Warning: this article contains some distressing images. We'll ease you in gently with some orang-utans.
We all know what's happening in Syria is horrific, but often it takes a photograph to stop us in our tracks and really think about it. These preview photos, part of this year's World Press Photo exhibition, are extremely shocking, and set quite a precedent — we expect that each and every visitor will be moved when the exhibition opens in November.
There will be horrific sights including children maimed and killed in air strikes in Syria, and gang violence in Honduras. Natural disasters and environmentalism will also be widely represented.
It may be hard to stomach, but it's a sign of powerful and successful photojournalism when the images force you to stop and think. It's this success that the World Press Photo exhibition recognises, with a selection of the most powerful photographs over the last year — and it's been quite a distressing year judging by these images.
The exhibition returns to its usual location of Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, and the preview images suggest it will be another year of hard-hitting photographs.
London is spoiled with the number of annual photography exhibitions we have, but this is one we always make the effort to visit.
World Press Photo 16 is on at Level 2, Royal Festival Hall from 4-21 November. Entrance is free.