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In Pictures: World Press Photo competition winners

These are the striking images which have been named the best in the world at the World Press Photo competition.

One black and white photograph portrays history in the making as a prayerful US President Barack Obama attends his Inauguration in Washington in January.

Another image is of England's Jonathan Trott being run out at the fifth Ashes Test, played at the Brit Oval last summer. Photographer Gareth Copley said: “It was the first day of an Ashes Test at the Oval and things were not really going my way for five hours, and then suddenly Jonathan Trott is run out.”

But the most haunting of the photographs depicts a blood-stained Afghan woman being rushed from the scene of a suicide bombing in Kabul in December.

Belfast Telegraph picture editor Gerry FitzGerald said: “Taking pictures for newspapers is the art of photographing ordinary life in an extraordinary way to capture and convey the emotion of the moment.

"If the reader gets the same feeling inside when they look at the picture that the photographer got when he shot it then we have a great picture that may leave a mark in our memories for a long time.”

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