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Photo by Samuel Aranda

<p>Photo by Damir Sagolj</p><p>Photo by Rob Homstra</p><p>Photo by Brent Stirton</p><p>Photo by Stephanie Sinclair</p><p>Photo by Vincent Boisot</p><p>Photo by Alejandro Kirchuk</p><p>Photo by Alex Majoli</p><p>Photo by Jenny E. Ross</p><p>Photo by Brent Stirton</p><p>Photo by Tomasz Lazar</p><p>Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba</p><p>Photo by Yuri Kozyrev</p><p>Photo by Niclas Hammarstrom</p><p>Photo by Ray McManus</p><p>Photo by Ton Koene</p><p>Photo by Laerke Posselt</p><p>Photo by Adam Pretty</p>

Worth a Thousand Words

The 55th annual World Press Photographic awards have been announced and, unsurprisingly, the events in the Middle East and the Japanese tsunami dominate the winning images.

A panel of 19 photojournalism professionals from around the world gathered in Amsterdam from January 28 to judge more than 101,000 photographs from 5,247 photographers. They selected a photograph by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda as World Press Photo of the year.

The picture shows a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on October 15, 2011. Samuel Aranda was working in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times.

My favourite picture from this year's winners is Damir Sagol's photograph of buildings in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang; the only visible energy and warmth in the cold streetscape is the light illuminating the portrait of Kim Il-sung. This single image says so much about the hermit kingdom and how it treats its citizens.

The Global Mail presents a sample of the winners here. A comprehensive gallery can be found on the World Press Photo website.

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