Photojournalism of the Month: February 2015

Powerful images from around the world

A member of Ukrainian military medical unit cries for his four comrades killed near Debaltseve during a ceremony in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Ukraine delayed a promised pullback of heavy weapons from the front line Monday in eastern Ukraine, blaming continuing attacks from separatist rebels. Evgeniy Maloletka has been covering assignments in the Ukraine for the last year. See more work here. © AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka
Riot police grab the face of an activist as they remove housing right activists who tried to stop Umberto Jimenez's eviction in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Umberto Jimenez, 46 years old, lost his foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after he could not afford to pay his debt due to his financial situation. He borrowed euro 4,000 ($4,510) after he lost his job as a security guard but six months after his debt reached euro 32,000 ($ 36,1000). Umberto and his son got evicted despite housing right activists' confrontation with police, where many of them got injured. Andres Kudacki is based in Spain. More of his work can be seen here.© AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday Feb. 16, 2015, as icicles hang from where the water from their hoses froze. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. Jacqueline Larma is a Regional Photo Editor for AP based in Philadelphia. See more of her work here. ©AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma
An Indian Muslim bride smiles, as she sits with other brides during a mass wedding organized by a social organization in Ahmadabad, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Mass weddings in India are organized by social organizations primarily to help families who cannot afford the high ceremony costs as well as the elaborate dowry that is customary in many communities. Ajit Solanki is an AP photographer based in India. See more work here. © AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Boris Nemtsov

Russian police investigate the the body of Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader at Red Square with St. Basil Cathidral in the background in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Russia's Interior Ministry says Nemtsov had been shot and killed near the Kremlin. Nemtsov was a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and his death comes just a day before a major opposition rally in Moscow. Pavel Golovkin has been a stringer for AP since 2009. See more work here. © AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
A woman cries during a vigil as she watches photos projected on a screen of three people who were killed at a condominium near UNC-Chapel Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Craig Stephen Hicks appeared in court Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder in the deaths Tuesday of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salhaand her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Chuck Liddy is a staff photographer at The News & Observer in Durham, North Carolina.© AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy
An Indian woman covers her head with a shawl and waits in a queue to cast her vote at a polling station in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Voters cast ballots in the Indian capital on Saturday in an election that is seen as a litmus test for the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party. Opinion polls ahead of the vote to choose New Delhi's 70-member assembly suggest that Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is either locked in a close contest with the upstart Common Man's Party or will come in second. Manish Swarup has been with AP since 2001. More work can be seen here. © AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Students march and light flares during the second day of student strike in Madrid, Spain Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Students across Spain are protesting changes in the system of university degrees with protests and a two-day strike. Andres Kudacki is based in Spain. More of his work can be seen here.© AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
Survivors wait to receive food donations near the site of an avalanche in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across much of Afghanistan has jumped to more than 200 people, and the number is expected to climb with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts, relief workers and U.N. officials said Friday. Rahmat Gul is based in Afghanistan. See more work here. © AP Photo/Rahmat Gul
A Hindu holy man smokes marijuana at the courtyard of the Pashupatinath temple during Shivratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Shivratri, or the night of Shiva, is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. Niranjan Shrestha is based in Nepal. See more work here. ©AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, center, falls after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Mugabe, 90, was elected chairman of the African Union and is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 21.© AP Photo
A former circus lion named "King" lays sedated as a veterinarian performs dental surgery, inside a temporary refuge for the lion on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Vets from the Animal Defenders International (ADI) are operating on lions and monkeys rescued from traveling circuses in Peru and Bolivia. According to the vets, King was removed from a circus in Nov. 2014 and is unable to chew his food properly because most of his teeth had been pulled out, or partially pulled out by his circus owners. It is illegal to use wild animals in circuses in Peru. Martin Mejia is Staff Photographer for AP based in Peru. See more work here.© AP Photo/Martin Mejia

Photojournalism of the Month highlights exceptional moments of documentary photography from around the world. Last month we saw wire photographers document the freezing temperatures and record snowfall across the northeastern United States, capture continued unrest in the Ukraine, and create an image that made the President of Zimbabwe go viral. These are our selects for Photojournalism of the Month. Want more photojournalism? Be sure to check out the highlights from January 2015, November 2014 and The Best Photojournalism of 2014.