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World Press Photo 2013 contest winners

The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2013, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced today Feb. 15. A selection of 10 winning images:



Photo of the Year - A group of men carry the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City taken on November 20, 2012. Jury member Mayu Mohanna said about the photo: "The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It's a picture I will not forget." (Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter)



Second prize, Contemporary Issues singles - The bodies of Lesbia Altamirano and Wilmer Orbera lie on the floor of a pool hall after being attacked by unidentified masked assailants in Choloma on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Second prize, People - Staged Portraits Single - Ai Weiwei in Beijing, taken on February 6, 2012. (Stefen Chow/Smithsonian magazine)



First prize, General News Single - Aida cries while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army in Idib, taken on March 10, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)



First prize, Contemporary Issues Single - A woman pauses in the rain as she works as a trash picker at a 30-acre dump in Nairobi,  taken on April 3, 2012. (Micah Albert/Redux Images)



First prize, People - Staged Portraits series - From the series "People of Mercy, Guinea". The picture shows Makone Soumaoro, 30,  who has a goiter, in Conakry, taken on October 17, 2012. (Stephan Vanfleteren/Panos)



Second prize, Observed Portrait series - 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. Juan Jose Padilla, a 38-year old matador who is also known by his professional name "the Cyclone of Jerez," lost sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after a terrifying goring. He returned to the bullring five months after his injury. This photo was one in a series of images. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)



First prize, Spot News series - A Palestinian woman is helped after being injured during an Israeli forces strike on a soccer field next to her house in Gaza City, on Nov. 19, 2012. This photo was one in a series of images. (Bernat Armangue/AP Photo)



First prize, Sports Features Stories series - From the series "Women's Basketball, Mogadishu, Somalia". The picture shows an armed guard, paid by the Somali basketball association, watching over and protecting a women's basketball team as they play in Mogadishu, taken on February 21, 2012. (Jan Grarup/Laif)



First prize, Contemporary Issues Stories - From the series "The Pink Choice, Vietnam". The picture shows Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watching television to relax after studying at school in Da Nang, taken on June 22, 2012. (Maika Elan/Management of StoryTellers MoST)


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Very powerful pictures; thanks for sharing.

Astonishing. This is Planet Earth.

Astonishing moments captured forever on film, these images provoke, enrage, and celebrate the fact we can document the prevailing inhumanity sweeping the known universe far more quickly than we can truly comprehend. Graphic? Yes. Gratuitous? No.

Thank you for keeping these heartbreakingly stunning documents front-and-centred, memorial and testament, exposed in all senses of that adjective.

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