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