The world’s best press photos

The World Press Photo exhibition, which opens next month, brings together some of the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.

Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia
Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia

The exhibition shows the winners of the World Press Photo competition, which this year attracted 103 481 images.

Stefen Chow, Malaysia, for Smithsonian magazine
Stefen Chow, Malaysia, for Smithsonian magazine

The 350 winners will all be displayed at show, at London’s Southbank Centre.

Micah Albert, USA, Redux Images
Micah Albert, USA, Redux Images

These include the overall winner – a photograph by Paul Hansen of Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, which shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through the streets of Gaza City.

Paul Hansen, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter
Paul Hansen, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter

There was one UK winner this year, with Nadav Kander taking first prize in the staged portraits single category for his photo of actor Daniel Kaluuya.

Nadav Kander, UK, for The New York Times / Time magazine
Nadav Kander, UK, for The New York Times / Time magazine

Other winning photographs include images of the London 2012 Olympics in the sport category, while the contemporary issues category tackles subjects such as anti-austerity demonstrations in Spain and same-sex couples in Vietnam.

Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency
Sergei Ilnitsky, Russia, European Pressphoto Agency

The World Press Photo Exhibition is at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1, from 8-26 November. You can see more of the winning photographs here.

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