10 most iconic photos ever taken

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Every now and then a photo is taken that presents such a powerful and unforgettable image.

Annually the vote for the Press Photo of the Year is taken during the World Press Photo Awards for an image that “… is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity.”

Here are our top 10 picks for most iconic photos ever taken.

Warning: Some of these photos may not be suitable for sensitive viewers.

Soldiers lie in the trenches while a tank passes over them during the Siege of Leningrad.


Famine victim Sudan 1993.


Tereska, a child in a residence for disturbed children, grew up in a concentration camp. She drew a picture of home on the blackboard. Poland, 1948


"A father stares at the hands of his five year-old daughter, which were severed as a punishment for having harvested too little caoutchouc/rubber"


Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, in front of Adolf Hitler. Hitler was said to be furious because he had intended that the games would prove the superiority of the white Germanic people.


At about 100 meters from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Challenger, Bruce McCandless II was further out than anyone had ever been before.


Six year old orphan has just been given new shoes by the Red Cross.


One of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days, and this photo was taken shortly before she died.


Probably one of the most famous photos ever, Phan Thi Kim Phuc screams in pain after her home was struck by napalm. On the right Kim Phuc in happier times but still carrying her scars.


“At the bottom of the Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier, her falling body punched into the top of a car.”

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