World Press Photo is the premier annual international competition in press photography, bringing together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.
This year a record number of 108,059 images were submitted to the contest from which more than 350 winning photographs were selected. Entries were submitted by 5,691 photographers, representing 125 different nationalities.
Exhibited without censorship in 50 countries all over the world, the World Press Photo Exhibition offers an international showcase for all of the competition's prize-winning entries and is considered by many to set a standard in the field of photojournalism.
The winning photographs depict human suffering, natural disasters, sporting endeavours and the beauty of the natural world.
Subject matters in the news categories cover the Haiti earthquake aftermath and the floods in Pakistan, and the category includes a portrait of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
Sports, entertainment and nature winners include photographs of the World Cup semi-final in Cape Town, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the eruption of Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia.
The exhibition brings together the winning photographs, all of which were taken in 2010.