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World Press Photo of the year awarded to Paul Hansen for haunting image of Palestinian funeral

The 56th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Paul Hansen of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter as the World Press Photo of the Year 2012.

The picture shows a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City on Nov. 20, 2012. They are being taken to a mosque for a burial ceremony while their father's body is carried behind on a stretcher. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their mother was put in intensive care. 

Paul Hansen / Dagens Nyheter via World Press Photo

The photo was selected from a total of 103,481 images submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries.

"The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children," jury member Mayu Mohanna said. "It's a picture I will not forget."

View the award winning images selected by World Press Photo.Chen Wei Seng via World Press Photo