Gaza burial of two children is World Press Photo of the Year

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen has won the 2012 World Press Photo of the Year competition with a photograph of a group of men on their way to bury two children in Gaza.

‘The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children,’ said jury member Mayu Mohanna. ‘It’s a picture I will not forget.’

In total, 54 photographers from 32 nationalities won prizes in the Amsterdam-based organisation’s annual competition. By the mid-January deadline, 103,481 images had been submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries.

An exhibition of the winning entries will open in Amsterdam on April 26 before going on tour.

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