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Pictures of the Year 2011

Photographer Stories
Photographer Stories
EGYPT/
RTXX77Q
January 28, 2011
“I was in south Sudan covering the referendum when I found out that there were going to be protests in...
Cairo, Egypt
A protester stands in front of a burning barricade during a demonstration in Cairo
“I was in south Sudan covering the referendum when I found out that there were going to be protests in Egypt. I felt that there could be big troubles, so I returned to Egypt. I arrived at 8am and dropped my bags at home and then went to the office. Later in the afternoon clashes began in Cairo. People were shouting and the police came out on the streets. There were protesters, riot police and also plainclothes police. The plainclothes police started chasing people around: kicking them, beating them. I had to shoot quickly. I saw a lot of plainclothes police standing in a line like soldiers. There were some street battles with civilians. The next day we knew it was going to be a big protest so I took my camera downtown to look for possible trouble. We went to a couple of neighborhoods but people were walking through the small streets heading towards the city center. One moment we witnessed some clashes. Police started to fight and the protesters fought back.”<br><Br>
A protester stands in front of a burning barricade during a demonstration in Cairo January 28, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (EGYPT - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E7BB0T3701
SINGAPORE/
RTR2MH7O
May 15, 2011
“We took off smoothly for the short flight from Singapore to Jakarta, and I started falling asleep. Suddenly...
Singapore, Singapore
Passengers on Cathay Pacific flight CX715 prepare to disembark from the aeroplane after it landed safely...
“We took off smoothly for the short flight from Singapore to Jakarta, and I started falling asleep. Suddenly I was woken by the sound of two bangs, like a bomb or truck tire blowing out. My wife gripped my hand and asked “Do you smell something burning?” Yes, there was a sharp smell stinging my nose. I realized there was something wrong because all the stewardesses ran back with the food carts."<br><BR>

The plane started to vibrate, harder and harder. I held my wife’s hand tightly and looked at her face as she started praying. My two younger children were asleep, after their first ever trip abroad, but not Pradipta, the eldest one. “Pra look through the window and watch outside,” I said. “I see light, I see fire, I see fire,” he said. Then the electricity was switched off. I realized the plane, an Airbus A330, had a big problem. I was afraid because I thought we would die. Pradipta looked into my eyes and asked: “Will we die?” I was afraid and could not answer the question. I looked at all my children’s faces and held my lovely wife’s hands tightly. During my many years of assignments as a Reuters photojournalist, when flying I have imagined being on a plane that had a problem that forced an emergency landing, and then taking pictures. But I never imagined this situation with my family. But it happened. We will die together, so we can fly to heaven together, I thought. If we die together, I will not miss my wife’s delicious cooking. I will not miss the smell of my kids’ sweat. There will be no tears among us. My thoughts, to my surprise, stopped me being afraid any more.

“Will we die?” Pradipta asked again. I looked into his eyes, held his hand tightly and said: “No, we’re alive, we’re still alive,” then I gave him a high five just as if we were playing basketball. After that, I became calm because I was not afraid to die because we would all die together. I started to adjust my camera, which was hanging around my neck. I set the ISO higher, set the white balance, checked the battery was full and saw I had around 300 clicks for the rest of the memory card. I started to take pictures, though it was dark. I forgot my camera had a full HD video, so I forgot to record the situation.

After 20 years living as a photographer, I was thinking as a photographer. I saw a steward sitting in front of me and shouted: “What happened?” “The engine is on fire and we are flying back to Singapore,” he replied. My wife put life vests on herself and the kids, though there had been no order to do so, and other passengers followed. I asked Pradipta to look out of the window, and he said he could still see a lot of light and we were over the sea. The plane was vibrating but still flying. I opened all my senses to prepare for everything, and heard the airplane wheels come out. We landed and stopped on the tarmac. I heard the captain say: “I am Captain Brad, the situation is under control and our engine fire has been extinguished. Please wait in a line and walk to exit through the front door, don’t run. And the ground crew will take care of you. Thank you.”

Passengers on Cathay Pacific flight CX715 prepare to disembark from the aeroplane after it landed safely at Changi Airport in Singapore May 16, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta (SINGAPORE - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
LIBYA
RTR2JDWX
March 03, 2011
“We were just passing by an area, not really the front line. We pushed ahead but didn’t see anybody so...
Ras Lanuf, Libya
Rebels hold a young man at gunpoint who they accuse of being a loyalist to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi...
“We were just passing by an area, not really the front line. We pushed ahead but didn’t see anybody so we came back to a checkpoint, somewhere between Ras Lanuf and Brega. We heard that the rebels had some mercenaries. They ended up in this room and they were talking to us. They didn’t look like mercenaries at all. One moment, they took one of them out and they put him on the ground and they interrogated him. They pointed fingers and a gun at him. I was really confused as I don’t understand the language. They took him away in a car. I don’t believe they killed him, I think they took him to Benghazi. They really didn’t look like mercenaries; just young kids under 20 years old. They were wearing nice shoes and jeans. They looked like immigrants. I guess here they don’t want to say that they are Libyans fighting Libyans. It was a bad moment. This gun was not locked at all. This is one of those situations: do you want to do pictures or do you want to react? I’m a photographer and I don’t want to interfere but at the same time I don’t want this young boy’s head to be blown off. It was really difficult for me to focus on the job.” <br><br>
Rebels hold a young man at gunpoint, who they accuse of being a loyalist to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, between the towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf, March 3, 2011.
REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
BRITAIN-RIOT/
RTR2PQKI
August 07, 2011
I took this photo just around the corner from my flat, in Clarence road in Hackney, on the third night...
London, United Kingdom
Looters rampage through a convenience store in Hackney, east London
I took this photo just around the corner from my flat, in Clarence road in Hackney, on the third night of rioting and looting in the British capital. I'd heard of photographers being mugged for their gear and assaulted during the riots so I arranged to meet up with some other snappers when I arrived. At the top of the street there was a burning car, lines of riot police with dogs and hooded men throwing bottles, sticks and stones.

