Photo Gallery UNICEF Photos of the Year 2007

From pre-teen brides to child laborers, the images honored as photographs of the year by the United Nations Children's Fund depict the mistreatment of children worldwide.
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This sobering image, showing a 40-year-old groom sitting beside his 11-year-old future bride in Afghanistan, brought Stephanie Sinclair top honors in the annual Photo of the Year contest sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Foto: Stephanie Sinclair
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Second-place honors went to GMB Akash, of Bangladesh, whose winning photo shows a 12-year-old boy toiling in a Bangladeshi brickyard. UNICEF studies conclude that 4.7 million children between five and 14 years of age are involved in child labor in that country.

Foto: Panos Pictures / G M B Akash
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"A Mother's Journey": The American photographer Renee C. Byer took this picture as part of a series about a single mother with five children and a son suffering from terminal cancer. He died in 2006.

Foto: Renée C. Bayer
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Finbarr O'Reilly recieved an honorable mention for his photo "A House of Hope," an image of Lopez Vidal, right, and Aron Masahuka, both afflicted with polio, languishing in an ill-equipped hospital in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Foto: REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly
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Wolfram Hahn made a series of photos titled "A Disenchanted Playroom" to accompany a study about the television-viewing habits of German children.

Foto: Wolfram Hahn
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The third-place photograph was taken by German photographer Hartmut Schwarzbach. His picture depicts a nine-year-old girl jumping in glee on her birthday in the midst of a smoldering garbage dump outside of Manila.

Foto: Argus / Hartmut Schwarzbach
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Hatem Moussa won an honorable mention for "Life in Gaza": Palestinian children were rushed from a car into a hospital after their homes were hit by Israeli shelling in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya in April, 2006. An eight-year-old child was killed in the attack and 13 other children were injured.

Foto: AP / Hatem Moussa
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Joseline Ingabire, 37, an HIV-positive Rwandan woman, is pictured with her daughter Leah Batamuliza, 11. This photo by Jonathon Torgovnik accompanied a story in Newsweek magazine about women who were raped during the Rwandan civil war and their children today.

Foto: Jonathan Torgovnik
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Musa Sadulayew made this photo as a part of a series called "Chechnya's Forgotten Children."

Foto: Musa Sadulayev
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Boys hang from a bar for five minutes as part of a physical training exercise at the Gymnastics Hall of the Shanghai University of Sports. The photo was part of Nir Elias's series "Pain Threshold -- Sports Education in China."

Foto: Nir Elias
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"Sumo Boys in Japan": Steven Achiam took a series of pictures depicting life in the Hiragaya sumo club, where boys train until they have beaten a strong opponent 10 times.

Foto: Steven Achiam