2013 World Press Photo Contest Winners

2013 World Press Photo Contest Winners
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Gaza City, Palestinian Territories. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher. 

 

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Opposition fighters regularly launched operations to seize government informants after dark. Two informants were captured, declared guilty under interrogation, and tortured throughout the night; tired soldiers had to be replaced so the torture could continue. After 48 hours, the captives were released. 

 

 

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Aleppo, Syria. A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position during clashes against government forces in the Sulemain Halabi district.

 

 

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Idib, Syria. Aida cries while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army. Her husband and two children were fatally wounded during the shelling.

 

 

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Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. A jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields. The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages.

 

 

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Basketball, Mogadishu, Somalia.

 

 

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Fencing at the Olympics, July 31, 2012, London, UK. Alaeddin Abdulkassem of Egypt in action against Peter Joppich of Germany during their Men's Foil Individual Round 16 match. Years of training, thousands of battles, and hundreds of victories prepared fencing competitors for the opportunity to stand on the piste at the 2012 London Olympic Games to fight for gold.

 

 

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Redux Images - April 3, 2012, Nairobi, Kenya. Pausing in the rain, a woman working as a trash picker at the 30-acre dump, which literally spills into households of one million people living in nearby slums, wishes she had more time to look at the books she comes across. She even likes the industrial parts catalogs. “It gives me something else to do in the day besides picking [trash],” she said.

 

 

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June 1, 2012, Rome, Italy. Despite her husband's life-threatening disease, Mirella devoted her life to assisting Luigi, trying to be positive and reassuring, looking after him with intense love and respect. Everyday care, usually done in a few minutes, takes hours when it concerns someone with dementia. Mirella, 71, spent 43 years of her life with the only person she loved, with all of life's difficulties, laughter, and beautiful moments. But over the last six years things changed: Mirella lived with her husband Luigi’s illness, Alzheimer’s, and devoted her life to him as his caregiver.

 

 

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Aleppo, Syria. A severely wounded child awaits medical treatment by the small staff of doctors in one of the city's last standing hospitals, as President Bashar al-Assad's army steps up its military campaign to regain control of the city.

 

 

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The area of Rochester, New York, USA, where these pictures were taken is part of the so-called 'Crescent', a moon-shaped area that runs across several city neighborhoods. Crime rates here are significantly higher than the rest of Rochester. The Crescent is home to 27 percent of the city's residents and 80 percent of the city's homicides. The causes of the burst of violence include the lagging upstate economy, a steady migration of residents to the suburbs, and a growing number of abandoned houses prone to become centers of drug sales and use. Rochester also has a school system that performs poorly. People inside the Crescent experience those problems in greater concentration.

 
 
 
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A Sudan Armed Forces soldier lies dead in a pool of oil next to a leaking oil facility. He was killed during heavy fighting with southern Sudanese SPLA troops, after they entered the northern Sudan oil town during a brief but bloody border war between the two countries.
 
 
 
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Two rebel soldiers stand guard in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing, and firefights hung thick in the air around them as they took turns guarding their machine-gun nests.
 
 
 
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Free Syria Army soldiers belonging to the Haleb Al-Shabah katiba under Liwa Al-Tawhid battle loyalist soldiers in the Al-Amirya district of Aleppo. Government forces attempted to break the line early in the morning and were met with heavy resistance throughout the day. The Assad soldiers attempted to repel the rebels through mortar fire and tank shells. The rebels managed to hold the line.
 
 
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Gaza City, Palestinian Territories. Smoke rises after an Israeli strike. Series chronicling the latest escalation between Palestine and Israel in November 2012.
 
 
 
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Israeli border officers pepper spray an injured Palestinian protester during clashes on Land Day outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian protestors when annual Land Day rallies turned violent. Land Day commemorates the death of six Arabs, killed by security forces in 1976 during protests against government plans to confiscate land in northern Israel's Galilee region.
 
 
 
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San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The bodies of Lesbia Altamirano and Wilmer Orbera lie on the floor of a pool hall after being attacked by unidentified masked assailants in Choloma on the outskirts of the city. A wave of violence has made Honduras among the most dangerous places on Earth, with a homicide rate roughly 20 times that of the U.S. rate, according to a 2011 United Nations report.
 
 
 
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The life-long discipline, harsh physical training, and preparation for the fight can explain the half-god status of Sumo in Japan today. Part of a team, the wrestlers are required to follow a strongly codified community life; the youngest execute tasks for the community and even serve the oldest.
 
 
 
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San Salvador, El Salvador. An anti-gang police unit searches for gang members. Many in El Salvador remain skeptical that the truce will stick, noting that young men in poor neighborhoods lack alternatives and there is no easy way to lure them off the streets. They had faced off many times before, on the streets, with guns in their hands. But when top leaders of two of the hemisphere’s most violent street gangs sat across from one another in the stifling air of a maximum security prison, the encounter had a very different aim: peace. With a military chaplain and a former lawmaker officiating, the imprisoned gang leaders held a moment of silence for the thousands of people their street armies had killed. After a few more meetings — and the government’s concession to transfer 30 of the leaders to less-restrictive conditions — they shook hands on a pact to put an end to the killings. The truce endures in El Salvador, long one of the most violent countries in the Americas. With 30,000 to 50,000 members and weaponry that includes assault-style rifles and grenades, the two gangs are virtual armies that have the power to affect the security of the entire region — and they have used it to terrorize populations still weary from years of civil war and instability.

 

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