Swede Paul Hansen was announced Friday as the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 prize for a shot portraying the desperation of a group of Palestinian men during a funeral procession in Gaza.

The Nov. 20 photo by Hansen, who works for Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, shows a group of men devastated by the death of two small brothers and their father, whose bodies are being carried to a mosque for their funeral.

The three died when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile attack.

Spain's Bernat Armangue, an Associated Press photographer, was honored with first prize in the category of spot news series for several images that capture the suffering of the Gaza population during the Israeli offensive in November.

Another AP photographer, Argentine Rodrigo Abd, took first prize in the category of general news single photograph, for a March 10 photo of a bloodied, weeping woman in Idib, Syria.

The injured woman's husband and two children were killed when the Syrian army shelled the family's home.

The international jury of World Press Photo honored 54 photographers of 32 nationalities in nine subject categories. EFE