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Baby passed through barbed wire fence wins World Press Photo of the Year

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Baku, February 18, AZERTAC

A man handing a baby under a barbed wire fence on the Serbian-Hungarian border has won the prestigious World Press Photo Award, according to Deutsche Welle.

The black-and-white image highlights Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II.

Budapest-based Australian freelance photographer Warren Richardson took the photo while camping with a group of migrants for five days on that border near Roszke in Hungary.

Jury member Vaughn Wallace, deputy photo editor for Al Jazeera America, called the image "incredibly powerful visually, but it's also very nuanced" as it forces the viewer to consider both the child and the face of the man passing the baby through the razor-wire fence.

The picture uses moonlight to capture the drama faced by more than a million people crossing borders into Europe to flee war, famine and conflict in 2015.

"We played cat-and-mouse with the police the whole night," Richardson said, describing the situation that led to the photo titled "Hope For a New Life." "It was around three o'clock in the morning and you can't use a flash while police are trying to find these people, because I would just give them away."

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