epa Photo Essays

A young boy walks past a burning fire used to keep evicted families warm overnight after police and private security evicted families from a commercial property in Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 June 2014. The late great Nelson Mandela and the ANC (African National Congress) brought an end to the minority rule of the white people of South Africa over the majority black people 25 years ago this year and thus brought to an end to one of the most unjust systems of repression in history: apartheid. This retrospective photo essay, depicting the chronology of South Africa's history from the arrival of the first white men in 1652, looks at South Africa's very soul and mirrors the journey of this infant democracy through its at times painful path to find balance over the past 15 years. EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK Japan's Emperor Akihito attends the opening of an ordinary parliamentary session at the Diet in Tokyo, Japan, 28 January 2019 (reissued 10 April 2019). After 30 years of reign, Emperor Akihito is to abdicate on 30 April 2019 and his son, Crown Prince Naruhito will officially access to the throne on 01 May 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

Cry My Beloved Country

Photographer: Kim Ludbrook

The Chrysanthemum Throne

Various photographers

A Chinese attendant holds a curtain during the opening of the second session of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 03 March 2019. Flanking the western edge of Tiananmen Square in downtown Beijing, the Great Hall of the People (GHOP), China's seat of government and center of state power, is one of the country's most iconic sites. EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY A change in road markings which marks the border between the Republic of Ireland (L) and Northern Ireland (R) outside the town of Middletown in Northern Ireland, Britain, 03 March 2019. On maps of Ireland, a line cuts across the north of the island like a scar, dividing Northern Ireland from the larger Republic of Ireland. That line is both physical and symbolic, signaling the geographic separation of two countries as well as their historical, social and religious differences. The reality of the Irish border is complex. Today, it is no longer a ‘hard’ border, though crossings are littered with rusting customs posts from another time. Often a change in road markings or the color of the tarmac are the only indicators that you have crossed into another country. It is possible to drive along a road and cross the border two or three times without even knowing it.

A Close Look at the Great Hall of the People
in Beijing

Photographer: Roman Pilipey

The Invisible Border

Photographer: Neil Hall

A Senegalese boy stands between boats on a section of beach that has been eroded away by a big storm revealing layers of waste in the beach sand in the fishing village of Yenne Todd, Senegal, 24 February 2019. Senegal is choking on plastic waste with tens of thousands of tons of it ending up in the ocean every year. A problem that is not only threatening the coastal population but also the economy. Due to a lack of comprehensive municipal waste management mechanisms, communities have engaged in their own clean ups in some villages. Environmentalists urge a change of policy regarding the use of plastics is urgently needed by government. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA A Chinese e-sports enthusiast (R) shows her gaming paraphernalia, from one of the games she plays, as they play the online game 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' (PUBG) in a private room with bed at an internet cafe in Beijing, China, 24 November 2018. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

Senegal Plastic Waste Crisis

Photographer: Nic Bothma

The Rise of Esports in Asia

Various photographers