Suddenly the police withdrew, leaving the rioters to it. I could see people climbing in and out of a shop with smashed windows, so I went to have a look. There were a lot of men and women looting the shop and at first no one noticed me. I started to shoot and, like you do, with every frame I took another step into the shop and away from a safe exit. The shop had been trashed inside and a couple of men were filling their bags with bottles of spirits and cigarettes. Another checked the till. I kept shooting until one of them noticed me. The last frame I have is of him looking at me as he pulls himself up onto the counter.

I left the shop but two large looters came over and accused me of being police. There was a bit of pushing and pulling as they tried to take my cameras. Luckily some of the other photographers who had been with me when I arrived came over and pulled me away. It was a lesson, not only in not overstaying your welcome, but also how important your colleagues are.”<br><br>

Looters rampage through a convenience store in Hackney, east London August 8, 2011. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (BRITAIN - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GREECE
RTR2NOTA
June 15, 2011
“There was a planned protest march against a parliamentary vote on Greece’s five-year austerity plan...
Athens, Greece
Tourists run from teargas in central Athens during anti-austerity protests
“There was a planned protest march against a parliamentary vote on Greece’s five-year austerity plan that included tax hikes and government spending cuts, which degenerated into a violent clash between protesters and riot police.

I was standing on the elevated entrance of a central hotel on Syntagma square with other photographers covering the clashes. The police had just pushed back protesters with the use of teargas. Suddenly, through a cloud of teargas, a group of frightened tourists appeared, with luggage in hand and covering their noses, and started running towards us. The scene was totally surreal: In the middle of a stone war and teargas, tourists visiting Athens on their summer holidays were trying to reach their hotel.

I didn’t think twice, I lifted my camera and followed their agonizing effort until they reached the hotel entrance where we were standing. The door opened and they vanished behind it, safe and into a reality much different from the one that was evolving before me.” <br><br>
Tourists run from teargas in central Athens during anti-austerity protests, June 15, 2011. REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL-MASSACRE/
RTR2KYZP
April 07, 2011
”The murder of 12 children in a Rio de Janeiro school was the most difficult story I’ve done. An unprecedented...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Relatives of one of the victims of Thursday's shooting at Tasso da Silveira school carry a family member...
”The murder of 12 children in a Rio de Janeiro school was the most difficult story I’ve done. An unprecedented story in Brazil, it shocked the entire society and for us journalists, it was no different. On the day after the massacre we were covering the victims’ funerals and the strong emotions of the families and friends. As I reached the cemetery the first scene I came across was one of a fainted mother being carried, after having suffered a crisis at the child’s wake. I took a few shots, and while they went in search of medical assistance I tried to understand what was happening around me. As I observed what was happening all around, l was also thinking of how to work surrounded by so much pain, including the pain that I felt myself.” <br><br>
Relatives of one of the victims of Thursday's shooting at Tasso da Silveira school carry a family member who had fainted while attending the funeral at Realengo cemetery in Rio de Janeiro April 8, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)
CHILE-VOLCANO/
RTR2P38L
June 05, 2011
“That night was very cold and from the Earth's depths came strong rumbling, as if the ground was going...
PUYEHUE, Chile
Lightning flashes around the ash plume above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos
“That night was very cold and from the Earth's depths came strong rumbling, as if the ground was going to open and swallow us. As the sky was illuminated with a strong red light, lightning struck all around as if it were the end of the world. There was a strong smell of sulfur and ash all around. The ash plume reached more than 12 miles into the air, high enough for it to be easily seen from space as it crossed the continent. The ash damaged places in Chile and Argentina, causing loss of cattle, contamination of lakes and rivers, respiratory illness, and cancelation of flights."<br><br>
Lightning flashes around the ash plume above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez (CHILE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
VENEZUELA/
RTR2QN9L
August 31, 2011
“I’d been working on this project for around 25 days to document the story of the drug rehab center Nosotros...
Caracas, Venezuela
Patient in drug rehabilitation helps to move old man from wheelchair to his bed, after bathing him at...
“I’d been working on this project for around 25 days to document the story of the drug rehab center Nosotros Unidos. At dawn on August 27, after having worked the night on the streets of Caracas with the center’s social workers to try and convince addicts to come off the streets, this image appeared to me. I had slept only three hours on a cot after the long night, like many of the program’s participants. The image came to me as one that perfectly summed up everything that I had experienced inside. Danny Martinez, a patient in the center, lifted up a naked elderly man from his wheelchair to place him in bed and get him dressed, after having helped him to bathe."<br><br>

Danny Martinez, 36, a patient in drug rehabilitation, helps to move an old man from a wheelchair to his bed, after bathing him at the Nosotros Unidos rehabilitation centre for drug and alcohol addicts in the low-income neighborhood of Coche in Caracas August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: SOCIETY DRUGS)
QUAKE-HAITI/
RTXWDI9
January 09, 2011
“One of the best views of Port-au-Prince is from a hilltop neighborhood called Fort National-- a steep...
Port Au Prince, Haiti
Florestal and Altidon stand on the edge of their partially destroyed apartment of Port-au-Prince
“One of the best views of Port-au-Prince is from a hilltop neighborhood called Fort National-- a steep five-minute ride from downtown. Eighty percent of the buildings in this densely packed area were leveled in the 2010 earthquake, providing an unobstructed 360-degree visual city tour from the crushed cathedral to the rockslide-scarred hills across the harbor. But residents say that because there was no central tent camp set up here, they were largely bypassed by help from the government and aid groups. Around the time I was assigned to photograph the run-up to the quake's first anniversary, billboards were popping up with architectural renderings of the "new Fort National" to be built. Palm trees, pedestrian paths; Miami style. Locals were told to abandon their efforts to rebuild their homes-- they would get new, government subsidized ones. I immediately knew I would start the day shooting there.

