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World Press Photo exhibit captures human drama behind news

03_Fabio Bucciarelli

Courtesy Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy, Agence France-Presse/ World Press Photo.
A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up position in a rebel stronghold in Aleppo during clashes with the government. This photo won second prize in the spot news category.

If you happen to be in Montreal this month,  you can do a whirlwind tour of the some of biggest news and sports events in the world by looking at some jaw-droppingly amazing photographs that capture the human drama around us.

The World Press Photo exhibit features 150 of some of the best pictures taken in 2012, selected from among 100,000 images, taken in 125 countries. 

You can see a sampling online and in addition to the photo above, here are two more examples of some of the most gripping images:

04_Rodrigo Abd

A women cries during a Syrian military bombardment of her home, in the northern city of Idlib. Her husband and two children were killed in the attack. This photo won first prize in the "General News Single" category. Photo courtesy Rodrigo Abd, Argentina, The Associated Press /World Press Photo


06_Wei Seng Chen

A competitor and his charges reach the finish of a bull race in West Sumatra. Competitors yoke themselves barefoot to two bulls using a wooden harness, and drive the animals by gripping their tails. This picture took first prize in the Sports category. Photo courtesy Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia/World Press Photo


Julian Sher is a foreign affairs and investigative reporter for the Star and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @juliansher 



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