The Lebanese capital, well known for its cosmopolitan profile and colourful nightlife, was the target of bombardment during the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.
Spencer Platt's award-wining photo shows a group of wealthy young people cruising through Shia-dominated southern Beirut, as thousands of Lebanese returned home to a neighbourhood that had been badly affected by the bombing.
The month-long conflict cost more than a thousand lives, the majority of them Lebanese citizens.
This picture won the World Press Photo of the Year award for 2006.
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The judges were Jason Cowley, Jonathan Dimbleby, Stuart Franklin, Rebecca McClelland and Jon Snow.