Photojournalism of the Month: March 2015

Powerful documentary images from around the world

A tired Nigerian woman sits down to rest as others queue, while they face long delays to cast their vote in the afternoon at a polling station in Daura, the home town of opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. Ben Curtis has been with the AP since 2003. He is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. See more of his work here.© AP Photo/Ben Curtis
In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, a child collects wax from a suited penitent's large candle during a Holy Week procession in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain. Daniel Ochoa de Olza has been an AP staff photographer since 2009. See more of his work here.© AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza
A Jewish boy looks at the graves of seven Jewish siblings killed in a New York house fire, ahead of their burial, in Jerusalem, Monday, March 23, 2015. The bodies of the children, ages 5 to 16, were flown to Israel overnight from New York and were immediately taken to Jerusalem in a convoy escorted by police. According to Jewish tradition, funerals take place as soon as possible after death. See more of Ariel Schalit's work here.© AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
Yaks move towards Mount Everest's base camp ferrying supplies as the three-month climbing for the world's tallest mountain begins in March, near Gorakshep, Nepal, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Nepal has cleared more than 300 mountaineers to climb Mount Everest after they had to abandon last year's efforts when an ice avalanche killed 16 guides in the mountain's deadliest disaster, an official said Friday. Tashi Sherpa is a freelancer for AP. See more work here.© AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa
Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Hundreds of people gathered in northern Kabul for the funeral of Farkhunda, who like many Afghans is known by only one name. She was killed late Thursday by a mob of mostly men who beat her, set her body on fire and then threw it into the Kabul River, according to police accounts. Police are still investigating what prompted the mob assault. Massoud Hossaini is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer based in Afghanistan. See more of his work here.© AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini
Herdsmen and others cross a tributary of Lake Chad to the village of N'Gouboua, Chad, Thursday, March 5, 2015, using the same route the Nigerian refugees used to flee Boko Haram. Boko Haram militants arrived in N'gouboua before dawn on Feb. 13, marking the first attack of its kind on Chad. By the time the scorched-earth attack ended, they had burned scores of mud-brick houses by torching them with gasoline and had killed at least eight civilians and two security officers. Some 3,400 Nigerian refugees had been living in the village at the time of the attack, and all have since been relocated further inland. Jerome Delay is AP's chief photographer in Africa. See more of his work here.© AP Photo/Jerome Delay
A rescue worker descends from a helicopter at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and ìintentionallyî rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captainís frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. Laurent Cipriani has worked as a stringer for AP since 2007. See more of his work here.© AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani
Tunisians holding candles pray at the entrance gate of the National Bardo Museum where scores of people were killed after gunmen staged an attack, Tunis, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed a museum in Tunisia's capital and killed scores of people, "shooting at anything that moved," a witness said. Michel Euler has been with the AP since 1985. See more work here.© AP Photo/Michel Euler
Firefighters spray water on a collapsed building in New York's East Village, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in New York. An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, partially destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people. John Minchillo is based in New York City, see more of his work here.© AP Photo/John Minchillo

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Frederick D. Reese, pastor at Selma's Ebenezer Baptist Church walks near Water Street during preparations for the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Selma. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a civil rights march in which protesters were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. Bill Frakes is based in Florida. See more of his work here.© AP Photo/Bill Frakes
Samuel, only his first name given, kicks a ball through the ruins of their family home as his father, Phillip, at back, picks through the debris in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015. Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale said Monday that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a "monster" that has destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew.© AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool
A rebel feeds pigs in an underground bunker at the most forward Russia-backed rebel front line base on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, March 8, 2015. More than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago that has led to a "merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure," according to the U.N. human rights office. Vadim Ghirda is an AP staffer based in Eastern Europe. See more work here.© AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Photojournalism of the Month highlights exceptional moments of documentary photography from wire photographers around the world. For more photojournalism check out our highlights from January 2015, February 2015 and The Best Photojournalism of 2014.