The World Press Photo Of The Year Contest is one of the most prestigious annual events for press photographers. These are the winners in 2010. Read the descriptions underneath each image to find out more about the setting and the photographer.
Warning: Some images are graphic in displaying the horror that can be human life.
UPDATE: Check out our World Press Photo Of The Year 2011 edition.

World Press Photo Contest 2010

01. Daniele Tamagni, a freelance photographer based in Italy, has won the 2nd Prize in the Arts and Entertainment Stories category with the series The Flying Cholitas in Bolivia: Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling). The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Daniele Tamagni/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

02. Jodi Bieber, a Institute for Artist Management for Time magazine photographer based in South Africa, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2010 with this picture of Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband's house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi's brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military. After time in a women's refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the U.S.. Jury chair David Burnett said about the photo: This could become one of those pictures - and we have maybe just ten in our lifetime - where if somebody says 'you know, that picture of a girl…', you know exactly which one they're talking about. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jodi Bieber/Institute for Artist Management for Time/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

03. Peter Lakatos, a MTI photographer based in Hungary, has won the 1st Prize Spot News Singles category for this photo of a suicide jump in Budapest, Hungary, taken May 22. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Peter Lakatos/MTI/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

04. Corentin Fohlen, a Fedephoto photographer based in France, has won the 2nd prize Spot News Stories category with this picture of anti-government riots in Bangkok, Thailand, taken in May. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Corentin Fohlen/Fedephoto/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

05. Riccardo Venturi, a Contrasto photographer based in Italy, has won the 1st Prize General News Single category with this picture of the Old Iron Market burning in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, taken January 18. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Riccardo Venturi/Contrasto/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

06. Olivier Laban-Mattei, a Agence France-Presse photographer based in France, has won the 1st prize General News Stories category with this picture of a man throwing a dead body at the morgue of the general hospital in Port-au-Prince, taken January 15. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Olivier Laban-Mattei/Agence France-Presse/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

07. Seamus Murphy, a VII Photo Agency photographer based in Ireland, has won the 2nd Prize People In The News Single category with this picture of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, in London, taken September 30. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Seamus Murphy/VII/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

08. Daniel Berehulak, a Getty Images photographer based in Australia, won the 1st Prize People In The News Stories category with this picture of flood victims scrambling for food as they battle the downwash from a Pakistan army helicopter during relief operations in Dadu, Pakistan, taken September 13. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

09. Mike Hutchings, a Reuters photographer based in South Africa, has won the 1st Prize Sport Single category with this picture of Netherlands' Demy de Zeeuw being kicked in the face by Uruguay's Martin Caceres during their World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, taken July 6. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

World Press Photo Contest 2010

10. Adam Pretty, a Getty Images photographer based in Australia, has won the 1st Prize Sport Stories with Sports portfolio category. In this picture Thomas Daley of Great Britain competes in the preliminary of the men's 3m springboard diving event during the Youth Olympics at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex, Singapore, taken August 22. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Pretty/Getty Images/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

11. Ed Kashi, a VII Photo Agency photographer based in the U.S., has won the 2nd Prize Contemporary Issues Single category with this picture of Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, who suffers from Agent Orange disabilities, in Da Nang, Vietnam. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Kashi/VII Photo Agency/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

12. Ed Ou, a Reportage by Getty Images photographer based in Canada, has won the 1st Prize Contemporary Issues Stories category with the series Escape from Somalia. In this picture four Somali refugees en route to Yemen sleep in the desert after traveling all night on muddy roads and in pouring rain in Somaliland, taken March 15. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Ou/Reportage by Getty Images/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

13. Omar Feisal, a Reuters photographer based in Somalia, has won the 1st Prize Daily Life Single category with this picture of a man carrying a shark through the streets of Mogadishu in Somalia, taken September 23. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

World Press Photo Contest 2010

14. Joost van den Broek, a de Volkskrant Kirill Lewerski photographer based in the Netherlands, has won the 2nd Prize Portraits Single category for this photo of a cadet on Russian tall ship Kruzenshtern. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Joost van den Broek/de Volkskrant Kirill Lewerski/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

15. Wolfram Hahn, a freelance photographer based in Germany, has won the 2nd Prize Portraits Stories category with this picture of self-portraits for social network. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Wolfram Hahn/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

16. Davide Monteleone, a Contrasto for The New York Times Style Magazine photographer based in Italy, has won the 2nd Prize in the Arts and Entertainment Single category with this picture of the Milan Fashion Week: Valeria Marini show. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Davide Monteleone/Contrasto/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

17. Reinhard Dirscherl, a freelance photographer based in Germany, has won the 2nd Prize in the Nature Single category with this picture of Atlantic sailfish attacking Spanish sardines, off Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Reinhard Dirscherl/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

18. Stefano Unterthiner, a National Geographic magazine photographer based in Italy, has won the 2nd Prize Nature Stories category with this picture of Whooper Swans at dawn, taken in Hokkaido, Japan, in January. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Stefano Unterthiner/National Geographic/Handout

World Press Photo Contest 2010

19. Andrew Biraj, a Reuters photographer based in Bangladesh, has won the 3rd Prize Daily Life Single category with this picture of an overcrowded train approaching a station in Dhaka November 16, 2010. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

World Press Photo Contest 2010

20. Martin Roemers, a Panos Pictures photographer based in the Netherlands, has won the 1st Prize Daily Life Stories category with the series Metropolis. The picture shows an urban scene in Calcutta, India. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Martin Roemers/Panos Pictures/Handout