I found Orich Florestal and Rosemond Altidon standing on a slab of concrete jutting from the second floor of a half-missing building, their home, watching the sun rise. They invited me up to their "balcony"-- a former bedroom in the same apartment block their families had been living in for years. Tall cracks exposed rebar in the walls of the first floor rooms, all inhabited by other families.

We could hear earthmovers firing up to start clearing debris on the other side of the hill. But we could also hear the sound of hand tools directly below us. A man was laboriously chipping cement off of the few intact cinderblocks a family had scavenged from their fallen home, carting the blocks some yards up the hill to create the foundation of a new one -- in the heart of the area slated to be cleared for condos.

Futility or prescience?

Four months after this photo was taken, a new president took office and the new Fort National plan of the previous administration was shelved.” <BR><BR>
Orich Florestal (L), 24 and Rosemond Altidon, 22, stand on the edge of their partially destroyed apartment of Port-au-Prince January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Allison Shelley (HAITI - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AFRICA-FAMINE/
RTR2PAQ2
July 26, 2011
“I almost didn't take the photograph. I'd been walking through a remote Kenyan village near the border...
Wajir, Kenya
To match Feature AFRICA-FAMINE/
“I almost didn't take the photograph. I'd been walking through a remote Kenyan village near the border with Somalia shadowing a group of United Nations bosses who were there to see the impact of the recently declared Somali famine and region-wide drought. I'd become tired of such trips over the years, which I blogged about for Reuters here, and was particularly struck that day by the often surreal nature of the African aid circus.

When I saw this official dressed in a suit and using an iPad to film a dead cow, I just stood and stared, pretty sure I had rarely seen anything so strange and incongruous, such an odd meeting of a world filled with ultra-modern developments and one trapped in a cycle of age-old problems.

I finally snapped the picture just seconds before the man stood and caught me standing behind him.”<br><br>

An aid worker using an iPad films the rotting carcass of a cow in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 23, 2011. To match Feature AFRICA-FAMINE/ REUTERS/Barry Malone (KENYA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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HONDURAS/
RTR2JQN5
March 11, 2011
“I meet them in the basement of a pool hall located in a dangerous neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. There,...
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
A transvestite shows a scar of a knife attack in Tegucigalpa
“I meet them in the basement of a pool hall located in a dangerous neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. There, along narrow and dark stairways, are several rooms where Bessy, Patricia and Tiffany, are.

Tiffany, 19, an accountant who also studies cosmetology, tells me, “Our clients are all types. I’ve had some famous ones. There are mechanics, taxi drivers, young, old, poor, rich.” Tiffany practiced prostitution but left it after being run over, threatened with death, and finally stabbed in the back. “I thank God for the support of my family, of my parents. They don’t want to see me on the street. They accept my condition and don’t want to hide it. They want to see me as a young, gay, decent professional. My father is going to help me open a beauty parlor. Nevertheless, the situation on the streets is terrible, and we don’t have to be prostituting ourselves to be attacked. They throw stones at us, ice cubes, beer bottles, and even darts with blood on them.”

With bras and pants adjusted they parade inside the tiny rooms converted into a runway, a fashion runway filled with laughter and horror stories. We spend the next two hours in what becomes a backstage for what was to come. I can feel only praise for the way they hide their repressed fear. In spite of their photogenic looks and elicited empathy, it’s still difficult for me to work. There’s almost no room to stand, it’s nighttime and the room light is dim.

Before we leave, Bessy pauses in front of religious icons adorning a wall. Patricia crosses herself, but Tiffany decides to stay home...<br><br>

Transvestite Tiffany, 19, shows a scar of a knife attack in Tegucigalpa March 10, 2011. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS - Tags: SOCIETY CRIME LAW)
TUNISIA-PROTESTS/
RTXWKAX
January 14, 2011
“On January 14, anti-government protests that had been spreading through Tunisia reached the capital....
Tunis, Tunisia
A Tunisian soldier screams as he tries to control rioters during clashes with the police in downtown...
“On January 14, anti-government protests that had been spreading through Tunisia reached the capital. A huge crowd gathered outside the interior ministry to demand that President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali step down. I had just arrived from an assignment in Sudan and was impressed by the number of protesters. I would never have imagined that a demonstration like this could happen in a tightly-controlled state like Tunisia. Suddenly, police fired tear gas rounds into the crowd and the people started running. I ran with them, into the lanes and alleyways leading away from the interior ministry. There, the protesters regrouped and began throwing stones at police, who responded with more tear gas. It was at this point I took this shot.

