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2012 World Press Photo

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World Press Photo 12 is a photo exhibition that inspires the understanding of the world through creative and quality photojournalism.

This year, the exhibition contains over 160 photographs, including those captured during recent or ongoing conflicts. The latter builds upon the Museum’s display of post-Cold War conflict and underlines how these events continue to shape the world.

This exhibition is developed and circulated by World Press Photo and is presented at the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.

The Canadian War Museum is the first of four Canadian venues on the international tour.

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This presentation contains subject matter that some visitors may find disturbing. 

Image: World Press Photo of the Year 2011

Fatima al-Qaws cradles her son Zayed (18), who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after participating in a street demonstration, in Sanaa, Yemen, on 15 October.

Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times