Ten thought-provoking World Press Photo 2018 entries

From the far right in America to the Marathon des Sables, the World Press Photo competition can be relied upon to attract entries which may its viewers think.

Lorri Cottrill, 45, smokes a e-cigarette in her home in Charleston, West Virginia. She is the leader of the biggest neo-nazi and right wing organization in the US, National Socialist Movement, Virginia. Photographer: Espen Rasmussen/Panos Pictures

The winners of the 61st World Press Photo of the Year and first, second and third prizes will be announced on the evening of Thursday 12 April at the World Press Photo Awards Show in Amsterdam.

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Warning: some readers may find some of these pictures upsetting.