Observed Portraits, first prize singles
Pretoria, South Africa
A woman is turned away disappointed at the close of the third and final day of the lying-in-state of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, on 13 December. Nelson Mandela had died on 5 December at the age of 95, after a prolonged respiratory infection. Over 100,000 people lined up to pay respects to the former leader, but many were unable to gain access in time to file past the casket.
The Associated Press
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Markus Schreiber was born in Bonn, Germany, and began his photojournalism career in 1991 as a photographer with the regional newspaper Kölnisch/Bonner Rundschau in Bonn. He moved to The Associated Press' Bonn office as a freelancer in the mid '90s and has been based out of their Berlin office since 1999.
As a wire service photographer, he has covered various national and international news and sports assignments across Europe and the Mideast, Asia and Africa. His past assignments have included the second intifada in Israel and Gaza in 2002, the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 and the 2012 Olympics in London.