For the second straight year, amateur and professional photographers from around the world have submitted images for Washington-based NGO Freedom House's "Images of Freedom and Repression." Out of hundreds of submissions, Freedom House has selected 25 to be auctioned at an event in Washington, D.C. on April 18. Three photos were selected as winners. Here is a selection of the images, which capture the daily struggles and aspirations of people living in some of the world's most repressive countries.
Ahmed al-Fardan: "Political Participation and Toxic Gas"
July 24, 2012
An anti-government protester is shrouded by a cloud of toxic gas shot by Bahraini riot police. Authorities in Bahrain regularly quash protests in support of human rights and democracy with tear gas and other crowd-control methods.