View the entire collection of winning images from the 54th World Press Photo Contest. The winners were selected from a record number of images submitted to the contest.
Bibi Aisha, 18, was disfigured as retribution for fleeing her husband’s house.
Kirill Lewerski, aged 16, a cadet on the Russian ship Kruzenshtern.
A Dinka man stands in front of his house in Akkach, South Sudan.
The Saharawi people of Western Sahara have been involved in a decades-long dispute for independence, in land controlled by Morocco along the border with Algeria.
People re-enact the self-portraits they took for the social networking site MySpace.
Fairs in Ireland are more than places of trade, often forming an important social and cultural event in the county calendar.
The sister of Feroz Ahmad Malik wails as she clings to the bed carrying his body, at his funeral in Palhalan, near the city of Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, emerges from a panel discussion at the University of London.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il attends a military parade, together with his youngest son and designated successor Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang on 10 October.
Unusually heavy monsoon rains in July triggered the worst flood in Pakistan’s history.
Mount Merapi, in Central Java, Indonesia, erupted in late October, blasting hot rock and volcanic ash a kilometer and a half into the air, in what was said to be its largest eruption since the 1870s.
Poles mourn President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of the country’s top political and military leaders, killed in an air crash near Smolensk airport in Russia on 10 April.
A girl looks on as the Marché Hyppolite in Port-au-Prince burns, six days after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.
Tibetan monks prepare for the mass cremation of earthquake victims on a mountaintop in Yushu county, Qinghai province, in China.
The head of a man, who was ambushed while driving with his family, lies beside the road on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, in northern Mexico.
In the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January, thousands of residents fled the capital Port-au-Prince.
The number of targeted shootings in the Karachi area of Pakistan escalated in 2010, with over 1,100 violent deaths recorded by October.
Areas of northern Mexico are racked by violence, involving turf wars between powerful drug cartels vying for control of trafficking routes.
A man falls to his death from a turret of Liberty Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, after covering himself in flammable liquid and setting himself alight.
Haitians rescue a woman trapped beneath rubble in the capital Port-au-Prince, minutes after an earthquake hit on 12 January.
People press through the crowd at the Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany, in a crush that left 21 dead and more than 500 injured.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti on 12 January caused the collapse of a total of 188,383 buildings.
Red Shirt protestors clash with Thai government forces in mid-May, in the Silom commercial district of Bangkok.
On 16 July, two pipelines exploded as crude oil was being unloaded from a tanker in the port of Dalian, in northeast China.
A daylight shootout on the Avenida Brasil, a busy shopping area in Rio de Janeiro.
Entrails and skeletons of dead livestock lie in the Gadabedji reserve in the Maradi region of Niger in western Africa.
Nguyen Thi Li, aged 9, who lives in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang in Vietnam, suffers from disabilities believed to be caused by the defoliating chemical Agent Orange.
Relatives of victims mourn at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery on the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre.
Every year, thousands of people risk their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden to Yemen to escape conflict and poverty in the Horn of Africa.
For 18 years the photographer documented the life of Julie Baird, whom she met by chance in San Francisco. Julie was then 18 and HIV positive, with a newborn child and a history of drug abuse.
Each year, at least 2,600 Kenyan women die after illegal abortions and 21,000 are hospitalized with complications from unsafe procedures.
‘A series of unfortunate events’, all photographed from Google Street View, taken by placing a camera on a tripod in front of a computer screen in Paris.
A man carries a shark through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in September.
Couchsurfers hang out at the apartment of their host, ‘Naked Paul’, in Brooklyn, New York.
An overcrowded train approaches a railway station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as more passengers wait to board.
Half of humanity now lives in a city.
Pademba Road Prison, in Freetown, Sierra Leone was built to accommodate around 300 prisoners, but now holds more than 1,100, including many juveniles.
In September, a Danish daily newspaper ran a picture of an 18-month-old orphan from Nepal with hydrocephalus – the condition also known as ‘water on the brain’.
A Cape gannet comes in to land during the summer nesting season.
Atlantic sailfish drive sardines into a bait ball off the Yucatan coast, Mexico.
The lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo, in the Virunga National Park, bubbles at the bottom of the volcano’s immense crater.
In April, the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig, in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, sunk after an explosion.
Whooper swans are a northern hemisphere swan, with a range from Iceland to beyond Japan.
Mount Bromo volcano, a popular tourist attraction in East Java, Indonesia, began to show signs of activity in November, with a major eruption on 19 December spewing stones and ash 2,000 meters into the air.
Joséphine Nsimba Mpongo, 37, practices the cello in the Kimbanguiste neighborhood of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The show of TV star-turned-fashion designer Valeria Marini.
Actor Fabian Lopez on set in Tijuana, playing the lead in the film El Baleado 2.
Patrons of a traveling cinema watch a film at a night screening.
Freestyle wrestling, or lucha libre, one of the most popular entertainments in Bolivia, was once the domain of men only.
A series of archive photos set against their present-day backdrops in Israel.
The Netherlands’ Demy de Zeeuw is accidentally kicked in the face by Uruguay’s Martin Caceres during a World Cup semi-final soccer match in Cape Town, South Africa on 6 July.
Matador Julio Aparicio is gored by a bull after losing his footing during a bullfight in Madrid.
Swimmers participate in the Cole Classic ocean race at Manly Beach, Australia on 7 February.
A small community of motor enthusiasts in Mexico devote much of their spare time to restoring, fine-tuning and customizing their cars before meeting for informal races.
The Tour of Eritrea has its origins in a cycle race first held in 1946, though the form of the present-day event dates from 2001.
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