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The gripping images nominated for World Press Photo of the year

Take a look at the six powerful photographs that have been shortlisted for the prestigious award.

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The gripping images nominated for World Press Photo of the year

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World Press Photo has named the six finalists for its prestigious photo of the year award, with nominated images highlighting issues of terrorism, war and political violence.

The announcement on Wednesday was a landmark move for World Press Photo, which has historically announced the winners shortly after the judging.

The annual prize honours the photographer whose visual creativity made an image that captures an event or issue of great journalistic importance.

“The best visual journalism is not of something; it is about something. It should matter to the people to whom it speaks,” said Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation.

The winner will be announced on April 12 in an awards ceremony in Amsterdam.

But what are the photos that have caught the judges’ attention?

1. Rohingya Crisis

Patrick Brown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef - September 28, 2017

The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. 

Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors.

2. Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. – Aisha, age 14

Adam Ferguson for The New York Times - September 21, 2017

Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.

3. Witnessing the Immediate Aftermath of an Attack in the Heart of London

Toby Melville for Reuters - March 22, 2017

A passerby comforts an injured woman lying on the pavement after Khalid Masood drove his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, UK, killing five and injuring multiple others.

4. The Battle for Mosul – Lined Up for an Aid Distribution

Ivor Prickett for The New York Times - March 15, 2017 

Civilians who had remained in west Mosul after the battle to take the city line up for aid in the Mamun neighbourhood.

5. The Battle for Mosul – Young Boy Is Cared for by Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers

Ivor Prickett for The New York Times - July 12, 2017

An unidentified young boy, who was carried out of the last ISIS-controlled area in the Old City by a man suspected of being a militant, is cared for by Iraqi Special Forces soldiers.

6. Venezuela Crisis

Ronaldo Schemidt for Agence France-Presse - May 3, 2017

José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.