The winning photo, entitled ‘Goodbye in Gaza’, was captured by Spanish photographer Bernat Armangué.

‘No matter which side of a conflict you are covering, nobody enjoys taking pictures in moments like this,’ Armangué told BBC News last year.

The photographer, who works for Associated Press, added: ‘For years, I’ve covered both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian problem and I’ve seen people from both sides mourning their lost ones. I guess this is what this picture shows: the price of war, no matter who or where you are.’

The same image scooped first place in the spot news category of the World Press Photo awards earlier this year.

The China International Press Photo Competition was set up in 2005 and is organised by the Photojournalist Society of China.

To view this year’s winning images click HERE