World Press Photo of the Year 2007

Many of you will have seen the World Press Photo of the Year 2007 by
now.

The international jury of the 51st annual World Press Photo Contest
selected a color image of the UK photographer Tim Hetherington as
World Press Photo of the Year 2007.

The picture was taken 16 September 2007 and shows a US soldier resting at “Restrepo” bunker, named after a soldier from his platoon who was recently killed by insurgents. The 2nd Battalion Airborne of the 503rd US infantry is undergoing a deployment in the Korengal Valley in the Eastern province of Afghanistan. The valley is infamous as the site of
downing of a US helicopter and has seen some of the most intense
fighting in the country.

Hetherington’s photograph is part of a picture story that was also
awarded 2nd Prize in General News Stories. He had traveled to
Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Fair.

“This image shows the exhaustion of a man – and the exhaustion of a
nation,” says jury chairman Gary Knight, and adds “We’re all
connected to this. It’s a picture of a man at the end of a line.”

Fellow juror MaryAnne Golon commented: “I use all my energy to have
people notice bad things. There’s a human quality to this picture. It
says that conflict is the basis of this man’s life.”

Click here and enjoy the award winning photos.

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