Captured on camera - some striking images from across the world.
The World Press Photo exhibition arrives in Northern Ireland for the first time on Monday.
The exhibition's 150 photographs were chosen from 98,000 images submitted by 5,754 journalists from 132 nations.
American photographer John Stanmeyer was selected by the international jury of the 57th annual contest to win Photo of the Year.
Other prize-winners hail from the far corners of the globe, including Iran, Serbia and Mexico.
A series of events exploring journalism, law and rights will complement the week-long exhibition, hosted by Queen's University Belfast.
Alliance Anna Lo MLA, the first ethnic Chinese person elected to a legislative parliament in Europe, will reflect on racism in Northern Ireland.
And Professor Kevin Heller, Human Rights Watch's external legal adviser on the trial of Saddam Hussein, will discuss amnesties and transitional justice, among a number of other events.
Professor Sally Wheeler, head of the School of Law at Queen's, said: "This global event celebrates the best in photo journalism around the world.
"We look forward to welcoming media and the public from around the world to Belfast and to Queen's."