The Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank is currently hosting the World Press Photo Exhibition 2013. The best news and culture photos from around the world have been selected from over 100,000 entries that were submitted by photographers.
The above photograph by Paul Hansen was voted the overall 2013 winner. It shows the bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his elder brother Muhammad, almost four, being carried by their uncles to a mosque for their funeral, in Gaza City. The children were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on 19 November 2012. The strike also killed their father, Fouad, and severely injured their mother and four other siblings.
The exhibition has a very wide mixture of photographs and the overall tone is incredibly uplifting and humane. Each photograph is accompanied by a caption from the actual photographer who explains why s/he took the photograph and what they trying to convey. But be warned: some of the photographs are extremely explicit and distressing and may not be suitable for young children. The harrowing photograph below is an example of this.
Somayeh Mehri (29) and Rana Afghanipour (3) are a mother and daughter living in Bam, southern Iran. They were attacked with acid by Somayeh’s husband Amir. Since their disfigurement in an acid attack, they say, others don’t like to kiss them. In this photograph, mother and daughter console one another.
The World Press Photograph Exhibition 2013 will be on display at the Riyal Festival Hall until November 26th 2013. Entry is free.