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World Press Photo Contest 2012

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World Press Photo, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, recently announced the winners of its 2012 photojournalism contest. More than 5,000 photographers from 124 countries submitted over 100,000 pictures to the competition. Top honors this year went to Samuel Aranda for his image of a woman holding a wounded relative during protests in Yemen. The prize-winning photographs will be assembled into an exhibition that will travel to 45 countries over the next year. Below is just a sample of this year's group of winners -- please visit the World Press Photo website to see them all. (See also the winners from 2011.) [32 photos]

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First prize winner in the Spot News Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo Contest, this photo by by Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time, shows rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, on March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time)
First prize winner in the Spot News Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo Contest, this photo by by Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time, shows rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, on March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time)
This photo by Damir Sagolj for Reuters won first prize in the Daily Life Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. It shows a picture of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, decorating a building in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, on October 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Damir Sagolj, Reuters) #
Winner of the 2012 World Press Photo of the year. Photographer Samuel Aranda, working for The New York Times, captured this image of a woman holding a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, on October 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Samuel Aranda/New York Times) #
Jenny E. Ross was the first prize winner in the Nature Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, for her photograph of a male polar bear climbing precariously on the face of a cliff above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie in northern Novaya Zemlya, Russia, attempting to feed on seabird eggs. (AP Photo/Jenny E. Ross) #
Photographer Koichiro Tezuka took first prize in the Spot News, stories category for his coverage of the impact of last year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here, houses are swept by a tsunami in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. (Reuters/Kyodo/Koichiro Tezuka) #
Toshiyuki Tsunenari was awarded third prize in the General News, singles category for this photograph of a woman sitting amidst wreckage caused by the massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, on March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari) #
Photographer Koichiro Tezuka took first prize in the Spot News, stories category for his coverage of the impact of last year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here, a fire consumes a house as others are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. (Reuters/Kyodo/Koichiro Tezuka) #
First prize winner in the Nature Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, "Rhino Wars", by Brent Stirton for Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic magazine. A female rhino, left, in Natal, South Africa, that four months earlier survived a brutal dehorning by poachers who used a chainsaw to remove her horns and a large section of bone in this area of her skull, in the Tugela Private Game Reserve, on November 9 2010. (AP Photo/Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic magazine) #
Photographer Ton Koene from the Netherlands won second prize in the Portraits, stories category. This image shows a recruit at a police training center, in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on September 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Ton Koene) #
Li Yang captured this image, winning third prize in the Spot News, singles category. In the photo, a 22-year-old woman in a wedding gown is grabbed by Guo Zhongfan, a local community officer, as she attempts to kill herself by jumping out of a seven-story residential building in Changchun, Jilin province, on May 17, 2011. According to local media, the woman tried to commit suicide after her boyfriend of four years broke up with her, just as they were making plans to get married. The woman did not sustain any injuries during the incident. (Reuters/China Daily/Li Yang) #
The winner of the second prize Sports Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest by Adam Pretty of Australia, for Getty Images shows divers practicing during the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, on July 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Adam Pretty, Getty Images) #
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on his bed while being taken to the courtroom for another session of his trial in Cairo, Egypt, on September 7, 2011. This image won the 3rd place prize in People in the News, Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/Mohammed al-Law) #
Niclas Hammerstrom of Sweden won second prize in the Spot News, Stories category for his photographs of Utoya, Norway, in July of 2011. Anders Behring Breivik had just killed 69 people on on the small island of Utoya outside Oslo in Norway. (AP Photo/Niclas Hammerstrom/ Aftonbladet) #
Canadian Forces soldier, Cpl. Ben Vandandaigue, plays on a drum kit on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar overlooking the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2011. The image won the 1st place prize in the Arts and Entertainment Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) #
Winner of first prize in the Contemporary Issues, Singles category, this photograph shows Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, in between clients in a room she rents in Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine. Maria injects drugs on a daily basis and sees many men every week but claims she remains HIV negative. She says she need the money to support herself, her drug habit and her nine-year-old daughter. (AP Photo/Brent Stirton, Reportage by Getty Images for Kiev Independent) #
Action from a rugby match between Old Belvedere and Blackrock, in Dublin, Ireland, on February 5, 2011. This photo won second prize in the Sports Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/Ray McManus, Sportsfile) #
Photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba took first prize in the People in the News, Stories category, showing the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, in April of 2011. Here, Chieko Matsukawa shows her daughter's graduation certificate as she finds it in the debris in Higashimatsushima city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba, AFP) #
Photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba took first prize in the People in the News, Stories category, showing the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, in April of 2011. Here, residents take an outdoor bath amongst tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #
One of a series of photos by Paolo Pellegrin, for Magnum Photos for Zeit Magazin, showing the tsunami aftermath, in Japan, April 14, 2011. The series took second prize in the General News, Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2012. (AP Photo/Paolo Pellegrin, Magnum Photos for Zeit Magazin) #
Winner of second prize in the People in the News, stories category this photo is one of a series by photographer John Moore showing families in the United States as they were evicted from their homes after falling behind in payments. Here, Weld County sheriff's deputy Mary Schwartz collects a toddler before removing the bassinet during a home foreclosure eviction on October 5, 2011 in Milliken, Colorado. The owner, Brandie Barbiere, said she had stopped making mortgage payments 11 months before, after she lost more than half her home child care business due to the continued weak economy. The Barbiere family possessions were removed to the front yard by an eviction team and the door locks changed. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini won second prize in the Spot News Singles category, for this image of Tarana, age 12, as she stands screaming, surrounded by the bodies of men, women and children who were just killed by a suicide bomber who detonated a bomb during a religious ceremony in Kabul on December 6, 2011. "When I could stand up, I saw that everybody was around me on the ground, really bloody. I was really, really scared," said the girl, whose name means "melody" in English. Out of 17 women and children from her family who went to a riverside shrine in Kabul that day to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, seven died including her seven-year-old brother Shoaib. More than 70 people lost their lives in all, and at least nine other members of Tarana's family were wounded. The blast has prompted fears that Afghanistan could see the sort of sectarian violence that has pitched Shiite against Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Pakistan. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images) #
Alex Majoli, Magnum Photos for Newsweek, won first prize in the General News, Singles category for this photo showing protesters cry, chant and scream in Cairo's Tahrir Square, after listening to the speech in which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he would not give up power in Cairo, Egypt, on February 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Majoli, Magnum Photos for Newsweek) #
(1 of 4) Footprints are left in the dried mud of a street of the Odaka area of Minamisoma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors, on April 7, 2011. The photo was one in a series which won the 3rd place prize in the General News, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder for National Geographic Magazine) #
(2 of 4) Parts of the heavily-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, viewed through a bus window in Okuma, Japan, on November 12, 2011. The photo was one in a series which won the 3rd place prize in the General News, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder for National Geographic Magazine) #
(3 of 4) Leo Hoshi, a Japanese animal rights activist, walks along the Fukushima coast just half a kilometer (550 yards) away from the power plant over the hill ahead of him, on June 5, 2011. Despite stiff penalties for illegally entering the zone, some animal rescuers defied restrictions as they sought to aid pets and farm animals that had been left behind. The photo was one in a series which won the 3rd place prize in the General News, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder for National Geographic Magazine) #
(4 of 4) The carcass of a cow decomposes next to a barn at a farm in Naraha, Japan, on July 9, 2011. Farmers across the area had to hastily leave their homes and were unable to evacuate livestock, or return to the irradiated zone to care for them. The photo was one in a series which won the 3rd place prize in the General News, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder for National Geographic Magazine) #
Second prize winner in the People in the News, Singles category, this photo by Tomasz Lazar shows the arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York City, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality, on October 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Tomasz Lazar) #
The corpses of a woman and a girl lie on the floor after being shot by gunmen in Acapulco, Mexico on March 15, 2011. A woman and her two granddaughters, of six and two years-old respectively, were killed in an assault. About 34,200 people have been killed in Mexico since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon ordered a military crackdown on drug cartels. This photo was part of a series that won third prize in the Contemporary Issues, stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images) #
Photographer Rob Hornstra won first prize in the Arts and Entertainment, Stories category for his series called the Sochi Project. Here Sochi Singer Marika Bajur sings "Kuriu" in the restaurant Eurasia. (AP Photo/Rob Hornstra) #
A model poses in front of tailor stalls in the center of Dakar, Senegal, on July 9, 2011, in this photo by Vincent Boisot, winner of second prize in the Arts and Entertainment, Singles category. The model wears the creation of a designer, Yolande Mancini, participating in the 9th edition of Dakar Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Vincent Boisot/Riva press for Le Figaro Magazine) #
First prize winner in the Daily Life, Stories category of the 2012 World Press Photo contest, this image by Alejandro Kirchuk, is part of a series titled "Never Let You Go". Here, Marcos leads Monica from their room to the living room in Buenos Aires. Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Alejandro Kirchuk) #
Winner of first prize in the Portraits, Singles category. Photographer Laerke Posselt, of Denmark, took this portrait of Iranian-born Danish actress Mellica Mehraban in Copenhagen, on May 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Laerke Posselt) #

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