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Photography: world press photo

Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious press photography contests in the world, World Press Photo at London's Hayward Gallery features 200 images capturing the most powerful, provocative and moving news events of 1998. Chosen by an international jury from more than 36,000 entries from 116 countries, the competition runs the gamut of photojournalism to include sport (Craig Golding's entry pictured right), science and technology, as well as the arts, nature and the environment. The award for World Press Photo of the Year for 1998 went to Dayna Smith for her stirring image of a widow in Kosovo. All prize-winning entries are included in the 1999 Annual Year Book, published by Thames and Hudson, priced pounds 12.95.

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