Photojournalism of the Month: May 2014

A woman cries inside the burnt trade union building, in Odessa, Ukraine on Sunday May 4, 2014. More than 40 people were killed over the course of two days of rioting in Ukraine; most of the deaths were a result of the fire. Vadim Ghirda is an AP staffer based in Eastern Europe. See more of his work here and here.AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Pope Francis
Pope Francis prays at Israel's separation barrier on his way to a mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Francis called the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate "unacceptable" as he landed Sunday in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state. Ariel Schalit is an AP staffer based in Israel. See more work here.AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, flies in the sky at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Dmitry Lovetsky is an Eastern-Russian based Associated Press staff photographer covering general news in the region. You can see more of his work here.AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
Iranian men enjoy a hot mineral pool, in the northwestern town of Sarein, Iran. Spring-fed mineral baths on the slopes of Iran's Sabalan mountain draw patients seeking traditional hydrotherapy and tourists seeking a relaxing getaway. Ebrahim Noroozi is an independent photographer stringing for the Associated Press in Iran.AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
A woman looks out of a window to where sheep are being slaughtered in preparation for the feast of Saint George's Day in the village of Babaj Bokes in western Kosovo. Visar Kryeziu is an AP staffer based in Kosovo.AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu
A plane drops fire retardant over a hot spot on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, California. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave, taxing fire crews who fear the scattered fires mark only the beginning of a long wildfire season.AP Photo
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gets a pit service during the Spain Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Emilio Morenatti is an AP staffer and one of the most resilient photojournalists out there. In 2010, he was badly injured by a roadside bomb. He ultimately lost his left foot due to the injuries, but is now back in action making great work. See more of his work here.AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti
A couple talks outside a local night club located near illegal gold mining camps in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Illegal mining accounts for about 20 percent of Peru's gold exports and most miners are poor migrants from the Andean highlands. Rodrigo Abd is a staff photographer for the Associated Press and has been with the agency since 2003. See more of his work here.AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
A man pins pictures of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on a poster showing presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 4, 2014. El-Sisi, who was commander-in-chief of Egypt’s military when Mohamed Morsi was removed from office in 2013, went on to win the election and is now serving as Egypt’s sixth president. Amr Nabil is an Associated Press staffer based in Egypt.AP Photo/Amr Nabil
Residents carry portraits of their ancestors, who fought in WWII, as they celebrate Victory Day in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, May 9, 2014. About 30,000 people walked in central streets in a march named 'Immortal regiment' while carrying portraits. Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany, is Russia's most important secular holiday, celebrated on May 9. Dmitry Lovetsky is an Eastern-Russian-based Associated Press staff photographer covering general news in the region. You can see more of his work here.AP Photo / Dmitry Lovetsky
Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez, center, who says his son Christopher Martinez was killed in Friday night's mass shooting that took place in Isla Vista, Calif., is comforted by his brother, Alan, as he talks to media outside the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Headquarters. Jae C. Hong is an Associated Press staffer based in Los Angeles, California. He started with the AP in 2005 as an intern and was later hired as a full-time photographer. See more of his images here and follow his shooting adventures on Twitter here.AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
Palestinian fishermen check their fishing net for a catch on the beaches of the port of Gaza City. Israel permits Gaza fishermen to head six nautical miles out to sea. Hatem Moussa is an AP staffer based in Palestine.AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

Our Photojournalism of the Month gallery highlights moments of exceptional documentary photography, curated from the daily output of wire photographers from around the world. Want more photojournalism? Check out our round-ups from January, February, March and April as well as The Best Photojournalism of 2013.