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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Canadian photographer Finbarr O’Reilly wins premier award

The international jury of the 49th annual World Press Photo contest selected a color image of the Canadian photographer Finbarr O'Reilly of Reuters as World Press Photo of the Year 2005. The picture shows the emaciated fingers of a one-year-old child pressed against the lips of his mother at an emergency feeding clinic in Niger. A devastating swarm of locusts and the worst drought in decades left millions of people short of food in the African state. The picture was taken in Tahoua, northwestern Niger, on 1 August 2005.
World Press Photo jury chairman James Colton described the winning image: "This picture has haunted me ever since I first saw it two weeks ago. It has stayed in my head, even after seeing all the thousands of others during the competition. This image has everything - beauty, horror and despair. It is simple, elegant and moving."

Funny how pictures that show all the misery of humanity compete for the best prize each year...
Full gallery of winning photos since 1950 here.

Comments on "Canadian photographer Finbarr O’Reilly wins premier award"


Blogger Maldoror said ... (4:08 AM) : 

Spot on! Very touching photo indeed Del! :)


Anonymous bashir said ... (12:26 PM) : 

Spot News: 1st prize singles was won by:
Mohamed Azakir, Lebanon, Reuters.
Photo of:
Car bomb explosion, Beirut, Lebanon,
14 February

the link to the photo (too bad it is not shorter):



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