Reuters 2016 Photojournalist of the Year

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Each year the Thomas Reuters Foundation awards one photographer Photojournalist of the Year. While the entire Reuters photography staff contains some of the most talented photographers, one man's imagery from 2016 stood out from the rest: Damir Sagolj. Sagolj spent the past year documenting the on-going drug war in the Philippines and North Korea's congress.

His coverage of the current crisis is the Philippines reveals the heart-breaking effect on those who have lost loved ones throughout Duterte's war on drugs as well as the terror that plagues the streets riddled with gunfire.

In North Korea, he captures the excitement and protests in response to North Korea's first congress in 36 years. The congress is the highest form of authority one can have in the Workers' Party of Korea -- also known as WPK -- so by inevitably electing Kim Jong Un as the head of congress his already dominating power will reach even further.

Amid these two critical stories, Sagolj has managed to balance his tear-jerking photographs with beautiful glimpses into the lives of others as well as his incredible use of light.

Congratulations Damir Sagolj, your talent and commitment to educating the world is greatly appreciated.

WARNING: The gallery below includes images that may be disturbing to some

See some of Sagolj's best photographs below:

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A subway worker walks away after a train departed the station in central Pyongyang, North Korea May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
Heavy rain pours as the body of a man killed by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles is left in a narrow alley in Manila, Philippines early October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
Armed security forces take a part in a drug raid, in Manila, Philippines, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
Kasandra Kate (C), 12, cries next to the coffin of her father Verigilio Mirano during his funeral at Navotas Public Cemetery in Manila, Philippines October 14, 2016. According to a family member, Mirano, who was using drugs but stopped after Rodrigo Duterte became the president, was killed by masked gunmen at his home on September 27th. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Cameramen take position atop one of buildings in the capital's main ceremonial square during a mass rally and parade, a day after the ruling party wrapped up its first congress in 36 years by elevating him to party chairman, in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
Fireworks explode over participants in a mass dance in the capital's main ceremonial square, a day after the ruling Workers' Party of Korea party wrapped up its first congress in 36 years, in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Participants carry torches during a torchlight procession in the capital's main ceremonial square, a day after the ruling Workers' Party of Korea party wrapped up its first congress in 36 years, in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
People look inside and take a pictures of a room in which five people were killed in Manila, Philippines early November 1, 2016. According to police and witnesses, unknown masked gunmen killed five people inside a house that is a known drug den. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A girl and a woman sit inside the car as firecrackers and fireworks explode celebrating the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year of Monkey in Beijing just before midnight February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 

A gun is placed inside a plastic bag as police investigate around the bodies of two men killed in Manila, Philippines early October 29, 2016. According to the police, the guns and sachet containing what is believed to be the drug shabu (Metamphetamine Hydrochloride) were found with the two men who were shot dead after trying to speed away from a police checkpoint.

 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A funeral parlour worker dresses Florjohn Cruz after his autopsy at Eusebio Funeral Service in Manila, Philippines October 28, 2016. Picture taken October 28, 2016. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A migrant worker shows a banner inside a building that is under construction as a part of the Zixia Garden development complex in Qianan, Tangshan City, Hebei province, China January 28, 2016. The banner, which workers claim authorities told them not to use in their protests any more, reads "Pay back the money that you owe".

 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 

A funeral parlour worker, whose hands are bloodied from carrying bodies of killed people, rests against the wall of a house in Manila, Philippines early November 1, 2016. According to police and witnesses, unknown masked gunmen killed five people inside a house that is a known drug den. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
People look from inside a store as police investigate near the body of a man killed by unknown gunmen in Manila, Philippines early October 18, 2016. A sign on a cardboard reading "Pusher Ako, Wag Tularan", which translates to "I am a (drug) pusher, don't be like me" was found near the body. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A vendor waits for customers at the shop inside the international airport in Pyongyang, North Korea May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The mother and other relatives of Florjohn Cruz, who was killed in a police drugs buy-bust operation, mourn by his coffin during his funeral in Manila, Philippines October 30, 2016. Picture taken October 30, 2016.

 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Girls play guitars at the Mangyongdae Children's Palace in central Pyongyang, North Korea May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
Performers wearing traditional clothes take pictures of themselves as they wait for delegations to arrive for traditional nomadic Naadam festival performance during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit just outside Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
Girls play in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
A performer holds an umbrella as she and others wait for their turn to go onto the stage at the Longtan park as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Monkey, is celebrated in Beijing, China February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A cross hangs from the neck of an onlooker at the scene where a man was killed by unknown gunmen in Manila, Philippines early October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Kasandra Kate, 12, cries over the open coffin of her father Verigilio Mirano during his funeral at Navotas Public Cemetery in Manila, Philippines October 14, 2016. According to a family member, Mirano, who was using drugs but stopped after Rodrigo Duterte became the president, was killed by masked gunmen at his home on September 27th. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A woman covered in blood holds her head after her husband was shot dead by unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles in Manila, Philippines late October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A woman working at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill fixes a machine during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 
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