The winners of the World Press Photo competition for 2012 have been announced. World Press Photo is a huge contest for news photographers and photojournalists across a variety of categories. Here are some of the best:
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Huimin Kuang, Mao Zedong’s 110th birthday was marked on 26 December 2003.
David Goldman, Canadian Forces soldier Cpl. Ben Vandandaigue plays the drums on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar, overlooking the Panjwaii district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
Pavel Prokopchik, A ritual performed by Apashka, or Apa, the local Shaman in Ungurtas, Kazakhstan.
Brent Stirton, Rhino horn is now worth more than gold on the international market. South Africa alone has lost more than 400 rhino to illegal poaching incidents in 2011.
Brent Stirton, A Black Rhino in transit after being captured for security translocation at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa. The park is famous for its translocation programs that saved the Southern White Rhino from extinction.
Carsten Peter, Gareth ‘Sweeney’ Sewell ascends from the Garden of Edam. At the far end, giant flashbulbs illuminate a huge gallery towards the Vietnamese Wall. A British caving team discovered the world’s biggest cave passage in Vietnam, sometimes up to 200 meters high.
Paul Hilton, Shark and ray heads hang on the top deck of the Rian Hidaya shark finning vessel in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Yuri Kozyrev, For weeks, rebels held out against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the hope that the world would come to their aid.
Niclas Hammarström, On 22 July, Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people on the small island of Utøya outside Oslo in Norway.
Eduardo Castaldo, Egyptian demonstrators face police on 28 January, the ‘Friday of Anger’, at the entrance of Tahrir Square. After one day under siege, the square is conquered by demonstrators in the evening.
Li Yang, A 22-year-old girl in a wedding gown is grabbed as she attempts to kill herself by jumping out of a building.
Salil Bera, The leopard is one of 260 to die in 2011 in India as a result of human encroachment on jungle habitat.
Ebrahim Noroozi, Public hanging in the ‘Behesht’ (paradise) park of Khomeinishahr, Iran. The men, identified as Abbas, 24, Rajab Ali, 23, Asghar, 20, and Mansour, 25, had been arrested and convicted in connection with a rape of several women earlier in the summer in a garden outside Khomeinishahr.
People in the News
Yasuyoshi Chiba, Aftermath of the tsunami, Japan, March – April
Jan Dago, A Mubarak supporter rides a camel in full stride into Tahrir Square in front of a crowd of Mubarak supporters attacking the opposition with stones.
Tomasz Lazar, Arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality.
Donald Weber, Photos taken inside an interrogation room in the Ukraine. See them all here
Guillaume Herbaut, Inna Shevchenko, 21, is one of the leaders of Femen. The feminist Ukrainian protest group organizes topless protests against sex tourists, sexism and social problems.
Rémi Ochlik, A young Libyan is proud to show the gun he has just stolen from the compound of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Rémi Ochlik, Opposition fighters launch a last assault for the day against the loyalist forces hiding in Ajdabyia, Libya.