The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Southbank Centre, bringing together the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.

This year, award-winning photographs from around the world capture conflicts in Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan and Sudan.

The sport category covers the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the nature category includes spectacular views of the underwater world.

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

This year, 103,481 images were submitted to the contest, from which more than 350 winning photographs were selected. Entries were submitted by 5,666 photographers, representing 124 different nationalities.

Exhibited without censorship in 45 countries all over the world, the World Press Photo Exhibition offers an international showcase for all of the competition's prize-winning entries, and is considered by many to set a standard in the field of photojournalism.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

Friday 8th November – Tuesday 26th November
10am – 11pm
Level 2 Foyers, Royal Festival Hall