World Press Photo Awards

A selection of the award winners ladies and gentlemen for it is that time again.

johnstanmeyer_djiboutiThe photo of the year winner, by John Stanmeyer, shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighbouring Somalia. The picture also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic. Photograph: John Stanmeyer

Netherlands World Press PhotoThe first prize in the Spot News Stories category shows Syrian rebel fighters taking cover amid flying debris and shrapnel after being hit by a tank shell fired towards them by the Syrian army in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic

brentstirton_westbengalThe first prize in the People category by Brent Stirton shows a group of blind albino boys in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal.

Spotted at The Guardian while listening to nothing but the slight hum of the computer, and the occasional car passing by.                               More at the world press photo website

2012 – Some images

The Guardian has got some great images taken over the course of this year. From the aftermath of a tornado in Spain; Protests by Dairy Farmers in Belgium; Something you never equate with Gaza, people having a good time; Snipers in Syria; Horses running through bonfires in San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain. More here

Aftermath of tornado Spain

Milk protests in BrusselsParkour in GazaSyrian snipersLas Luminarias de San Anton Festival