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    Image: A photo of an Indonesian jockey won 1st prize in the Sports Action Single category.

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    Photographer Wei Seng Chen from Malaysia won 1st prize in the Sports Action Single category of the 56th World Press Photo Contest. A jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields in the Pacu Jawi Bull Race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia, on Feb. 12, 2012 . The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages.
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    Fausto Podavini from Italy won 1st prize in the Daily Life Stories category with his image from the series 'Mirella.' Mirella takes care of her husband Luigi, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, in Rome, Italy, June 1, 2010. Despite her husband's life-threatening disease, Mirella devoted her life to assisting Luigi, trying to be positive and reassuring, looking after him with intense love and respect. Everyday care, usually done in a few minutes, takes hours when it concerns someone with dementia. Mirella, 71, spent 43 years of her life with the only person she loved, with all of life's difficulties, laughter, and beautiful moments. But over the last six years things changed: Mirella lived with her husband Luigi’s illness, Alzheimer’s, and devoted her life to him as his caregiver.
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    Italian photographer Fabio Bucciarelli, commissioned by Agence France-Presse (AFP), won the 2nd Prize for 'Battle to death' in the category 'Spot News.' A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position during clashes against government forces in the Sulemain Halabi district on Oct. 10, 2013 in Aleppo, Syria.
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    Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak, commissioned by Getty Images News Service, won the 3rd Prize for 'Japan After the Wave' in the category 'General News.' Pine trees uprooted during the tsunami lay strewn over the beach on March 7, 2012, in Rikuzentakata, Japan. One year later, areas of Japan most impacted by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing, continue to struggle. Thousands of people remain living in temporary dwellings. The government faces an uphill battle with the need to dispose of rubble as it works to rebuild economies and livelihoods.
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    Turkish photographer Emin Oezmen won the 2nd Prize Spot News Single for 'Interrogation.' Opposition fighters regularly launched operations to seize government informants after dark. Two informants were captured, declared guilty under interrogation, and tortured throughout the night; tired soldiers had to be replaced so the torture could continue on July 31, 2013, in Aleppo, Syria. After 48 hours, the captives were released.
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    Sergei Ilnitsky won the 2nd Prize Sports for Sports Action Stories with 'The Golden Touch - Fencing at the Olympics.' Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt, top, in action against Peter Joppich of Germany during their Men's Foil Individual Round 16 match in London on July 31, 2013. Years of training, thousands of battles, and hundreds of victories prepared fencing competitors for the opportunity to stand on the piste at the 2012 London Olympic Games to fight for gold in London.
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    Malaysian photographer, Stefen Chow, commissioned by the Smithsonian magazine, won the 2nd Prize Prize in the category 'Staged Portraits.' Ai WeiWei poses for a photo on Feb. 6, 2012, in Beijing, China.
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    Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan, commissioned by Moss, won the 1st prize for 'The Pink Choice' in the category 'Contemporary Issues.' Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay, who have been together for one year, watch television to relax after studying at school on June 22, 2012 in Da Nang, Vietnam. Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships. But its Communist government is considering recognizing same-sex marriage, a move that would make it the first Asian country to do so, despite past human rights issues and a long-standing stigma. In August 2012, the country’s first public gay pride parade took place in Hanoi.
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    Micah Albert, A U.S. freelance documentary photographer represented by Redux Pictures, won 1st place in the Contemporary Issues Single category. Pausing in the rain, a woman working as a trash picker at the 30-acre dump, which literally spills into households of one million people living in nearby slums, wishes she had more time to look at the books she comes across on Apr. 3, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. She even likes the industrial parts catalogs. 'It gives me something else to do in the day besides picking trash,' she said.
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    Argentinian photographer Rodrigo Abd, who works for The Associated Press, won 1st prize in the General News Single category. Aida cries while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army, in Idib, Syria, on March 10, 2012. Her husband and two children were fatally wounded during the shelling.
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    Polish photographer based in the U.S., Ilona Szwarc, comissioned by Redux Pictures photo agency, won the 3rd Prize in the Observed Portraits category. Kayla poses with her lookalike doll in front of a portrait of her ancestors on Feb. 19, 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. 'American Girl' is a popular line of dolls that can be customized to look exactly like their owners.
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    Denmark photographer Jan Grarup, of Laif, won 1st prize in the Sports Features Stories category with the series 'I Just Want to Dunk.' Armed guards paid by the Somali basketball association watch over and protect Suweys and her team when they play in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Feb. 21, 2012. In Mogadishu, the war-torn capital of Somalia, young women risk their lives to play basketball. Suweys, the 19-year-old captain of a women's basketball team, and her friends defy radical Islamist views on women’s rights. They have received many death threats from not only al-Shabaab militias and radical Islamists, but some male members of their own families. 'I just want to dunk,' said Suweys. It is on the basketball court she feels happiest. 'Basketball makes me forget all my problems.'
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    Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren, of Panos for Mercy Ships/De Standaard, won 1st prize in the People - Staged Portraits Stories category with the series 'People of Mercy, Guinea.' Makone Soumaoro, 30, who has a goiter, poses in Conakry, Guinea, on Oct. 17, 2012. 'I don't have pain, but I am worried that my neck swells that much. I hope it it is not a tumor because I am a housewife and my man and three children need me.' Guinea is one of the least developed countries in the world. More than 60 percent of the population lives on less than one dollar per day. Three quarters of the population is illiterate. Health care is substandard and unaffordable for most people. Some get help with their health problems from NGO Mercy Ships aboard the hospital ship 'African Mercy' docked in the capital Conakry.
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    German photographer Christian Ziegler for National Geographic Magazine won 1st prize in the Nature Single category. An endangered Southern Cassowary feeds on the fruit of the Blue Quandang tree in Black Mountain Road, Australia, on Nov. 16, 2012. Cassowaries are a keystone species in northern Australian rainforests because of their ability to carry so many big seeds such long distances.
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    Dutch photographer Ananda van der Pluijm won the 3rd Prize for People Observed Portraits Stories. After living with his father for ten years and staying in a youth shelter, Martin, 18, seen here on Feb. 15, 2011, returned home two years ago to live with his mother. He arrived with some clothes in a bag and no work or degree.
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    Danish photographer Soeren Bidstrup, commissioned by Berlingske, won the 2nd prize singles for 'Early morning' in the Daily Life category. A family camps in the early morning during summer holiday on July 8, 2012.
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    Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen, commissioned by National Geographic Magazine, won 1st prize in the Nature Stories category for his series 'Emperor Penguins, Ross Sea.' A group of Emperor Penguins swims in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, on Nov. 18, 2011. Even though they have evolved an incredibly advanced bubble physiology, the greatest challenge they face is the loss of sea ice that supports their colonies and ecosystem. New science shows that Emperor Penguins are capable of tripling their swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers. These bubbles reduce the friction between their feathers and the icy seawater, allowing them to accelerate in the water. They use speeds of up to 18 miles per hour to avoid leopard seals and to launch themselves up onto the ice.
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    Paul Hansen won the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 in the 56th World Press Photo Contest. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher, in Gaza City on Nov. 20, 2012. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care.
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