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The Best Pictures of 2009
If a picture is worth thousand words, then these photos say volumes about the world in 2009. Take a look at the winners of the World Press Photo competition.  
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Shouting From the Rooftops

Pietro Masturzo, an Italian freelance photographer, won the World Press Photo of the Year 2009 award with this June 24 picture of women shouting in protest from a rooftop in Tehran, Iran. Jury chair Ayperi Karabuda Ecer said: "The photo shows the beginning of something, the beginning of a huge story. It adds perspectives to news. It touches you both visually and emotionally, and my heart went out to it immediately." The prize-winning entries of the World Press Photo Contest 2010, the world's largest annual press photography contest, were announced Feb.12, 2010.

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(AP/Pietro Masturzo)

Smoke Over Gaza

Mohammed Salem, a Reuters photographer based in the Gaza Strip, won Second Prize in the Spot News Singles category of the World Press Photo of the Year 2009 with this picture of smoke rising during Israel's Jan. 8, 2009 offensive in Gaza.

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(AP/Mohammed Salem)

Fabrica for Colors Rainbowland, New Mexico

Canadian photographer Kitra Cahana won First Prize in the Arts and Entertainment Stories category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this photo taken in Rainbowland, New Mexico.

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(AP/Kitra Cahana)

In the Wake of a Suicide Bomber

Adam Ferguson, a photographer for VII Mentor Program for The New York Times based in Australia, won First Prize in the Spot News Singles category for this Dec. 15 photo of an Afghan woman being rushed from the scene of a suicide bombing in Kabul.

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(AP/Adam Ferguson)

Bloodbath in Madagascar

Walter Astrada, an Agence France-Presse photographer based in Argentina, won First Prize in the Spot News Stories category for this taken on February 2009 photo taken during a period of political unrest.

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(AP/Walter Astrada)

Tuzzah

Kent Klich, a photographer based in Sweden, won First Prize in the General News Singles category for this March 3 photo taken in the Gaza Strip.

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(AP/Ken Klitch)

Life in Guinea Bissau

Marco Vernaschi, a Pulitzer Center photographer based in Italy, won First Prize in the General News Stories category for this picture taken in Guinea Bissau.

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(AP/Marco Vernaschi)

Soldiers Respond to Taliban Fire

David Guttenfelder, an Associated Press photographer based in the U.S., won Second Prize in the People in the News Singles category for this May 11, 2009 picture of U.S. soldiers responding to Taliban fire outside their bunker in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan.

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(AP/David Guttenfelder)

Angel Hecklers

Robert Gauthier, a Los Angeles Times Magazine photographer based in the U.S., won First Prize in the Sports Features Singles category for this Oct. 25, 2009 picture of Yankee fans trying to distract Angels left fielder Juan Rivera in Yankee Stadium.

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(AP/Robert Gauthier)

Inauguration Day

Charles Ommanney, a Getty Images for Newsweek photographer based in Britain, won First Prize in the People in the News Stories category for this Jan. 20, 2009 photo taken in Washington D.C.

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(AP/Charles Ommanney)

Cricket Jump

Gareth Copley, a Press Association photographer based in Britain, won First Prize in the Sports Action Singles category for this August 2009 photo of England's Jonathan Trott is running out at the Fifth Ashes Test match in London.

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(AP/Gareth Copley)

Death by Drought

Stefano De Luigi, of VII Network for Le Monde Magazine, won Second Prize in the Contemporary Issues Singles category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest, for this September 2009 photo of a giraffe killed by drought in northeast Kenya.

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(AP/Stefano De Luigi)

Lance Armstrong's Comeback

American photographer Elizabeth Kreutz won First Prize in the Sports Features Stories category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this photo of seven-time Tour de France Winner. Armstrong announced Jan. 16 that he will participate in Tour de France 2010.

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(AP/Elizabeth Kreutz)

War Is Personal, USA.

American photographer Eugene Richards won First Prize in the Contemporary Issues Stories category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this photo of wounded veteran Sgt. Jose Pequeno.

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(AP/Eugene Richards)

Sunday Picnic, Mozambique

French photographer Joan Bardeletti won Second Prize in the Daily Life Singles category for this photo taken in Mozambique.

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(AP/Joan Bardeletti)

The Sun Always Shines on T.V.

Peruvian photographer Gihan Tubbeh won First Prize in the Daily Life Stories category of the 2010 World Press Photo for this photo of Adrian, a 13-year-old autistic boy.

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(AP/Gihan Tubbeh)

Thin

British photographer Laura Pannack, of Lisa Pritchard Agency for The Guardian Weekend magazine, won First Prize in the Portraits Singles category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this photo of Graham, an anorexic teenager.

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(AP/Laura Pannack)

South Georgia, Antarctica

Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen won First Prize in the Nature Stories category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this National Geographic photo taken in Antarctica.

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(AP/Paul Nicklen)

Boys and Girls

Dutch photographer Annie van Gemert won Second Prize in the Portraits Stories category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this portrait.

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(AP/Annie van Gamert)

Fashion Portfolio: Prints and the Revolution, Mali

Malian photographer Malick Sidibe won First Prize in the Arts and Entertainment Singles category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this New York Times Magazine photo.

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(AP/Malick Sidibe)

Hunting Kingfisher, Hungary

Hungarian photographer Joe Petersburger won First Prize in the Nature Singles category of the 2010 World Press Photo contest for this National Geographic photo.

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(AP/Joe Petersburger)

The Best Pictures of 2009

If a picture is worth thousand words, then these photos say volumes about the world in 2009. Take a look at the winners of the World Press Photo competition.  

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