2015 Eyes of History: Still Contest: Picture Story International

A series of pictures of feature, spot news, general news or issue reporting that depicts a story line or single theme, made outside the United States. 12 photos maximum per story.

First Place

Michel du Cille, The Washington Post
Ebola: The Ebola virus easily outran the plodding response by World Health Organizations as the disease crippled the ill equipped local health systems in the West African Country of Liberia. As of early September, with more than 1,800 confirmed Ebola deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, there was still no coordinated global response.

Second Place

Win McNamee, Getty Images
Normandy: June 6, 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The invasion saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada join forces for an assault credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. During the anniversary, veterans of the invasion were celebrated by the citizens of the region of Normandy who still hold great affection for their liberators. World War II re-enactors also flocked to the site to join in the celebration. With most veterans now in their nineties, this likely marked their final return in large numbers to the French coast to revisit the site of their historic accomplishment.

Third Place

Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post
Deport: When U.S. president Barack Obama drew a line on immigration, it went straight through the family of Mexican natives Marilu Morales and Javier Flores. After living in the United States for 13 years, Javier was deported to his home country, leaving a wife and four children in Akron, Ohio. Javier would have qualified for the relief of Obama’s executive action to halt deportation if only it had come 10 weeks earlier. Their children, all American citizens, could only live with both parents by joining him in a town of 900 near the Guatemalan border. And Marilu, an illegal immigrant who under Obama’s plan was suddenly secure in the U.S. for the first time in 13 years, had begun wondering if now was the time to leave.

Award of Excellence

Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Genocide: It has been 20 years since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period. Now, spurred by a strong central government, the people of this tiny central-African country attempt to move forward while refusing to bury their vivid and terrible memories. CAPTION: A young woman stands in an opening of a hedgerow of a genocide 'reconciliation village' April 6, 2014 in Mybo, Rwanda. Organized by the Prison Fellowship Rwanda in 2004, this village of 285 is where those who served time in prison for genocide now live side-by-side with people who survived the killers' 1994 rampage. One of five communities like this in Rwanda, Mbyo residents share agriculture and handicraft cooperatives and say that working together has helped with reconciliation, easing their apprehension and fostering new friendships. Rwanda is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period.