Tunisian soldiers were standing in the middle, between the police and protesters, trying to persuade the two sides to calm down. I could not believe my eyes. For the first time in the Arab world I was seeing soldiers who were not taking the side of the government against the people. I directed my lens towards one of the soldiers, who was screaming at the police and protesters to stop. I have to confess I had tears in my eyes because it was such a moving moment. Later, it turned out this was the crucial factor in ousting Ben Ali. When the army refused his requests to use force against the protesters in the capital, he realized his power had evaporated. It is wonderful that I had the opportunity to be present at this historic moment.” <br><br>
A Tunisian soldier screams as he tries to calm down rioters during clashes with the police in downtown of the capital Tunis January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
FRANCE/
RTXWW2F
January 21, 2011
“For the first time, this year I covered the Grande Odyssee sled dogs race close to the French Italian...
LANSLEBOURG, France
Switzerland's photographer Denis Balibouse files his pictures under a full moon sky from Mont-Cenis Pass...
“For the first time, this year I covered the Grande Odyssee sled dogs race close to the French Italian border for five days. On two occasions the mushers had to spend a night out sleeping in a tent next to their dogs, without the help of their handlers. I was offered by organizers to stay for the night in a hotel-restaurant some 500 yards away from the Polar Base as the lift would close at 9pm. I thought of the different pictures I could take than the usual action. On my second visit I was unable to connect to a mobile phone network to send my images so I decided to try from an overlooking point nearby. I was bewildered by the scene that was now light by a near full moon. I stayed nearly an hour as the temperature was not extreme. I sent my pictures but cherish that moment of sitting in the snow watching the clouds move; a nice experience of being “within” the landscape.“<br><br>

Switzerland's photographer Denis Balibouse files his pictures under a full moon sky from Mont-Cenis Pass Road in Lanslebourg during the Grande Odyssee sled dogs race January 19, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY)
MEXICO/
RTR2MLSK
May 19, 2011
“It’s always a race against the clock. The phone rings, you listen to the report, you then grab your...
TEMIXCO, Mexico
Forensic doctor stands next to a dead man at a crime scene in the Eterna Primavera neighborhood in Temixco...
“It’s always a race against the clock. The phone rings, you listen to the report, you then grab your motorcycle and start searching as fast as possible for the neighborhood, the street, the place where the person was executed and his or her body abandoned. You have to rush and try to get there before the forensic services. It becomes more complicated when they are around, they limit the area and you always end up being too far away from the subject.

But this coverage was different, luck was on my side.

The killing occurred in the colony La Eterna Primavera (The Eternal Spring), a poor neighborhood, with no paved streets or sidewalks. Almost no people were around, only a few soldiers and medical examiners that reluctantly searched for evidence at the crime scene. The atmosphere was relaxed enough that I could get close enough to see the crimson stain on the grey wall and the face of the dead man, which looked horrible because it had been disfigured by a rock.

And that’s the moment when this very feminine detail of the high heels standing in the dirt became evident.”<br><br>

