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

Maika Elan, Vietnam

Maika Elan, Vietnam

Agency / Publication: MoST Artists

Story behind this photo: 22 June 2012, Hoh Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Phan Thi Thuy Vy (20, left) and Dang Thi Bich Bay (20), both students, relax at the end of the day watching television. They have been together for a year.

Award: 1st Prize Contemporary Issues Stories

Søren Bidstrup, Denmark

Søren Bidstrup, Denmark

Agency / Publication: Berlingske

Story behind this photo: 08 July 2012, Jeselo, Italy: The photographer’s family, early one morning on summer holiday in northern Italy.

Award: 2nd Prize Daily Life Single

Fausto Podavini, Italy

Fausto Podavini, Italy

Agency / Publication: None

Story behind this photo: 01 June 2010, Rome, Italy: Mirella was married to her husband Luigi for over 40 years. At the age of 65, Luigi began to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. For six years, Mirella cared for Luigi herself, at home in Rome.

Award: 1st Prize Daily Life Stories

Ilona Szwarc, Poland

Ilona Szwarc, Poland

Agency / Publication: Redux Pictures

Story behind this photo: 19 February 2012, Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Kayla stands with her American Girl doll, in front of a portrait of her ancestors at home in Boston.

Award: 3rd Prize People – Observed Portraits Single

Nemanja Pančić, Serbia

Nemanja Pančić, Serbia

Agency / Publication: Kurir

Story behind this photo: 27 February 2012, Belgrade, Serbia: Milan (4) leaves the hospital on 27 February, three months after surviving a family suicide attempt in which both his father and mother died. All three jumped from a sixth-floor balcony, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Award: 1st Prize People – Observed Portraits Singles

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