The 2013 World Press Photo of the Year by Paul Hansen shows 2-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her 3-year-old brother, Muhammad, who were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother injured and placed in intensive care. FouadÕs brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher in Gaza City on Nov. 20, 2012.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Hansen / World Press PhotoLink
A jockey during the Pacu Jawi Bull Race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia on Feb. 12, 2012. This photograph by Wei Seng Chen of Malaysia won first prize singles in the Sports Action category of the 56th World Press Photo Contest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wei Seng Chen / World Press PhotoLink
Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen's 'Emperor Penguins, Ross Sea' that won first prize stories in the Nature category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL NICKLEN / National GeographisLink
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position during clashes against government forces in the Sulemain Halabi district on Nov. 20, 2012. This photograph from the series ÒBattle to DeathÓ by Italian photographer Fabio Bucciarelli won second prize stories in the Spot News category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fabio Bucciarelli / AFPLink
A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Nov. 18, 2012. This photo is from a series of images by Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangue that won first prize stories in the Spot News category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernat Armangue / Associated PressLink
A woman who works as a trash picker at a 30-acre dump, which literally spills into the households of 1 million people living in nearby slums, reads a book she came across on April 3, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya. The photo by U.S. photographer Micah Albert won the first prize single in the Contemporary Issues category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICAH ALBERT / Redux ImagesLink
Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla adjusts his montera or bullfighter hat, before a bullfight at the southwestern Spanish town of Olivenza on March 4, 2012. This photo is one in a series of images by Associated Press photographer Daniel Ochoa de Olza that won second place stories for the Observed Portrait category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated PressLink
Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man who was killed earlier as a suspected collaborator with Israel in Gaza City on Nov. 20, 2012. This photo by Associated Press photographer Adel Hana won third place prize singles in the Spot News category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adel Hana / Associated PressLink
Natalia Gonzales, a 15-year-old crack user, poses for a portrait in an area known as "Crackland" in the Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 7, 2012. This photo by Associated Press photographer Felipe Dana received an honorable mention stories in the Contemporary Issues category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
Indian children roll mats to take seats as a class ends at a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi on Nov. 7, 2012. This photo was one in a series of images by Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri that received an honorable mention stories in the Contemporary Issues category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated PressLink
Mireia Arnau reacts behind the broken glass of her shop stormed by demonstrators during clashes with the police at the general strike in Barcelona on March 29, 2012. This photo by Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti won third prize singles in the Contemporary Issues category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emilio Morenatti / Associated PressLink
Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren's photograph of Makone Soumaoro, who has a goiter, won first prize stories in the People - Staged Portraits category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHAN VANFLETEREN / PanosLink
An endangered southern cassowary feeds on the fruit of the blue quandang tree in Black Mountain Road, Australia, on Nov. 16, 2012. The photograph by Christian Ziegler of Germany won first prize single in the Nature category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER / NATIONAL GEO / World Press PhotoLink
The Somali basketball association pays armed guards to watch over and protect a female team when they play in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Feb. 21, 2012. The photograph by Jan Grarup of Denmark from the series ÒI Just Want to Dunk.Ó won first prize stories in the Sports Features category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAN GRARUP / World Press PhotoLink
Mirella takes care of her husband, Luigi, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, in Rome on June 1, 2012. The photo by Fausto Podavini of Italy, from the series ÒMirella,Ó won first prize stories in the Daily Life category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAUSTO PODAVINI / World Press PhotoLink
Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watch television to relax after studying at school. Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships. But its Communist government is considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so despite past human rights issues and a longstanding stigma. This photograph from the series ÒThe Pink ChoiceÓ by Maika Elan of Vietnam won first prize stories in the Contemporary Issues category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maika Elan / Moss / MossLink
Syrian opposition fighters regularly launched operations to seize government informants after dark in Aleppo. Two informants were captured, declared guilty under interrogation and tortured throughout the night; tired soldiers had to be replaced so the torture could continue. After 48 hours, the captives were released. The photograph by Emin Oezmen, of Turkey, won second prize single in the Spot News category.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emin Oezmen / World Press PhotoLink
Nikolay Kovalev of Russia reacts after his victory over Rares Dumitrescu of Romania (unseen) following their men's sabre individual fencing bronze medal match at the London 2012 Olympics on July 29, 2012. This photograph by Russian photographer Sergei Ilnitsky of the European Pressphoto Agency won second prize stories in the Sports category for "The Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Ilnitsky / World Press PhotoLink
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2013 World Press Photo
A photograph by Paul Hansen of Sweden has been selected as the photo of the year in the 56th annual World Press Photo Contest. Prizes were also announced for 54 photographers from 32 nations in nine themed categories at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam.
Here are a selection of the winning images. See them all at World Press Photo. Also check out the World Press Photo 2013 Multimedia Contest results of which we have two winning entries (Dying for relief: Bitter pills and Living with a secret).
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