A forensic doctor stands next to a dead man at a crime scene in the Eterna Primavera (Eternal Spring) neighborhood in Temixco in Morelos state May 18, 2011. (MEXICO - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
RTR2MGK8
May 14, 2011
“On May 15 clashes broke out throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem on the anniversary of Nakba (an Arabic...
SHUAFAT, Palestinian Territories
An undercover Israeli policeman dressed as a Palestinian woman opens a car door in Shuafat refugee camp...
“On May 15 clashes broke out throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem on the anniversary of Nakba (an Arabic word which means “catastrophe”), marking the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948. I was assigned to the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, where Palestinian youths were throwing stones at Israeli security forces. Police retaliated by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the protesters. After several hours, police charged, scattering the Palestinians. Down a side alleyway, I saw riot police and a group of about ten masked men and a woman - all armed with pistols - detaining a few Palestinians. In the next few seconds I took pictures of a male Israeli undercover officer dressed as a Palestinian female holding a pistol. He jumped into a vehicle, leaving the detained protesters to the armored riot police.” <br><br>
An undercover Israeli policeman dressed as a Palestinian woman opens a car door after detaining a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ANNIVERSARY)
CHINA-PARTY/
RTR2OAA5
June 29, 2011
“Red Capital” Chongqing. Led by party secretary Bo Xilai, a famous princeling-politician with a revolutionary...
Chongqing, China
A schoolgirl participant walks through a red curtain during a revolutionary song singing competition...
“Red Capital” Chongqing. Led by party secretary Bo Xilai, a famous princeling-politician with a revolutionary background, the city of Chongqing orchestrated a campaign of rousing revolutionary songs, or “red songs”, and mass red culture that has spread nationwide. The picture was taken at the end of a performance and a primary school girl, who was one of the performers dressed like a member of Chinese Red Army, was walking out of the venue. You can see exactly how Chongqing was pulling out every social resource to support their giant red song carnival.” <br><br>
A schoolgirl participant, dressed as a Chinese Red Army soldier, walks through a red curtain during a revolutionary song singing competition to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in Chongqing municipality June 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY MILITARY POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AUSTRALIA-HOSTAGE/
RTR2QV00
September 05, 2011
“Breaking news said that a man had locked himself with his daughter and with what appeared to be a bomb...
Sydney, Australia
Police officers rescue a girl who was held hostage by a man in Parramatta
“Breaking news said that a man had locked himself with his daughter and with what appeared to be a bomb strapped to himself. From 10:00 am and all day long I took pictures of the man through a window and a few other frames to describe the situation. By 6:00 pm most of the media had left as the chance to get a decent frame was one in a million. It was dark, we were more than 150 yards away, the blackout curtains were closed and we were certain that if something happened the pictures would be blocked by some police or fire truck as Australia has strong protective laws for victims and alleged criminals. I agreed with every single reason of each of my colleagues who left the scene but I decided to stay. Sadly, ‘bomb’ and ‘hostage’ are words that I am quite familiar with. Suddenly, the blackout curtains went up. Some police entered the building with tools that made clear they would break into the room, and they did. Finally, with nobody injured, an 11 hour wait had paid off.” <br><br>
Police officers rescue a girl who was held hostage by a man in Parramatta, an outer Sydney suburb September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA - Tags: CRIME LAW)
THAILAND/
RTR2IQ7J
February 17, 2011
“This is a classic example of how still images can work better than video. The boy was installing a water...
Phichin, Thailand
A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine in Panompa near Phichin...
“This is a classic example of how still images can work better than video. The boy was installing a water pump at this primitive gold mine and he had to dive into muddy water to do it. He held onto a stick in the pond to offer a chance at a perfect composition. Just like in many other cases, the light of the late afternoon played a big part and I chose again a wide open 24 mm lens (maximum shutter speed on minimum ISO) to have the focus only on his hand and the stick making the borders a bit blurred. A second later he came out and the moment of mystery of what is going on in the scene." <br><br>
A man holds a stick as he installs a pump to extract mud at a primitive gold mine in Panompa near Phichin February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS)
NORTH KOREA/MALNUTRITION
RTR2SAAD
October 06, 2011
“The farmer boy in North Korea is a classic golden hour photo - not only for the colors and light, but...
South Hwanghae, North Korea
A North Korean boy works in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by summer floods and typhoons...
“The farmer boy in North Korea is a classic golden hour photo - not only for the colors and light, but also for how relaxed and real the frame is. People are more relaxed (and tired) by the end of the day so all their reaction towards the photographer, all the acting and posing, are gone. This very frame was shot on a rare trip to North Korea's province controlled by officials. As we were driving back from a visit to a hospital in the area, I saw through the window of a bus a group of farmers working in the field. I asked the hosts if we could stop so I could take pictures of farmers working the land - they said yes, please take as many pictures as you want (everyone is relaxed at the end of the day). I went out and saw this child with a "perfect look" and decided to follow him for a few minutes. I would not have made a mistake if I followed any of the farmers but I guess the boy's "empty" look, almost no reaction to me photographing and his outfit made a difference. I shot with the lens wide open to blur the background and have the focus on the boy's face.”<br><BR>
EDITORS NOTE: PICTURES TAKEN ON A GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED TOUR FOR REUTERS ALERTNET A North Korean boy works in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by summer floods and typhoons in South Hwanghae province September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (NORTH KOREA - Tags: AGRICULTURE HEALTH SOCIETY POVERTY)
PAKISTAN/
RTR2Q843
August 22, 2011
“I had become severely ill in the days target killings in Karachi hit their peak. Covering breaking news...
Karachi, Pakistan
A girl whose uncle was injured in a shootout by unidentified gunmen, looks at him as he is brought to...
“I had become severely ill in the days target killings in Karachi hit their peak. Covering breaking news is my passion. I figured the best way to get over my illness was to rejoin news coverage on August 23. The same day a source called to inform me that a dead body, found in a sack, was being shifted to a hospital. I rushed to the hospital where I found that the victim was Imran Ali. He was not dead, but in fact only injured. <br/> <br/> Ali ,who was shot by gunmen three times during a months long wave of political and ethnic violence in Karachi, was lying on a stretcher while medics tended to his wounds. I was preparing to shoot some frames when I saw a family, including Ali’s eight-year-old niece, approach his stretcher. <br/> <br/> I disengaged with everything and kept my focus on the girl, Sumayya, as she stood next to her uncle’s bed. As Ali opened his eyes to look towards his family, Sumayya’s mouth dropped. It was the moment I was waiting for.” <br><br>
