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These are the winning images of the AP monthly staff photo contest

Updated : March 16, 2019 08:51 AM IST

Each month The Associated Press honours photographers for outstanding coverage while on assignment. The winning photographs for the February 2019 AP Photo Contest include: Felipe Dana's photograph of a Muslim woman holding her baby in her arms being evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants after being screened by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria.

A woman who was evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants holds her baby after being screened by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria, Monday, February 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A woman who was evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants holds her baby after being screened by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria, Monday, February 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
In this February 7, 2019, photo, a player performs on a Mallakhamb pole during an early morning training session at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practised in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb had its first international championship in Mumbai in February. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 7, 2019, photo, a player performs on a Mallakhamb pole during an early morning training session at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practised in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb had its first international championship in Mumbai in February. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 4, 2019, photo, a player tightens his grip on a mallakhamb pole as he trains at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 4, 2019, photo, a player tightens his grip on a mallakhamb pole as he trains at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 5, 2019, photo, a player performs on a mallakhamb pole at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 5, 2019, photo, a player performs on a mallakhamb pole at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 5, 2019, photo, a player powders his hands before performing on a mallakhamb pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 5, 2019, photo, a player powders his hands before performing on a mallakhamb pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 6, 2019, photo, Vikram Nadkarni, of Newcastle, England, performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 6, 2019, photo, Vikram Nadkarni, of Newcastle, England, performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 5, 2019, photo, a player performs a rope version of mallakhamb at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
In this February 5, 2019, photo, a player performs a rope version of mallakhamb at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Austria's Dominic Thiem serves to Serbia's Laslo Djere at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Austria's Dominic Thiem serves to Serbia's Laslo Djere at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
West Indies cricket team captain Jason Holder walks to the dressing room after a training session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Wednesday, January 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
West Indies cricket team captain Jason Holder walks to the dressing room after a training session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Wednesday, January 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
West Indies' captain Jason Holder bowls against England during day one of the second Test cricket matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
West Indies' captain Jason Holder bowls against England during day one of the second Test cricket matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Fans of England watch from a pool day one of the second Test cricket matches against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Fans of England watch from a pool day one of the second Test cricket matches against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Thursday, January 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
A ground worker rolls the pitch at the nets prior to a training session of England cricket team at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Monday, February 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
A ground worker rolls the pitch at the nets prior to a training session of England cricket team at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Monday, February 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
England's Ben Stokes reacts after his dismissal during day three of the second Test cricket match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Saturday, February 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
England's Ben Stokes reacts after his dismissal during day three of the second Test cricket match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Saturday, February 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
England'swicketkeeperr Jonny Bairstow runs to stop a shot played by West Indies' Darren Bravo during day two of the second Test cricket match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Friday, February 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
England'swicketkeeperr Jonny Bairstow runs to stop a shot played by West Indies' Darren Bravo during day two of the second Test cricket match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Friday, February 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
West Indies' Chris Gayle celebrates after he scored a century against West Indies during the fourth One Day International cricket match at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
West Indies' Chris Gayle celebrates after he scored a century against West Indies during the fourth One Day International cricket match at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Ground workers watch from the scoreboard the fourth One Day International cricket match between England and West Indies at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Ground workers watch from the scoreboard the fourth One Day International cricket match between England and West Indies at the National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
A supporter of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari wears sunglasses with a photo of Buhari and the initials of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party, at a campaign rally in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, February 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A supporter of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari wears sunglasses with a photo of Buhari and the initials of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party, at a campaign rally in Abuja, Nigeria Wednesday, February 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A child leads a blind man as they walk past a wall of campaign posters in Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A child leads a blind man as they walk past a wall of campaign posters in Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerians engage in heated but friendly arguments about the postponement of the election, over beers at a street-side bar in the predominantly-Christian neighborhood of Sabon Gari in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Nigerians engage in heated but friendly arguments about the postponement of the election, over beers at a street-side bar in the predominantly-Christian neighborhood of Sabon Gari in Kano, northern Nigeria Saturday, February 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A baby sleeps on his mother's back as women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, February 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A baby sleeps on his mother's back as women queue in line to cast their votes in the village of Tumfafi, near Kano, in northern Nigeria Saturday, February 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling party and main opposition party briefly pull knives and machetes on each other during an otherwise celebratory gathering of supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari anticipating victory, in Kano, northern Nigeria Monday, February 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of the ruling party and main opposition party briefly pull knives and machetes on each other during an otherwise celebratory gathering of supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari anticipating victory, in Kano, northern Nigeria Monday, February 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, some carrying crude weapons, ride on the back of a truck as they follow a march of others to celebrate his electoral win, on a street in Kano, northern Nigeria Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Buhari defended his sweeping win of a second term as free and fair and appealed to a
Supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, some carrying crude weapons, ride on the back of a truck as they follow a march of others to celebrate his electoral win, on a street in Kano, northern Nigeria Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Buhari defended his sweeping win of a second term as free and fair and appealed to a "common love of country" as his top challenger vowed to go to court with allegations of fraud. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Young supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his electoral win, holding up four fingers to indicate
Young supporters of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari celebrate his electoral win, holding up four fingers to indicate "four more years", in the streets of Kano, northern Nigeria Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Buhari was declared the clear winner of a second term in Africa's largest democracy after a campaign in which he urged voters to give him another chance. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, February 15, 2019. Nigerians were preparing to go to the polls for a presidential election, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Muslims make traditional Friday prayers in front of a police riot truck, providing security due to the ongoing general threat of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, at a mosque near to the Emir's palace in Kano, northern Nigeria Friday, February 15, 2019. Nigerians were preparing to go to the polls for a presidential election, one week after a surprise delay for Africa's largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Models wear creations as part of the Dior ready to wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection, that was presented in Paris, Tuesday, February 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Models wear creations as part of the Dior ready to wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection, that was presented in Paris, Tuesday, February 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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