Photos of the Month by The Game Magazine, May 2024

The Game Magazine celebrates the work of IMAGO visual storytellers who take us around the world with their images and bring stories to life. We showcase the top three photos from May 2024 in three categories: Entertainment, News, and Sports.

In addition to these top picks, we expanded our showcase to include a broader collection of images. This enhanced display underlines the significant impact that photographers and photojournalists from around the world have on our daily lives, capturing moments that define, inform, and entertain.

The Best Sports Photo

Captured by IMAGO photographer Nico Herbertz, Leverkusen’s coach, Xabi Alonso, throws the trophy into the air during a victory lap. Bayer 04 Leverkusen won the DFB-Pokal in May 2024.

IMAGO/Nico Herbertz
IMAGO / Nico Herbertz | Bayer 04 Leverkusen wins the DFB-Pokal. Coach Xabi Alonso celebrates by tossing the trophy into the air during a victory lap. May 25, 2024, at Olympiastadion Berlin, Germany.

The Best News Photo

The photo by Saher Alghorra depicts children in Rafah finding moments of joy and play despite the ongoing war around them.

Children in Rafah
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Saher Alghorra | Displaced Palestinian children play with water to escape the heat inside tents in the southern city of Rafah amid high temperatures. May 5th, 2024, Rafah, Gaza, Palestine.

The Best Entertainment Photo

At the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival, Judith Godrèche took a stand against violence towards women. The photo by Estelle Carlier shows her posing symbolically on the Red Steps, surrounded by women from various associations dedicated to preventing violence against women.

Judith Godrèche in short film 'Moi Aussi'
IMAGO / Starface / Estelle Carlier | 77th Cannes International Film Festival, May 15, 2024, Cannes, France: Judith Godrèche and the team of her short film ‘Moi Aussi’ on the steps.
 Gothic Quarter festival
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Jordi Boixareux | People dressed as devils ignite pyrotechnics next to Barcelona’s Cathedral during the Gothic Quarter’s local festival. May 3, 2024, Barcelona, Spain.

Trump trial photo
IMAGO / UPI Photo / Brendan McDermid | Former President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom during his criminal trial. May 6, 2024, Manhattan Criminal Court, New York.

March of the Living walk
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Maciek Jazwieckix | Participants in the annual March of the Living walk between the former Nazi-run death camps in Oswiecim and Brzezinka, honoring the memory of Holocaust victims. May 6, 2024, Warsaw, Poland.

Annalena Baerbock in the flood
IMAGO / photothek / Florian Gaertner | The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Lavenia McGoon, a local resident, at a briefing on coastal erosion at a cemetery flooded due to rising sea levels. May 7, 2024, Togoru, Fiji.

Limassol after a wildfire
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Kostas Pikoulas | An aerial view of a burned area in Limassol after a wildfire scorched six square kilometers of mostly wild vegetation. May 10, 2024, Limassol, Cyprus.

Journalists carry an injured colleague in the Jenin refugee camp.
IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Nasser Ishtayeh | Journalists carry an injured colleague in the Jenin refugee camp. May 21, 2024, Jenin, West Bank.

anti-government protest against Benjamin Netanyahu
IMAGO / Middle East Images / Itai Ron | Israelis gather for an anti-government protest against Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration, calling for a hostage swap deal and a ceasefire. May 25, 2024, Tel Aviv, Israel.

 Macron toasts his glass of champagne with Angela Merkel
IMAGO / Bestimage / Stephane Lemouton | French President Emmanuel Macron toasts his glass of champagne with former Chancellor Angela Merkel, the former German Chancellor, at Bellevue Castle during their three-day state visit to Germany. They are welcomed by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Mrs. Elke Budenbender for a state dinner. May 26, 2024, Germany.
Europa League final
IMAGO / Mika Volkmann | Opening ceremony featuring a flame show before the Europa League final between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Atalanta Bergamo. Dublin, Aviva Stadium, May 22, 2024.

Toni Kroos' final game at the Santiago Bernabeu
IMAGO / nogueirafoto | Real Madrid team celebrates Toni Kroos’ final game at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. May 25, 2024.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen holds the championship trophy
IMAGO / RHR-Foto | Granit Xhaka of Bayer 04 Leverkusen holds the championship trophy during the Bundesliga match against FC Augsburg on the 34th matchday of the 2023/2024 season.

Mikel Arteta Premier League football
IMAGO / Shutterstock / Javier Garcia | Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League football match against AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium in London, UK, on May 4, 2024.

4 Jours de Dunkerque
IMAGO / MAXPPP / Marc Demeure | 4 Jours de Dunkerque Stage 3. Arnaud Demare (Arkea) in fifth position. May 5th, 2024.

IMAGO / ANP | Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) during the first free practice on the circuit in the run-up to the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. May, 05, 2024.

Para Athletics World Championships
IMAGO / AFLOSPORT / Para Athletics World Championships Men’s Long Jump T63 Final at Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium in Hyogo, Japan. MAY 19, 2024.

IMAGO/Italy Photo Press
IMAGO / Italy Photo Press

IMAGO/Ricardo Larreina Amador
IMAGO / Ricardo Larreina Amador | UEFA Women’s Champions League Final 2024 – Alexia Putellas of FC Barcelona lifts the trophy as the team celebrates winning the title.

IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Brad Penner | New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin is introduced before the game. May 30, 2024.


Nemo 68th Eurovision Song Contest
IMAGO / TT / JessicaxGow | Nemo from Switzerland won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘The Code’.

 Juliette Binoche and Meryl Streep
IMAGO / ABACAPRESS / Marechal Aurore | Juliette Binoche and Meryl Streep attending the Opening Ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France on May 14, 2024.

Anya Taylor-Joy
IMAGO / ABACAPRESS / Shootpi ABACA | Anya Taylor-Joy attended the red carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2024, in Cannes, France.

Winnie Harlow and Rawdah Mohamed
IMAGO / Xinhua / Gao Jing | Winnie Harlow and Rawdah Mohamed arrive for the screening of the film The Apprentice at the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2024.

See photos of the month collections of  May 2024 selected by IMAGO photo editors:

Entertainment: Pictures of the Year 2024, May.

News: Pictures of the Year 2024, May.

Sports: Pictures of the Year 2024, May.

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