Eight-year-old Sumayya, whose uncle, Imran Ali, was injured in a shootout by unidentified gunmen, looks at him as he is brought to a hospital for treatment in Karachi August 23, 2011. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-CAMPAIGN/ROMNEY
RTR2QTZY
September 04, 2011
“At its most basic, and least cynical, political campaigns are about politicians trying to connect with...
MNANCHESTER, UNITED STATES
A supporter is reflected in her iPad as she makes a video of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaking...
“At its most basic, and least cynical, political campaigns are about politicians trying to connect with voters, and voters connecting with a particular candidate. As a photographer covering a political event, I want to try to show that in my photographs, which means getting beyond a photograph of a politician speaking at a podium. Oftentimes it takes the form of politicians shaking hands with voters. But in this case, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was clearly determined to keep her distance from the crowd. She shook no hands as she made her way onstage, and as it turned out, none at the end of her speech. After making some photographs of Palin speaking, I positioned myself at the edge of the stage near the girl reflected in her iPad, thinking if Palin was going to shake some hands or sign some autographs, she would come over to the girl. The girl was taking photographs and videos of Palin with her iPad during the speech, so the reflection was right there for me to see as I stood there. The rest was figuring out how much depth of field I wanted in the image and lining up the girl’s reflection in the iPad’s screen.” <br><br>
A supporter is reflected in her iPad as she makes a video of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaking at a Tea Party Express rally in Manchester, New Hampshire September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
EGYPT
RTR2IH4E
February 12, 2011
“You know how some days will stay with your forever? Well on February 11, 2011 I could tell you what...
Cairo, Egypt
An opposition supporter holds up a laptop showing images of celebrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square, after...
“You know how some days will stay with your forever? Well on February 11, 2011 I could tell you what I had for breakfast and what socks I was wearing (and not just because I am a creature of habit). What a day and what a night that was. I had been in Egypt for a couple of wonderful, stressful, beautiful and crazy weeks and was out shooting when our editor Steve Crisp called saying there were more rumors that President Hosni Mubarak was actually about to quit and I should hurry to Tahrir Square. Lucky, lucky, lucky me, I was only a couple of minutes away. What was not so lucky was when I arrived in Cairo custom officials had confiscated most of my kit – leaving me with a small camera and a 50mm lens. Steve had graciously lent me a couple of bodies and lenses but between us we had no flash gun. <br/> <br/> Anyway as most of the world was waiting for Mubarak to step down I watched nervously as the light disappeared faster than a neutrino in a Swiss lab. So when the news finally broke that Mubarak had gone I had to find light – there was none. A temporary power cut made the street lights (my savior on many a previous night) redundant. I watched as all these jubilant protestors jumped and hugged and kissed and prayed and there was nothing I could do except weep as I shot too many unusable muzzy images. I was living my recurring nightmare. Thankfully, soon the power came back and patches of light appeared. I saw this guy holding a computer aloft like it was the World Cup and chanting “internet, internet…” I took a lot of frames that night but this one seems to tell the story of what had become known as the “facebook revolution”<br><br>
An opposition supporter holds up a laptop showing images of celebrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square, after Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak resigned February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (EGYPT - Tags: MEDIA CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SCI TECH)
RUSSIA-INGUSHETIA/BOMBER
RTR2IO52
February 16, 2011
"I was in Chechnya when the airport bomber's name, Magomed Yevloyev, was announced. His family lived...
ALI-YURT, Russia
To match Interview RUSSIA-INGUSHETIA/BOMBER
"I was in Chechnya when the airport bomber's name, Magomed Yevloyev, was announced. His family lived in the nearby republic of Ingushetia. <b></b> I had no contacts or real understanding of where his family lived. A colleague at Reuters warned me that another journalist and a photographer had been arrested for trying to get into Yevloyev’s home for an interview. I decided to wait a day before driving there. I left from Grozny very early in the morning and parked my car far from her home. It is incredibly difficult to operate in the North Caucasus, there's an insurgency taking place in the region. This situation was especially intense because the family's home was closely monitored by federal security forces. <br/> <br/> I was lucky to make it into her home and was the first to interview and photograph the suicide bomber's mother. She sat on her dead son's bed during the conversation. I took her portrait right away and hid the camera's memory card in my shoe, just in case I was stopped. It took me about an hour to get back to the city where I transmitted the images back to the bureau in Moscow." <br><br>
Roza Yevloyeva, mother of 20-year-old suicide bomber Magomed Yevloyev, sits on her son's bed during an interview at her house in the town of Ali-Yurt, southeast of Ingushetia's biggest city Nazran, February 16, 2011. To match Interview RUSSIA-INGUSHETIA/BOMBER REUTERS/Diana Markosian (RUSSIA - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
USA/
RTR2QOKR
September 02, 2011
“This image was part of a collection that we photographed in collaboration with the National September...
New York, UNITED STATES
Blood-stained shoes worn by Linda Lopez as she evacuated from the 97th Floor of Tower 2 on September...
“This image was part of a collection that we photographed in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Fellow staff photographer Mike Segar had built a really great working relationship with the people from the Museum and we had been going in periodically to photograph both the construction of the new towers and the museum as it planned out their exhibits and acquired artifacts related to the disaster. We photographed around 20 different artifacts that had been donated to the museum that had a direct connection to September 11th as a special package we coordinated with text, video, and stills. Most of the items that we photographed that day were donated by the people who had either worn the items or had some connection to them, including these shoes. Seeing the hardened blood on the side of these was a rather poignant detail and I decided that for this image I wanted to isolate that piece of the story. Most of the other items were photographed with a soft box and at a very high aperture in order to preserve as much detail as possible but I really felt that the isolation helped this image.” <br><br>
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE IS FIVE OF 18 TO ACCOMPANY THE STORY "9/11 MUSEUM: THE STORY OF OBJECTS FOUND". SEARCH FOR KEYWORD "9/11 MUSEUM" TO SEE ALL THE IMAGES (PXP801-PXP818) Blood-stained shoes worn by Linda Lopez as she evacuated from the 97th Floor of Tower 2 on September 11, 2001 are seen in this photograph before becoming a part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY DISASTER)
NIGERIA-ELECTIONS/POSTPONEMENT
RTR2KPUQ
April 01, 2011
“After travelling about 3 hours from Abuja to Niger State, northern Nigeria, on my way to cover the National...
DADABILI, Nigeria
A man walks as crude oil spills from a pipeline in Dadabili, Niger state
