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In pictures: World Press chooses its 2012 photos of the year

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Paul Hansen of Sweden, a photographer working for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, won the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 with this picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City taken on Nov. 20, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013. Jury member Mayu Mohanna said about the photo: "The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It's a picture I will not forget." The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2013, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced Feb. 15, 2013.

Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter via Reuters

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Emin Ozmen of Turkey has won the second prize in the Spot News Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Syrian opposition fighters interrogating and torturing an informant in Aleppo taken on July 31, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Emin Ozmen/via Reuters

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Fabio Bucciarelli of Italy, a photographer working for the Agence France-Presse, has won the second prize in the Spot News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Battle to death". The picture shows a Free Syrian Army fighter taking up a position during clashes against government forces in the Sulemain Halabi district. in Aleppo, taken on Oct. 10, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP via Reuters

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Rodrigo Abd of Argentina, a photographer working for the Associated Press, has won the first prize in the General News Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Aida, crying while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army in Idib, taken on March 10, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Rodrigo Abd/AP via Reuters

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Daniel Berehulak of Australia, a photographer working for Getty Images, has won the third prize in the General News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Japan after the wave". The picture shows pine trees uprooted during the tsunami laying strewn over the beach in Rikuzentakata, taken on March 7, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty via Reuters

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Chen Wei Seng of Malaysia has won the first prize in the Sports Action Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of a jockey showing relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields during the Pacu Jawi bull race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, taken on Feb.12, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Chen Wei Seng/via Reuters

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Sergei Ilnitsky of Russia, a photographer working for the European Pressphoto Agency, has won the second prize in the Sports Action Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "The Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics". The picture shows Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt (top) in action against Peter Joppich of Germany during their Men's Foil Individual Round 16 at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, taken on July 31, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA via Reuters

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Jan Grarup of Denmark, a photographer working for Laif Agency, has won the first prize in the Sports Features Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Women's Basketball, Mogadishu, Somalia". The picture shows an armed guard, paid by the Somali basketball association, watching over and protecting a women's basketball team as they play in Mogadishu, taken on Feb. 21, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Jan Grarup/Laif Agency via Reuters

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Micah Albert of the U.S., a photographer working for Redux Images, has won the first prize in the Contemporary Issues Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of a woman pausing in the rain as she works as a trash picker at a 30-acre dump in Nairobi, taken on April 3, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Micah Albert/Redux Images via Reuters

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Maika Elan of Vietnam, a photographer working for Management of StoryTellers MoST, has won the first prize in the Contemporary Issues Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "The Pink Choice, Vietnam". The picture shows Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watching television to relax after studying at school in Da Nang, taken on June 22, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Maika Elan/MoST via Reuters

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Soren Bidstrup of Denmark, a photographer working for Berlingske, has won the second prize in the Daily Life Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of a summer holiday camping trip in Jeselo, taken on July 8, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Soren Bidstrup/Berlingske via Reuters

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Fausto Podavini of Italy has won the first prize in the Daily Life Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Mirella". The picture shows Mirella taking care of her husband Luigi, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, in Rome, taken on June 1, 2010 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Fausto Podavini/via Reuters

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Ilona Szwarc of Poland, a photographer working for Redux Images, has won the third prize in the People - Observed Portraits Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Kayla posing with her lookalike doll in front of a portrait of her ancestors in Boston, Massachusetts, taken on February 19, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Ilona Szwarc/Redux via Reuters

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Ananda van der Pluijm of Netherlands has won the third prize in the People - Observed Portraits Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Martin". After living with his father for ten years and staying in a youth shelter, Martin, 18, returned home two years ago to live with his mother. He arrived with some clothes in a bag and no work or degree. Picture taken in Tilburg on Feb. 15, 2011 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Ananda van der Pluijm/via Reuters

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Stefen Chow of Malaysia, a photographer working for Smithsonian magazine, has won the second prize in the People - Staged Portraits Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Ai Weiwei in Beijing taken on Feb. 6, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Stefen Chow/Smithsonian magazine via Reuters

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Stephan Vanfleteren of Belgium, a Panos photographer working for Mercy Ships/De Standaard, has won the first prize in the People - Staged Portraits Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "People of Mercy, Guinea". The picture shows Makone Soumaoro, 30, who has a goiter, in Conakry, taken on Oct. 17, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Stephan Vanfleteren/Panos via Reuters

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Christian Ziegler of Germany has won the first prize in the Nature Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of an endangered Southern Cassowary feeding on the fruit of the Blue Quandang tree in Black Mountain Road, taken on Nov. 16, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Christian Ziegler/via Reuters

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Paul Nicklen of Canada, a photographer working for the National Geographic magazine, has won the first prize in the Nature Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Emperor Penguins". The picture shows a group of Emperor Penguins swimming in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, taken on Nov. 18, 2011 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation Feb. 15, 2013.

Paul Nicklen/National Geographic via Reuters

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