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Category: Issue Reporting Picture Story

First Place

Manu Brabo / Associated Press
“Wandering Migrants”

Second Place

Lorenzo Tugnoli / The Washington Post
“The longest war”

Third Place

Tariq Zaidi / Freelance
“El Salvador: A Country Ruled By Gangs”

Award of Excellence

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
“Donald and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year”

Award of Excellence

Nariman El-Mofty / Associated Press
“Disembarking in Hell”

Award of Excellence

Kirsten Luce / Freelance
“The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism”

Award of Excellence

Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press
“Venezuela: Death's Burden”

Award of Excellence

“The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism”

In Chiang Mai, there's an infamous road called Route 1096 with a string of shady attractions that exploit native animals like this Macaque monkey.

This business was called "monkey school," and it offers multiple performances throughout the day.

When not performing, the monkeys are on display in individual tiny cages.

There's a sign in English posted above the cages that says that the monkeys are allowed to roam free after they close in the evening. This indicates that tourists had complained about the conditions. But we revisited and monitored the conditions after closing and it is not true. This is one of many places in Thailand which lie to appease tourists who visit once and will never return.