The World's Most Arresting Images

21 award-winning pics from the 53rd annual World Press Photo contest.
World Press Photo 2010 Winners

The annual World Press Photo contest is the preeminent competition for photojournalism, recognizing the best photographs taken worldwide. With the call for entries for the 2011 contest under way, we thought it'd be worth revisiting the 2010 winners.

More than 100,000 images were submitted by 5,847 photographers for the 53rd annual World Press Photo contest. Winners this year included Mother Jones contributors Marco Vernaschi (for his Pulitzer Center work on drug trafficking in Guinea Bissau) and Eugene Richards (for his ongoing series on returning Iraq war veterans, "War Is Personal.") Italian photographer Pietro Masturzo took the top prize for his haunting photo of Iranian protesters shouting from rooftops during the June uprising in Tehran.