In total, there were nine categories: Spot News, General News, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Sports Action, Sports Features, Observed Portrait, Staged Portrait and Nature. Each category, except for Sports Features, had first-prize winners for both single photos and photo stories.
The World Press Photo of the Year award went to Swedish Photographer Paul Hansen, whose snapshot of a funeral march in Gaza also won first prize in the Spot News category. Here are the first-prize winners for the single photos in each category, excluding Sports Features, which only consists of photo stories.
World Press Photo of the Year, Spot News
Title: "Gaza Burial"
Photographer: Paul Hansen (Sweden)
Date: Nov. 20, 2012
Location: Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
Caption: "Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother, Muhammad, were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed, and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher."
Photographer: Rodrigo Abd (Argentina)
Date: March 10, 2012
Location: Idib, Syria
Caption: "Aida cries while recovering from severe injuries she received when her house was shelled by the Syrian Army. Her husband and two children were fatally wounded during the shelling."
Title: "At the Dandora Dump"
Photographer: Micah Albert (USA)
Date: April 3, 2012
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Caption: "Pausing in the rain, a woman working as a trash picker at the 30-acre dump, which literally spills into households of 1 million people living in nearby slums, wishes she had more time to look at the books she comes across. She even likes the industrial parts catalogs. 'It gives me something else to do in the day besides picking [trash],' she said."
Title: "Football in Guinea-Bissau"
Photographer: Daniel Rodrigues (Portugal)
Date: March 3, 2012
Location: Dulombi, Guinea Bissau
Caption: "Many young football players around the world touch their first ball on a field of bare dirt. Here, a youth group plays on a 'football field' that was the site of military barracks and fields of the former Portuguese colony in the country."
Title: "Joy at the End of the Run"
Photographer: Wei Seng Chen (Malayasia)
Date: Feb. 12, 2012
Location: Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Caption: "A jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields. The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages."
Title: "Little Survivor"
Date: Feb. 27, 2012
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Caption: "Milan Ponjiger survived a fall from the sixth floor, but his mother and father did not. 'We jumped from our balcony, because we had big financial problems,' he said. The economic crisis in Serbia has been going on since early 1990 as a result of the war in the former Yugoslavia."
Title: "Daniel Kaluuya"
Photographer: Nadav Kander
Date: Jan. 4, 2012
Location: London, UK
Caption: "Actor Daniel Kaluuya."
Title: "Southern Cassowary"
Photographer: Christian Ziegler (Germany)
Date:Nov. 16, 2012
Location: Black Mountain Road, Australia
Caption: "The endangered Southern Cassowary feeds on the fruit of the Blue Quandang tree. Cassowaries are a keystone species in northern Australian rainforests because of their ability to carry so many big seeds such long distances."