Swedish photographer Paul Hansen has won the World Press Photo 2013 award for his picture of a Palestinian family carrying two children who were killed in an Israeli missile strike to their funeral. The contest also awarded prizes in eight other categories ranging from Sports to Portraits. 

Some of these images may be familiar from news coverage throughout the year, but they make a compelling and inspiring reminder of the exceptional level of photojournalism across the world.

World Press Photo of the Year 2013

The World Press Photo of the Year 2013 was awarded to Swedish photographer Paul Hansen his picture of a Palestinian family carrying two children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral.

Category Winners

Winners of World Press Photo 2013 awards were selected from over 100,000 images. Each of the eight categories had two first, second and third place winners -- one for a single image and one for a photo story series.

Rodrigo Abd's photo of a woman recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army, won the first prize singles in the General News category. Wei Seng Chen's photo of a jockey displaying relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields, won first prize singles in the Sports Action category.

All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year, and will be published in a yearbook. 

Nemanja Pancic's photo of little Milan Ponjiger who survived a fall from the sixth floor, but whose parents did not, won the first prize singles in the Observed Portraits category.

The entire collection of winning images and honorable mentions from the 56th World Press Photo Contest can be seen at the World Press Photo website and are well worth a look.

Paul Nicklen's photo series of Emperor Penguins demonstrating high swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers, won the first places stories in the Nature category. Fausto Podavini's photo of 71-year-old Mirella who devoted her life to her ailing husband as his caregiver, won first prize stories in the Daily Life category.