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World Press Photo Contest 2013: Winners

1st prize, Sports – Sports Action Singles
AP Photo/Wei Seng Chen-The winners of the World Press Photo Content 2013, selected by an international jury, were announced on Friday morning. Here's a selection of the prize-winning images. Wei Seng Chen, from Malaysia, won 1st prize in the Sports Action Singles category for this photograph of a jockey reaching the end of the Pacu Jawi bull race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

1st prize, Contemporary Issues - Singles

AP Photo/Paul Nicklen, National Geographic magazine-Micah Albert, USA, for Redux Images, took 1st prize in the Contemporary Issues - Singles category for this image of a trash-picker in Nairobi, Kenya, stopping to read one of the books she comes across in her work.

2nd prize, Sports – Sports Action Stories

AP Photo/Sergei Ilnitsky, European Pressphoto Agency-Russian photographer Sergei Ilnitsky (European Pressphoto Agency) captured this shot of of Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt (top) and Peter Joppich of Germany during their Men's Foil Individual Round16 match at the 2012 Olympics in London.

2nd prize, Spot News - Stories
AP Photo/Fabio Bucciarelli, Agence France-Presse-Italian photographer Fabio Bucciarelli, from Agence France-Presse, took this photograph of a Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter taking position during clashes against government forces in Aleppo, Syria.
1st prize, Contemporary Issues - Stories

AP Photo/Maika Elan, Most-Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan took this portrait, titled Most, of lesbian couple Phan Thi Thuy Vy and Dang Thi Bich Bay. Vietnam has historically been unwelcoming to same-sex relationships, but its communist government is now considering recognising same-sex marriage.

3rd prize, People – Observed Portraits Single

AP Photo/lona Szwarc, Redux Pictures-Polish photographer lona Szwarc (Redux Pictures) took this portrait of Kayla, from Boston, Massachussetts. Kayla poses in front of a portrait of her ancestors with a lookalike 'American Girl' doll. 'American Girl' is a line of dolls that can be customised to look like their owners.

AP Photo/Fausto Podavini-Mirella, 71, (pictured left) has been with her husband for 41 years and, since he developed Alzheimer's six years ago, has devoted her life to him as his caregiver. They live together in Rome. This portrait of their lives was taken by Fausto Podavini, from Italy.

1st prize, Nature - Singles

AP Photo/Christian Ziegler-German photographer Christian Ziegler won 1st prize in the Nature - Singles category for this image of an endangered Southern Cassowary feeding on the fruit of the Blue Quandang tree, taken in Australia.

AP Photo/Stefen Chow, Smithsonian magazine-Malaysian photographer Stefan Chow won second prize in the Staged Portraits - Singles category for this portrait of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei for Smithsonian magazine.
1st prize, Nature - Stories
AP Photo/Paul Nicklen, National Geographic magazine-Paul Nicklen from Canada was awarded 1st prize in the Nature - Stories category for this image of Emperor Penguins he took for National Geographic magazine. It was taken in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
3rd prize People - Observed Portraits
AP Photo/Ananda van der Pluijm-Netherlands photographer Ananda van der Pluijm's award-winning photograph shows her half-brother Martin, who has returned to live with their mother after living with his father for ten years and staying in a youth shelter.

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