19 of the most powerful images from the World Press Photography Awards

Cry, laugh or simply allow yourself to be awestruck by the world's finest photos
19 of the most powerful images from the World Press Photography Awards

The internationally-acclaimed photography exhibition makes Singapore its final port of call. 

From 8th to 30th March, some of the most striking photographs ever to be seen in print will be on exhibition at the iconic Raffles Hotel after making a whirlwind tour of 45 countries. Open from 8am to 10pm everyday, gawking at the photos is free of charge.

Still not sure if you should make your way across the Causeway for this? Scroll down and preview the stories behind these powerful images on display.

Proceed with caution though, some images might make you feel uncomfortable.

Images: World Press Photography Organisation

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Alessio Romenzi, Italy

Alessio Romenzi, Italy

Agency / Publication: Corbis for Time magazine

Story behind this photo: 14 April 2012, Syria-Turkey border: Displaced people attempt to cross the border from Syria into Turkey.

Award: 1st Prize General News Stories

Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy

Fabio Bucciarelli, Italy

Agency / PublicationAgence France-Presse

Story behind this photo: 10 October 2012, Aleppo, Syria: A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up position in the Sulemain Halabi district, a rebel stronghold, during clashes with government forces.

Award: 2nd Prize Spot News Stories

Rodrigo Abd, Argentina

Rodrigo Abd, Argentina

Agency / Publication: The Associated Press

Story behind this photo: 10 March 2012, Idlib, Syria: Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries sustained during a Syrian military bombardment of her home, in the northern city of Idlib. Her husband and two children were killed in the attack.

Award: 1st Prize General News Single

Daniel Berehulak, Australia

Daniel Berehulak, Australia

Agency / Publication: Getty Images

Story behind this photo: 07 March 2012, Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan: Uprooted pine trees still lie strewn over a beach in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Rikuzentakata was almost completely destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, and lost up to 40 percent of its population of over 23,000.

Award: 3rd Prize General News Stories