beliefs, the act of baptism by immersing believers into the water symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

(From left) Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Mr Edwin Tong (hidden), Dr Fatimah Lateef, Mr Goh Chok Tong and Mr Seah Kian Peng from the People's Action Party (PAP) hugging after hearing the results for Marine Parade group representation constituency (GRC) on 12 September 2015. The PAP team, led by first-time anchor minister Tan Chuan-Jin, cruised to victory against the Workers’ Party (WP), winning 64.07 per cent of the votes to strengthen their grip on the five-member GRC. ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad (right) and his son Irfan embark on the final leg of the torch relay during the 28th SEA Games opening ceremony at the National Stadium on 5 June 2015. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Mr Guo Yang spending a quiet moment with his son Jeremy at 6am on Saturday morning on 1 August 2015. just before both of them went into the operating theatre for the liver transplant operation. Fortunately, Mr Guo was found to be a suitable donor for his son. Jeremy was born with biliary atresia, a life-threatening condition in which the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gall bladder, were absent. The bile became trapped, building up and damaging his liver. His liver condition worsened, but doctors had to wait for him to grow stronger and bigger before removing his damaged liver, and replacing it with a portion of his father'’s liver. ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

Hazy conditions causing discomfort to pedestrians near Rivervale Plaza at about 7pm on 14 September 2015. The 3-hour PSI reading at 7pm was 167. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

They came, young and old, lining Raffles Quay on 29 March 2015 despite the torrential downpour, the sombre tones of mourning broken by multi-coloured raincoats, ponchos and umbrellas. The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew's cortege travelled 15.4km from Parliament House to the University Cultural Centre, where his state funeral was held. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Madam Tian Ying Lee, 62, and her husband Wong Ah Fook, 53, singing karaoke in their living room at Dakota Crescent. The couple have lived in Dakota Crescent for 21 years and share a love for singing. They have won several singing contests, and often invite their neighbours to join them for karaoke sessions. ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Ugandan acid attack victim Namale Allen at the Salvation Army in Singapore on 26 September 2015. Ms Allen's face and body horrifyingly disfigured in a brutal acid attack in May 2014. The acid attack melted the facial features of Ms Allen and blinded her. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Ms Tiara Adinda Sari, 22, dressed as “a tree of creativity” who is one of the performers in Chingay 2015. She is part of Indonesia’s Jember Fashion Carnaval, a 470-member contingent. The troupe is one of 19 groups from 15 countries and regions taking part in the annual street procession, themed “We love SG” to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday this year. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN