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The World Press Photo contest has been splashed across headlines today and every one of the images – whether they be Cartier-Bresson-esque shots of the World Swimming Championships or heart rendering war torn photographs – are incredibly inspiring and prove the old adage "A picture tells a thousand words" to be true.
|The World Press Photo of the Year, by Samuel Aranda. A woman holds a wounded relative in her arms during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen|
|Iranian actress, Mellica Mehraban by Laerke Posselt|
|On Revolution Road by Yuri Kozyrev|
|Maria, an addict and sex worker between clients in the Ukraine by Brent Stirton|
|World Swimming Championships by Adam Petty Love, love, LOVE this! Check out the rest of the story here|
|More to get inspired by after the jump|
|Mubarak Steps Down by Alex Majoli|
|Toku Konno a survivor of the 2011 Tsunami by Denis Rouvre|
|Shark Fin by Paul Hilton. Really, HOW much do you REALLY want that soup? Scientists have recently reported that as many as 90percent of the sharks in the world's open oceans have disappeared because of the growing demand for shark fin soup.|
|North Korea by Damir Sagolj. A picture of North Korea's founder, Kim ll-sung, decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang.|
Credit where credit's due: World Press Photo