A Selection of This Year’s World Press Photo Winners

The 55th World Press Photo Contest has rounded up some of the most chilling and gorgeous photographs taken in 2011, capturing revolutions, natural disasters, and all the violence and beauty that shook the world last year. We weren’t surprised to see Donald Weber’s images of the tense hell inside a police interrogation room, or some of the iconic images that dominated the news, like the young rejected “bride” attempting suicide in China. We were however happily surprised by master photographer Guillaume Herbaut and his portrait of the provocative, topless protestors from Ukraine and Johnny Haglund’s almost surrealist photograph of a young girl fishing in the Congo river. From over 100,000 submissions, the judges have culled this powerful gallery of winners. We’ve made you a smaller one. See them and be moved. A warning: Some of these are graphic and NSFW.

Photo credit: Johnny Haglund, A Mouthful. A girl fishes in the Congo River.