Wednesday, January 9, 2008

{photojournalism at its best}

januray 10th is the last day to submit photos to the world press photo of the year contest. the winning images reflect the state of the world and looking back through the archives you can see how far humanity has evolved or stood still. enjoy!

check the world press website in the second week of feburary to see the 2007 winners.

here is the photo of the year winner in 1955. Mogens von Haven, photographer, Denmark.
caption: Volk Mølle racecourse, Randers, Denmark, 28 August 1955. A competitor tumbles off his motorcycle during a motorcross championships.

Mike Wells, photographer
Karamoja district, Uganda, April 1980. Starving boy and a missionary.

Wells felt indignant that the same publication that sat on his picture for five months without publishing it, while people were dying, entered it into a competition. He was embarrassed to win as he never entered the competition himself, and was against winning prizes with pictures of people starving to death.

spencer platte, getty images

caption: Young Lebanese drive down a street in Haret Hreik, a bombed neighborhood in southern Beirut, Lebanon, on August 15. For nearly five weeks Israel had been targeting that part of the city and towns acrosssouthern Lebanon in a campaign against Hezbollah militants. As a ceasefire gradually came into force from August 14, thousands of Lebanese began to return to their homes. According to the Lebanese government, 15,000 homes and 900 commercial concerns were damaged.

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