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A photo of an elderly man leading a disabled woman by the hand into a living room with a large, framed portrait drawing on the wall.

Alejandro Kirchuk, Argentina “Never Let You Go”, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 26 May 2009. This photo of an elderly man leading a disabled woman into their living room, won 1st prize in the Daily Life Stories category

The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Southbank Centre, bringing together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year. Richard Downes trips through the horrors to find glimmers of hope