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Shenzhen landslide

On Sunday, December 20 2015, a massive landslide struck an industrial park in Shenzhen, southern China. The landslide covered more than 100,000 square metres at the Hengtaiyu Industrial Park in Guangming New District. Residents suggested that illegal dumping of construction waste, which they said had been rife over the last few years, could have been a factor in the disaster. 

Picture of the Year went to “Europe Refugees” by Sergey Ponomarev, showing migrants arriving at the Greek island of Lesbos.

Press photo awards put China in the frame

The 12th China International Press Photo Contest shone the spotlight on leading events and issues around the world in 2015, including the European refugee crisis and the Tianjin Port explosions.