The world revolves.

Millions of stories unfold every single second in all their complexity and all their wonderful uniqueness.

Despite the importance each story and moment has to the individuals involved, they usually remain in their little world, they carry on and are then forgotten.

The beauty of a photograph is that it captures some of these stories and makes them eternal. As John Roshenthal said, “To be a photographer is to be a connoisseur of vanishing acts”

The following photographs are a selection of some of winners of the World Press Photograph Awards 2012

Maria, a drug-addicted sex worker, resting between clients in the room she rents in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine.

Fatima al-Qaws cradling her son Zayed (18), who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after participating in an anti-government demonstration, in Sanaa, Yemen.

Pictured are Tahani (in pink), who was married at the age of six, and her former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, standing with their husbands outside their home in Hajjah, Yemen

Chieko Matsukawa is pictured holding up her daughter’s graduation certificate, which she salvaged from the ruins of their home in Higashimatsushima.

Divers practice during the second day of the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships, in Shanghai, China

Rebels battle against government forces for Ras Lanuf, an oil-refining town on the Libyan coast, on 11 March last year.

A young male polar bear climbs on a cliff face above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie, in northern Novaya Zemlya, Russia, attempting unsuccessfully to feed on eggs from the nests of Brünnich’s guillemots.

An anti-poaching team guards a northern white rhino, part of a 24-hour watch, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

Marcos and Monica were married for 65 years and, for much of that time, lived in the same apartment in Buenos Aires. In 2007, aged 84, Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Marcos looked after her himself, coping with the emotional and physical stress of being a caregiver

Demonstrators in Tahrir Square, Cairo, react to a televised speech on 10 February 2011.

Blackrock College scrum-half Conor Crowley releases the ball after a ruck.

More World Press Photographs can be found here

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