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

Stefen Chow, Malaysia

Stefen Chow, Malaysia

Agency / Publication: Smithsonian magazine

Story behind this photo: 06 February 2012, Beijing, China: Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei is active across a number of media, including sculpture, installation, architecture, photography and film. He is highly vocal in his criticism of the Chinese government’s record on democracy and human rights, and in his investigations of corruption and cover-up.

Award: 2nd Prize Prize People – Staged Portraits Single

Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium

Stephan Vanfleteren, Belgium

Agency / Publication: Panos for Mercy Ships/De Standaard

Story behind this photo: 17 October 2012, Conakry, Guinea: Makone Soumaoro (30) “My neck doesn’t hurt, but I worry that it swells so much. I hope it is not a tumor, because I’m a housewife and my husband and children need me.” People receiving treatment on Africa Mercy, a hospital ship docked at Conakry, Guinea.

Award: 1st Prize People – Staged Portraits Stories

Christian Ziegler, Germany

Christian Ziegler, Germany

Agency / Publication: None

Story behind this photo: 16 November 2012, Black Mountain Road, Queensland, Australia: A southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) feeds on the fruit of the blue quandong tree.

Award: 1st Prize Nature Single

Paul Nicklen, Canada

Paul Nicklen, Canada

Agency / Publication: National Geographic magazine

Story behind this photo: 18 November 2011, Ross Sea, Antarctica: Swimming emperor penguins shoot to the water’s surface. The cloud of bubbles they create may help confuse predators.

Award: 1st Prize Nature Stories

Paul Hansen, Sweden

Paul Hansen, Sweden

Agency / Publication: Dagens Nyheter

Story behind this photo: 20 November 2012, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories: The bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, are carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City.

Award: World Press Photo of the Year 2012

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