Danish photographer Mads Nissen’s image of a gay couple sharing an intimate moment in Russia has won a prestigious contest.
Judges of World Press Photo 2014 said they were swayed by the power and message the image sent.
Human Rights Watch said in December that Russia had failed to stop an increase in homophobic attacks, a hike it blamed on a 2013 law which banned people providing information on homosexuality to those under 18.
The prize-winning pictures – which you can browse in our special gallery below – will be part of a exhibition that will visit 100 cities in 45 countries. The first showcase opens in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, on April 18.
World Press Photo, based in the Netherlands, was founded in 1955 to support and advance high standards of photojournalism.