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

Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia

Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia

Agency / Publication: None

Story behind this photo: 12 February 2012, West Sumatra, Indonesia: A competitor and his charges reach the finish of a bull race, in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra.

Award: 1st Prize Sports – Sports Action Single

Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia

Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia

Agency / Publication: European Pressphoto Agency

Story behind this photo: 31 July 2012, London, UK: Fencing at the London 2012 Olympics.

Award: 2nd Prize Sports – Sports Action Stories

Roman Vondrous, Czech Republic

Roman Vondrous, Czech Republic

Agency / Publication: Czech Press Agency

Story behind this photo: 22 July 2012, Kolesa, Czech Republic: The Velká Pardubická was first held in 1874, and has gained a reputation as one of the toughest and most grueling steeplechases in the world. Held each October in the town of Pardubice in the Czech Republic, the race has been run almost every year since its founding.

Award: 1st Prize Sports – Sports Action Stories

Micah Albert, USA

Micah Albert, USA

Agency / Publication: Redux Images for Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Story behind this photo: 03 April 2012, Nairobi, Kenya: A woman sits on bags of waste she has salvaged, at the Dandora municipal dump, outside Nairobi, Kenya. She said that she enjoys looking at books, even industrial catalogues, as a break from picking up garbage.

Award: 1st Prize Contemporary Issues Single

Emilio Morenatti, Spain

Emilio Morenatti, Spain

Agency / Publication: The Associated Press

Story behind this photo: 29 March 2012, Barcelona, Spain: Mireia Arnau (39) reacts behind the broken glass of her shop, stormed by demonstrators clashing with police in Barcelona, during a general strike on 29 March.

Award: 3rd Prize C Contemporary Issues Single

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