"Saved to Life." Paul Hansen, Dagens Nyheter. First Place: Newspaper. Six-week Michele Olofsson weighed 2 pounds at birth. Fortunately Swedish hospitals are among the best in the world for prenatal care, and she survived.
"Red Tourism." Tomas Van Houtryve, Panos Pictures. First Place: Photographer of the Year: Freelance/Agency. Actors dressed as Maoist revolutionaries take part in a battle re-enactment called the Defence of Yan'an on November 8, 2009, in Yan'an, China.
"A Star in the Sky." Thomas Lekfeldt, Ekstra Bladet/Moment.
First Place: World Understanding Award. Vibe, who has a brain tumor, and her father Michael enjoy a playful moment in the bathroom at their home in Hundested, Denmark.
"The Death of the Colorado." Brian L. Frank, Redux/Global Post. Winner: Global Vision Award. As the water level of Lake Meade has dropped, residents have relocated, however a few long time residents remain, fishing its receding waters.
"Polygamy in America." Stephanie Sinclair, VII for National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Winner: Community Awareness Award. Joe S. Jessop, of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with his wives and kids
"Paradise Rivers." Carolyn Drake, Panos Pictures/Prospekt. First Place: Science/Natural History Picture Story; Finalist: Global Vision Award. Low water levels in a reservoir above Nurek Dam in Tajikistan.
"Unrest Continues After Iranian Presidential Elections." Majid Saeedi, Getty Images. Award of Excellence; Third Place: Civil Defiance. A scene from post-election protests in Iran.
"Pollution in China." Lu Guang, Contact Press Images. Finalist: World Understanding Award. Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia, April 10, 2005. Workers in the factories have no immune defenses, causing them to become ill after one or two years on the job.
"The Human Toll: Mountaintop Removal Mining in Appalachia." Katie Falkenberg, The Washington Times. Finalist: Global Vision Award. Recently planted tree seedlings grow in rocky ground designated for reclamation on a mountaintop removal site in Kentucky.
"After School Hip-hop." Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post.
Third Place: Photographer of the Year, Newspaper. Dayvon Vaughns, 6, participates in a hip-hop dance class during the afterschool program at Fairview Elementary School in Denver, Colorado.
"Coming of Age." Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times. Award of Excellence: Second Place, General News Reporting. Jessica Alvarado fixes her Quincea
What follows is a selection of images from "The Year." All photos and captions courtesy of POYi and the Annenberg Space for Photography.