“After travelling about 3 hours from Abuja to Niger State, northern Nigeria, on my way to cover the National Assembly elections in 3 states, I noticed a huge smoke cloud in the distance. I thought election violence had broken out and decided to investigate further. It turned out after a 15-20 minute drive that the smoke was not from election violence, rather a vandalised pipeline conveying petroleum had caught fire. Before the vote there had been concerns as to violence during the Nigeria elections. However to see that the smoke was from pipeline vandalization, which has been a recurrent incidence in the Niger delta region of Nigeria; and now was happening in Dadanbili, Niger State, was a deviation from the normal. So for me this was news. My plan to travel around 3 states for the election that day finally paid off with these pictures after the cancellation of the National Assembly elections.”<br><br>
A man walks as crude oil spills from a pipeline in Dadabili, Niger state April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E78V09DF01.
BINLADEN/
RTR2M0YE
May 05, 2011
“It was a normal morning on May 2, 2011 until I turned on my television and noticed the flashing red...
Abbottabad, Pakistan
Resident boy Adeel, 8, plays in front of the compound where U.S. Navy SEAL commandos reportedly killed...
“It was a normal morning on May 2, 2011 until I turned on my television and noticed the flashing red screen breaking news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed near Islamabad. <br/> <br/> I was anxious and paused for a moment to reflect on how this was the news the world, especially the United States, had been waiting for ever since the war against Al-Qaeda was declared in 2001 and Osama Bin Laden became the most wanted man in the world for his role in 9/11 tragedy. I reflected on how things had changed globally after 9/11 and how it also affected the common Pakistani people from all walks of life. <br/> <br/> My first response was to check-in with Islamabad based photographerMian Khursheed. Before asking anything about the news he said, “Please prepare yourself if we need you here - please check flights.” The next day I was in Abbottabad, just northwest of Islamabad. The road leading to the compound, where bin Laden was reportedly killed, was packed with local and international media vehicles waiting to get in. At the location, large crowds of local residents and media personnel had gathered. Everyone was curious to get close to the residential compound to have a look at the place where bin Laden had been killed. <br/> <br/> Vegetable fields surrounded the compound and I noticed local children gathered and were collecting debris left by a heavy firefight. Residents were asking questions of the media to confirm if the incident really occurred. They could not believe that Osama bin Laden had been their neighbor. <br/> <br/> Even though the compound area was cordoned off, the city of Abbottabad felt normal as people still were going to work and children to school. The shops were still open. Outside the compound area, no one was really concerned about what had happened or what was happening now. <br/> <br/> On the morning of May 5, I visited the compound in a quest to find any good picture and suddenly noticed a boy playing with a tennis ball just in front of the compound. It gave me a sense of hope, that things could finally go back to being normal after all that had changed after 9/11. <br/> <br/> As I was thinking of it and taking photos - again questions started floating through my mind. Would the ‘War on Terror’ end after the killing of Osama bin Laden? I thought about 9/11 and how it had changed Pakistan. September 11 in Pakistan was previously recognized as the day Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah died. In Pakistan now the 9/11 attacks get more attention. In these ten years, I feel Pakistan has suffered the most. It has faced hundreds of suicide bombings that have led to thousands of deaths and injuries and caused tremendous losses. <br/> <br/> I stayed in Abbottabad until May 22 until I received a call in the middle of the night from the Islamabad office. “There has been an attack on an air base in Karachi. Prepare yourself, we may need you there,” the voice of my editor said. And the next afternoon I was back in Karachi.” <br><br>
Resident boy Adeel, 8, plays with a tennis ball in front of the compound where U.S. Navy SEAL commandos reportedly killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad May 5, 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: CRIME LAW MILITARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E78I1N5A01.
LIBYA/
RTR2RRL1
September 23, 2011
“I took this picture when I was with the rebels fighting Gaddafi’s troops, about two miles from the city...
Sirte, Libya
A rebel on crutches fires a rocket propelled grenade while fighting on the front line in Sirte
“I took this picture when I was with the rebels fighting Gaddafi’s troops, about two miles from the city of Sirte. I was mindful of what was happening, when I saw a man carrying an RPG. I was surprised by the courage of the man which insisted on fighting to win his freedom.” <br><br>
A rebel on crutches fires a rocket propelled grenade while fighting on the front line in Sirte September 24, 2011 REUTERS/Anis Mili (LIBYA - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE SEE: GM1E7AR1RJY01
LIBYA/
RTR2Q3Y8
August 18, 2011
“I was staying in the Rixos Hotel, part of the official Libyan Government foreign press core. We would...
Tripoli, Libya
A gazelle stands in what local residents say is the bombed out ruins of the compound of Abdullah Al-Senussi...
“I was staying in the Rixos Hotel, part of the official Libyan Government foreign press core. We would be taken out most days to photograph things the Libyan Government were keen to show the world. We were taken to a house in Tripoli which had been bombed by NATO. There were a couple of buildings very close together which had been flattened. The officials who were accompanying us on the tour of the buildings pointed out that one of the buildings had been some kind of medical storage facility. We stayed for about 45 minutes walking around the buildings. After about 20 minutes I looked around and saw a gazelle standing in the ruins of one of the buildings. It looked very scared and I thought I would be lucky to get a picture because I assumed it would bolt at any second. I took a couple of pictures as quickly as possible and then tried to get myself into a better position. To my surprise the animal didn't run and I moved as close as possible.”<br><br>
EDITOR'S NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN ON A GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR. A gazelle stands in what local residents say is the bombed out ruins of the compound of Abdullah Al-Senussi, head of the Libyan Intelligence Service and brother in law of Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (LIBYA - Tags: ANIMALS POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
POPULATION-CHILDBIRTH/
RTR2T1DP
October 22, 2011
It was three years ago that I photographed a childbirth room at Escuela hospital, the largest in Honduras....
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
A baby gestures minutes after he was born inside the pediatric unit at hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa...
It was three years ago that I photographed a childbirth room at Escuela hospital, the largest in Honduras. Time seems to have stood still. Now there are different doctors, mothers and children, but the poverty is the same. Rooms full of valiant women who bleed and wrap their children with old sheets adorn the poverty of this place where shame is not a valid issue. I walk freely between the birthing rooms, rest area, caesarean section and reception, but I have no permission to enter the pediatrics area until a new medical chief authorizes me. There are healthy and sick babies. One of them is this baby who got my attention because it moves non-stop. Next to him is a lamp that provides heat to stay alive. I expect that he will continue to play with his hands, making the image more aesthetic or photographic. After five minutes this happens and I shoot photos. I recognized that I have a "beautiful picture", but I do not see that the position of his fingers shows a number seven. It is a picture of a baby like so many others who were born, many of the 7 billion that live on our planet today. It hits me as it begins to emerge as poetry of life in Honduras where thousands of human beings are born, but where thousands are killed without completing their natural cycle; dramatically murdered every day.”<br><br>
