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Time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Iranian dog owners under pressure, a bloom of mayflies, Kim Jong-un visiting Breeding Station No. 621, animals fleeing recent fires and floods, and a dachshund receiving acupuncture therapy. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [38 photos]

James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg on March 27, 2013 in London, England. The massive egg, from the now-extinct elephant bird sold for $101,813 at Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" sale, on April 24, 2013 in London. Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago. The egg, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed to date back before the 17th century. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)     

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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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By the numbers: 5, 247 Photographers, 124 Nationalities, 101, 254 pictures. Three hundred and fifty images by 57 photographers of 24 nationalities were awarded prizes in nine categories. To view the entire collection of winning images from the 55th World Press Photo Contest: 2012 World Press Photo. -- Paula Nelson (16 photos total)
2012 World Press Photo of the Year: A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against President Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2011. (Samuel Aranda/The New York Times)

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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Let’s start with some World Press Photo winners’ interviews…

Interviews - Daniel Morel (BJP: February 2011)

Interviews - Jodi Bieber (Mediaclubsouthafrica: February 2011)

InterviewsAndrew McConnell (Msnbc: February 2011) Photoblog exclusive: Interview with World Press Photo winner Andrew McConnell

InterviewsMichael Wolf (BJP: February 2011) World Press Photo: Is Google Street View photojournalism?

Photographers - Michael Wolf

I took another look at the winners gallery on the Word Press Photo site, and I couldn’t feel a bit baffled that the 1st prize sports story went to photographer Adam Pretty for ‘sports portfolio’… his photos were great, but how portfolio can be seen as a story, I don’t understand…I preferred the 2nd prize winner Tomasz Gudzowaty’s Mexico Car Frenzy piece in the sense that it was a clear story and very, very strong… Had to check out his personal site…

Photo: Tomasz Gudzowaty

PhotographersTomasz Gudzowaty

Wasn’t familiar with his work before…Neither did I know of these photographer…no that they were the only ones…

Daily Life 2nd prize singles winner…

PhotographersMalte Jaeger

Daili life 2nd prize stories winner…

PhotographersFernando Moleres

It was nice to see some smiles in the World Press Photo winners gallery too..Such a great and simple idea by Amit Madheshiya…

The above is from Arts and Entertainment: 1st prize stories

Interesting fact, if true, in Scott Strazzante tweet yesterday…”All you need to know about subjectivity of contests- World Press Photo of the Year voted out in 1st round of POYi portrait judging”

Articles – BagNewsNotes: What’s Wrong with the World Press Choice of “Photo of the Year”? (BNN: February 2011)

Articles – DuckRabbit: World Press or Propaganda? (Duckrabbit: Februrary 2011)

Articles - Joerg Colberg: It is that time of the year again(Conscientious: February 2011)

Photos: Jodi Bieber (left); Steve McCurry (right)

Articles – David Campbell: Thinking Images v.10: Jodi Bieber’s Afghan girl portrait in context (David Campbell blog: February 2011)

Articles – Jeremy Nicholl: An Unfortunate Event At World Press Photo (Jeremy Nicholl blog: February 2011)

Articles - Greg Ruffing: On Technology and Photography: Damon Winter in POY, Michael Wolf in World Press (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

POYi…

Articles - PDN: Damon Winter Wins Newspaper Photographer of the Year at POYi (PDN: February 2011)

Bill Allard on photo contests…

Articles - William Albert Allard: Awards (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

PhotographersWilliam Albert Allard

Back to Cairo….

Photo: Alex Majoli

Features and Essays - Alex Majoli: The Agony and Ecstacy (Newsweek: February 2011) Egypt

Photo: Peter Turnley/Corbis

Features and Essays - Peter Turnley: Turning Point of Revolution in Egypt (Photographer’s website: February 2011) Same series on The Online Photographer with interesting notes by Turnley himself.

Photo: David Degner

Features and Essays - WSJ (David Degner and Guy Martin): Celebrations Follow Resignation in Egypt (WSJ: February 2011)

More photos added since Saturday to the Cairo gallery by Dominic Nahr on the TIME website…

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: Uprising in Cairo (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Etienne De Malglaive: Fort Liberty in Tahrir Square (Photographer’s archive: February 2011)

Articles - BJP: Dispatches from Tahrir Square – Photographers recount their experiences in Cairo and look at the future (BJP: February 2011)

Photo: Francesco Alesi

Features and Essays – Francesco Alesi: The Limbo Nation (Parallelo Zero: 2011) Nagorno Karabakh, South Caucasus

Features and Essays - Ed Kashi: The Leaves Keep Falling (VII Magazine: February 2011) Legacy of Agent Orang

Features and Essays – Richard Nicholson: London’s Last Darkrooms (Telegraph: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Evan Joseph: New York City At Night (Telegraph: February 2011)

Features and Essays – David Trilling: Turkmenistan: While Officials Frolic, Caspian Gas Mecca Rusts and Groans (Eurasianet.org: 2011)

Features and Essays - Sebastien van Malleghem: Police (burn: February 2011)

Poulomi Basu’s To Conquer Her Land now in Guernica….

Features and Essays - Poulomi Basu: To Conquer Her Land (Guernica: February 2011)

Daniel Cuthbert’s Bushmen on BBC…

Features and Essays - Daniel Cuthbert: South Africa’s Bushmen under threat (BBC: February 2011)

Eugene Richards interview Gerry Badger did with him in 2009…related to his War is Personal work and book

InterviewsEugene Richards (BJP: 2009)

Speaking of books…Congratulations again to Ben Lowy …

Photo: Ben Lowy

Articles – BJP: Benjamin Lowy wins First Photography Book Prize (BJP: February 2011)

Articles - CDS Awards: William Eggleston Selects Benjamin Lowy to Win First Book Prize in Photography (CDS: February 2011)

More books…

BooksDewiLewis : new 2011 catalogue is now available to download.

Interviews - Larry Clark (Guardian: February 2011)

InterviewsPhilip Lorca di Corcia (NYT: February 2011)

Interviews - Jon Levy (Vimeo)

Intervews - Misha Erwitt (Leica blog: 2011)

Saw Andrew Burton tweet this: “If you work, contribute or are interested in any form of media, entertainment or journalism, READ THIS:”

Articles - NYT: David Carr: At Media Companies, a Nation of Serfs (NYT: February 2011)

Articles – NYT: War Photographer Remembered at Paris Show (NYT: 2011)

Articles - A Photo Editor: Recent Facebook Changes Are Bad For Professional Photographers (APE: February 2011)

Articles - Verve Photo: Rachel Mummey (Verve: February 2011)

My friend Conor O’Leary, is probably even a bigger PJ hound than me… tweeted this the other day…

“New website and new work from Mikhael Subotzky”…better check it out then…

The above is from Subotzky’s couple of years old Beaufort West series

PhotographersMikhael Subotzky … the new work

Photographers - Will Berridge

AgenciesVII Network February 2011 newsletter

InterviewsEdward Linsmier (Tampabay.com: February 2011) St. Petersburg Times photo intern Edward Linsmier

Resources - Shakodo

TutorialsHow to shoot video for News and documentary (iTunes)

Resources - The Pocket Locator | more info

Videos / InterviewsPhotographer Alec Soth on a Life of Approaching Strangers (Youtube)

Grants - Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

To finish off, a joke… “So this SEO expert walks into a bar, grill, pub, public house, Irish bar, bartender, drinks, beer, wine, liquor…” via @pud

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