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World Press Photo, a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands, recently announced the winners of its 2012 photojournalism contest. More than 5,000 photographers from 124 countries submitted over 100,000 pictures to the competition. Top honors this year went to Samuel Aranda for his image of a woman holding a wounded relative during protests in Yemen. The prize-winning photographs will be assembled into an exhibition that will travel to 45 countries over the next year. Below is just a sample of this year's group of winners -- please visit the World Press Photo website to see them all. (See also the winners from 2011.) [32 photos]

First prize winner in the Spot News Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo Contest, this photo by by Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time, shows rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, on March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Yuri Kozyrev, Noor Images for Time)

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Today the winners of the prestigious 55th annual World Press Photo competition were announced in Amsterdam, and Samuel Aranda from Spain received the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2011.

The winning photograph shows a woman caring for a wounded relative, 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. He is represented by Corbis Images.

TIME photographer Yuri Kozyrev of Noor won first prize in the Spot News Singles category with his explosive picture of rebels leaping off a tank in Ras Lanuf, Libya.

A gallery of selected winners is above. You can see all the results here.

TIME salutes all of this year’s winners. Congratulations!

To see a multimedia about Jodi Bieber’s World Press Photo of the Year for TIME in 2011 click here.

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Last week, the World Press Photo jury announced their choices for the best press photos published in 2010. Lens Culture is pleased to present a selection of the winners again this year. A record number of 108,059 images was submitted to the contest, and the number of participating photographers was 5,847, representing 125 different nationalities.

worldpress2011-blog.jpgA sampling of some of the winning images in this year's World Press Photo Competition.
All photos © individual photographers, courtesy of World Press Photo.

At first glance, almost all of the winning images portray doom and gloom — and lots of it. The year 2010, as depicted by the award winners, was filled with tragedy, horror, natural disaster, inhumanity, outrage and despair. The overall winner is an unforgettable image (below) by Jodi Beiber, of a young Afghan woman mutilated on the orders of the Taliban.

worldpress2011_1.jpgWorld Press Photo of the Year 2010: © Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for "Time" magazine

These difficult and disturbing images are softened (slightly) by some dream-like photos of wild animals in nature, split-second moments of seemingly impossible physical feats in the Sports category, and an ironic look at daily life captured through the random lens of Google Street View and edited with a curator's critical eye by photographer Michael Wolf.

michael-wolf-google.jpgPhotographer Michael Wolf, who has won several World Press Photo awards in previous years, received an honorable mention in the Contemporary Issues category, for his selection of images from Google Street View.

See this article at Lens Culture for more information and a high-resolution slideshow of the winning images.

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