The World Press Photos of the year 2012 were just announced and these are some of the winners. First prize went to a thought provoking image by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen. Whatever your thoughts on the Israel/Palestine conflict children should never ever become the victim. The other winners are amazing in their own rights. Some really powerful stuff. Which photo is your favorite and why?

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Paul Hansen of Sweden, a photographer working for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 with this picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City taken on November 20, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. Jury member Mayu Mohanna said about the photo: The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It's a picture I will not forget. The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2013, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced today February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Emin Ozmen of Turkey has won the second prize in the Spot News Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Syrian opposition fighters interrogating and torturing an informant in Aleppo taken on July 31, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Emin Ozmen/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Fabio Bucciarelli of Italy, a photographer working for the Agence France-Presse, has won the second prize in the Spot News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series Battle to death. The picture shows a Free Syrian Army fighter taking up a position during clashes against government forces in the Sulemain Halabi district. in Aleppo, taken on October 10, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Fabio Bucciarelli/Agence France-Presse/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Rodrigo Abd of Argentina, a photographer working for the Associated Press, has won the first prize in the General News Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Aida, crying while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army in Idib, taken on March 10, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Daniel Berehulak of Australia, a photographer working for Getty Images, has won the third prize in the General News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series Japan after the wave. The picture shows pine trees uprooted during the tsunami laying strewn over the beach in Rikuzentakata, taken on March 7, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Chen Wei Seng of Malaysia has won the first prize in the Sports Action Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of a jockey showing relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields during the Pacu Jawi bull race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, taken on February 12, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Chen Wei Seng/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Sergei Ilnitsky of Russia, a photographer working for the European Pressphoto Agency, has won the second prize in the Sports Action Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series The Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics. The picture shows Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt (top) in action against Peter Joppich of Germany during their Men's Foil Individual Round 16 at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, taken on July 31, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto Agency/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Micah Albert of the U.S., a photographer working for Redux Images, has won the first prize in the Contemporary Issues Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of a woman pausing in the rain as she works as a trash picker at a 30-acre dump in Nairobi, taken on April 3, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Micah Albert/Redux Images/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Maika Elan of Vietnam, a photographer working for Management of StoryTellers MoST, has won the first prize in the Contemporary Issues Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series The Pink Choice, Vietnam. The picture shows Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watching television to relax after studying at school in Da Nang, taken on June 22, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Maika Elan/MoST/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Soren Bidstrup of Denmark, a photographer working for Berlingske, has won the second prize in the Daily Life Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of a summer holiday camping trip in Jeselo, taken on July 8, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Soren Bidstrup/Berlingske/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Fausto Podavini of Italy has won the first prize in the Daily Life Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series Mirella. The picture shows Mirella taking care of her husband Luigi, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, in Rome, taken on June 1, 2010 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. Picture taken in 2010. The contest awards works published in 2012. REUTERS/Fausto Podavini/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Ilona Szwarc of Poland, a photographer working for Redux Images, has won the third prize in the People - Observed Portraits Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Kayla posing with her lookalike doll in front of a portrait of her ancestors in Boston, Massachusetts, taken on February 19, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ilona Szwarc/Redux Images/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Ananda van der Pluijm of Netherlands has won the third prize in the People - Observed Portraits Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series Martin. After living with his father for ten years and staying in a youth shelter, Martin, 18, returned home two years ago to live with his mother. He arrived with some clothes in a bag and no work or degree. Picture taken in Tilburg on February 15, 2011 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. Picture taken in 2011. The contest awards works published in 2012. REUTERS/Ananda van der Plujim/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Stefen Chow of Malaysia, a photographer working for Smithsonian magazine, has won the second prize in the People - Staged Portraits Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of Ai Weiwei in Beijing taken on February 6, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stefen Chow/Smithsonian magazine/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Stephan Vanfleteren of Belgium, a Panos photographer working for Mercy Ships/De Standaard, has won the first prize in the People - Staged Portraits Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series People of Mercy, Guinea. The picture shows Makone Soumaoro, 30, who has a goiter, in Conakry, taken on October 17, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stephan Vanfleteren/Panos/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Christian Ziegler of Germany has won the first prize in the Nature Single category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with this picture of an endangered Southern Cassowary feeding on the fruit of the Blue Quandang tree in Black Mountain Road, taken on November 16, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Ziegler/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Paul Nicklen of Canada, a photographer working for the National Geographic magazine, has won the first prize in the Nature Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series Emperor Penguins. The picture shows a group of Emperor Penguins swimming in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, taken on November 18, 2011 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. Picture taken in 2011. The contest awards works published in 2012. REUTERS/Paul Nicklen/National Geographic/World Press Photo/Handout

World Press Photo Of The Year 2013

Jan Grarup of Denmark, a photographer working for Laif Agency, has won the first prize in the Sports Features Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series Women's Basketball, Mogadishu, Somalia. The picture shows an armed guard, paid by the Somali basketball association, watching over and protecting a women's basketball team as they play in Mogadishu, taken on February 21, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jan Grarup/Laif/World Press Photo/Handout

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