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Video: World Press Photo of the Year award winners

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From penguins swimming underwater to the dark underbelly of the Syrian conflict, work by some of the world’s best photographers has been honoured in the World Press Photo of the Year awards.

Watch the video of the winning photographs above, and read the stories behind each of the photographs below.

The stories behind the pictures

Paul Hansen of Sweden, a photographer working for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, wins the World Press Photo of the Year 2013 with a picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City taken on November 20, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 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.”

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

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

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 October 10, 2012

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

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 February 12, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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 February 15, 2011

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 February 6, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013

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 October 17, 2012

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 November 16, 2012

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 November 18, 2011

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 February 21, 2012

 

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