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The most powerful images of 2014: immigration, Ebola, Ukraine, ISIS, and more

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It seems unbelievable, but the photo is real. They're smiling because, against all odds, they are still alive. They traveled on this boat, risking their lives and their children's lives while crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better future. They're escaping wars in Syria and Libya and poverty in Africa.

This is another face of immigration, a terrified African man trying to enter Spain.

Those are just two of the many images included in the World Press Photo exhibit in Rome for the next few weeks. All of them have received the prestigious award, which was created in 1955.

The most breathtaking photographs, which have occupied the front pages of newspapers across the world, were included in this year's collection.

These are the faces of young people who have not yet returned home. They are the students abducted by Boko Haram from a Christian school in northern Nigeria in April, 2015. 

The passengers of the Malaysia Airlines flight which was downed in Ukraine also experienced total injustice and tragedy. There, the war is tearing the country apart.

Another powerful war image comes from the Syrian city of Kobane, when it was under siege by the Islamic State.

Small, everyday activity is also depicted in these photos from throughout the world. In Mongolia, an Italian photojournalist spent a month with a nomadic family who is beginning to face modernity.

MICHELE PALAZZI
Photography Winner
"I've always felt nostalgia for the things that are disappearing and soon cease to exist. So I decided to understand and analyze the process photographically.”

Another contest winner said that he wants to provoke a debate about the use of animal fur in the fashion industry through his photography.

PAOLO MARCHETTI
Photography Winner
"I try to revisit the question of how necessary is this kind of sacrifice, which affects millions of animals each year.”

One example of how mankind can clash with nature is depicted from the eyes of a monkey, which is trained with pain at a circus in China.

Much suffering is depicted across the world: from Liberia's deadly Ebola outbreak, to children in Gaza who were killed by an Israeli missile while playing soccer on a beach.

But the collection also captures moments of human greatness. One shows an Iranian mother forgiving her son's murderer, shortly before the man was going to be executed for his actions.


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