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30 past winners of World Press Photo of the Year

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For more than 50 years, the annual World Press Photo contest attracts entries from the highest calibre of press photographers across the world.

In preparation for this year's awards, we look back at 30 overall winners dating all the way back to 1955. These images are, truly, some of the best press photos of the last 50 years. 

(All text and images courtesy of World Press Photo. Above Clockwise: © John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic; Hanns-Jörg Anders, Germany, Stern; Charlie Cole, USA, Newsweek; James Nachtwey, USA, Magnum Photos for Time)

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