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Pictures: the amazing photos honoured at today's World Press Photo Contest

Some of the greatest photos taken worldwide from the last 12 months were honoured in the contest.

THE 59TH WORLD Press Photo Contest selected its winning images today, and as you might imagine the pictures included are amazing.

With 5,775 photographers having submitted their work, the final list was whittled down to just 41.

21 countries were represented by the final shortlist.

You can view all the photos concerned here, meanwhile, here’s a selection of our favourites:

* Warning: One of the following photos depicts a scene of graphic violence which some may find upsetting *

“Hope For A New Life” – a man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border on 28 August 2015. This image is the World Press Photo of the Year.

baby Source: Warren Richardson/World Press Photo Contest

“March Against Police Violence” - Lamon Reccord stares down a police sergeant during a protest following the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by police in Chicago on 25 November 2015.

chic Source: John J Kim/World Press Photo Contest

Emily and Kate and Eddie and Reid” – although they hadn’t planned it, Emily and Kate got pregnant within weeks of each other through artificial insemination and in vitro fertilisation, respectively. Their sons were born within four days of each other. This photo was taken on 6 December 2015.

preg Source: Sara Naomi Lewkowicz/World Press Photo Contest

“China’s Coal Addiction” - Chinese men pull a tricycle in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China on 26 November 2015.

china Source: Kevin Frayer/World Press Photo Contest

“An Antarctic Advantage” – a Chilean scientist walks above the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on the Bellingshausen Russian Antarctic base on 28 November 2015.

snow Source: Daniel Berehulak/World Press Photo Contest

“Storm Front on Bondi Beach” – a massive ‘cloud tsunami’ looms over Sydney as a sunbather reads, oblivious to the approaching cloud on Bondi Beach, 6 November 2015.

beach Source: Rohan Kelly/World Press Photo Contest

“Digging the Future” – a mine worker takes a smoke break before going back into the pit, 20 November 2015. Miners in Bani face harsh conditions and exposure to toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

mine Source: Matjaz Krivic/World Press Photo Contest

“The Gris-gris Wrestlers of Senegal” - Kherou, a young wrestling champion, performs a ritual in the water of the sea while pouring milk over his body in order to obtain the reinforcement of a ghost who lives in the stones at the shore, 11 August 2015.

sea Source: Christian Bobst/World Press Photo Contest

“Gang-related Violence” – the body of a victim killed in gang-related violence in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on 4 April 2015. This was the fourth gang-related killing on the same street in one night.

shot Source: Niclas Hammarström/World Press Photo Contest

“Waiting to Register” – a child is covered with a raincoat while she waits in line to register at a refugee camp in Preševo, Serbia, 7 October 2015.

raincoat Source: Matic Zorman/World Press Photo Contest

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