African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. By John Stanmeyer, USA.
A group of blind albino boys photographed in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India. This is one of the very few schools for the blind in India today. Photo: Brent Stirton, South Africa.
A cougar walking a trail in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is captured by a camera trap. To reach the park, which has been the cougar’s home for the last two years it had to cross two of the busiest highways in the US. Photo: Steve Winter, USA
Syrian rebel fighters take cover amid flying debris and shrapnel after being hit by a tank shell fired towards them by the Syrian Army in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus. Photo: Goran Tomasevic, Serbia.
Survivors of typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa, on the eastern island of Leyte. One of the strongest cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan left 8,000 people dead and missing and more than four million homeless after it hit the central Philippines. Photo: Philippe Lopez, France
Swedish athlete Nadja Casadei has participated in the World and European Championships in heptathlon. In autumn 2013, she was diagnosed with cancer and by January 2014 she completed her chemotherapy. She has continued to train throughout her illness, hoping to be healthy and ready by the summer for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Peter Holgersson, Sweden.
Pablo Mac Donough of Dolfina falls from his horse during the Argentine Polo Open in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Emiliano Lasalvia, Argentina.
A flock of Guillemots in a snowstorm in Vardo, Norway. Photo: Markus Varesvuo, Finland..
Hannah and Alena, two sisters living in the rural village of Merkenbrechts, Austria. Photo: Carla Kogelman, the Netherlands.
If you need a tonic for the mid-Autumn blues, head over to Southbank Centre and get lost in the amazing images that make up the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 exhibition. These 143 pictures were whittled down from 98,671 submissions entered by photographers from a total of 132 countries. The winning shots capture hard news, portraits and sports.
They depict powerful fleeting moments worth well over a thousand words each. We could describe them all to you but rather than write 143,000 words here, we simply suggest you head to Southbank to take a look for yourself.
World Press Photo of The Year 2014 can be found on the level 2 foyers in the Royal Festival Hall, from 7-26 November, 10am–11pm. Free.
Last Updated 29 October 2014