A baby gestures minutes after he was born inside the pediatric unit at hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
THAILAND/
RTR2J2QJ
February 25, 2011
“Drugs are a big problem in Thailand and often we see pictures from press conferences where police display...
Bangkok, Thailand
Man in handcuffs cries as he says farewell to his son after he was arrested by the police on suspicion...
“Drugs are a big problem in Thailand and often we see pictures from press conferences where police display confiscated narcotics and detained suspects after a raid. So, the normal reaction after seeing those was to try to join the police on one of their raids and see them in action. The action I followed took us early in the morning to a slum in Bangkok's suburbs. It was not a spectacular operation with lots of drugs found and suspects trying to avoid the detention. But, the real personal drama of the man detained was exposed when he hugged his son and cried as he was taken away. A small drug dealer crime - although petty if compared with those from the press conferences with tons of narcotics seized - can take a criminal to jail for a long time. When he comes out his son could be an adult man. Growing up in Bangkok's slums without a father is not the best way to avoid all the dangers and possible misery.” <br><br>
A man in handcuffs cries as he says farewell to his son after he was arrested by the police on suspicion of drug dealing during a pre-dawn raid in an impoverished neighbourhood of Bangkok February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: CRIME LAW)
CHINA/
RTR2R028
September 08, 2011
“The boy’s name is Wang Gengxiang, known as the “Masked Boy” among Chinese Netizens. He is currently...
Fenyang, China
Wang Gengxiang, known as Masked Boy, holds a towel in his mouth as he plays on a bed at Mijiazhuang village...
“The boy’s name is Wang Gengxiang, known as the “Masked Boy” among Chinese Netizens. He is currently living in Mijiazhuang village on the outskirts of Fenyang, northwest China’s Shanxi province. Wang was severely burned in an accident involving a pile of burning straw last winter, causing most of the skin on his head to be burned off. Since then, he is required to wear a full surgical mask to prevent the scars from becoming infected. I first saw his pictures on the Internet, and luckily I got in touch with his father who granted me an opportunity to photograph. This picture was taken as Wang played on his bed in the morning before going to school. I was very surprised to see that he lived a happy and relaxing life, though the mask he was wearing made him itchy and it was difficult to breathe all the time. Thanks to Chinese Netizens on Weibo (Chinese Twitter), the family received many donations and support from all over the country. From this they were able to afford the necessary surgeries and medication. I hope my pictures can bring more help to them. After all, helping those in need is always part of my obligation as a photojournalist.”<br><br>
Wang Gengxiang, known as "Masked Boy", holds a towel in his mouth as he plays on a bed at Mijiazhuang village on the outskirts of Fenyang, North China's Shanxi province September 9, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH)
NORWAY/
RTR2P6PA
July 22, 2011
“In the hours after the bombing in Oslo and shooting of youths by anti-immigration zealot Anders Behring...
UTOEYA, Norway
Covered corpses are seen on the shore of the small, wooded island of Utoeya
“In the hours after the bombing in Oslo and shooting of youths by anti-immigration zealot Anders Behring Breivik at Utoeya Island, northwest of the Norwegian capital I took a plane from Berlin (Germany) to finally reach the island by car. Early the next day, I drove to a hotel near the island where the survivors were staying. The island was in the middle of lake Tyrifjorden and the only way to get closer pictures on what was going on there was to go by boat. Police and rescue teams on boats were searching for missing victims and I was not sure how close I could approach to the island. Together with a local Norwegian photographer we drove to a campsite where we rented a boat. He knew the area very well and steered the boat in the direction of Utoeya island. News reports said a total of 80 people died in the bombing and shooting. <br/> <br/> My main concern was not to attract the interest of the police. My equipment was hidden. As we got closer to Utoeya, from the boat I saw white spots on the rocks along the shoreline of the island. What could have been covered with what seemed to be white blankets? As we approached the island I connected my 1.4X converter to get a 700mm telephoto lens. With the help of that lens I could see legs and feet under the white blankets. Everywhere on the shore were corpses of the youths shot by the Norwegian right-wing extremist. It was an eerie, gruesome and frightening moment. Around me was a total silence. No voices of people just the monotonous sound of our boat engine. Just hours before youths had tried to escape the bullets by jumping and swimming in the lake to reach the safe shore or by hiding on the island. Dozens had no chance to escape and were killed by Breivik like helpless animals. We drove around the island and we saw more bodies. When we arrived on the other side, we were finally stopped by a police boat.” <br><br>
Covered corpses are seen on the shore of the small, wooded island of Utoeya July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (NORWAY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN-WEDDING/
RTR2LR72
April 29, 2011
“Lighting conditions were perfect, as from test times outside the abbey, the exact minute the couple...
London, United Kingdom
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, look at one another after their wedding...
“Lighting conditions were perfect, as from test times outside the abbey, the exact minute the couple were due to appear. When I had checked out the position two days before in bright sunlight, a huge shadow would have been cast from a nearby building diagonally across them. A white dress would have been totally blown out and shadow detail gone black, rendering the image virtually unusable - especially for magazine clients. The rain that was also forecast in London, which would have given a flat and soft looking frame, never materialized either...so bright even shade was perfect...as nearly every wedding photographer will tell you! <br/> <br/> Having Best Man Prince Harry behind, and his interaction with Kate's sister, the Chief Bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton, was just a spot of luck really, but a wee bonus on the day. Apart from six months of logistical planning by the UK Pictures Desk team and IT support guys for picture transmission and editing in almost real time via under road cabled broadband lines from the media centre to my cameras and laptop, the only other hurdle to jump on the day was crossing my legs from 5.30 in the morning to 1pm in the afternoon as there was no toilet available in our 'secured, sterile' photo position opposite the Abbey!”<br><br>
Britain's Prince William (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, look at one another after their wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011. (ROYAL WEDDING/SERVICE) REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E76L1H3N01
GUATEMALA/
RTR2INAL
February 15, 2011
“While riding through the streets of Guatemala City, I came across this pair of security guards, weapons...
Guatemala City, Guatemala
A man who pulled out a gun on a public bus tries to run after being captured by security guards in Guatemala...
“While riding through the streets of Guatemala City, I came across this pair of security guards, weapons drawn, struggling with a suspected assassin who had pulled a gun on a public bus. It was a tense situation. I photographed them from a few feet away even as one security guard dropped his pistol and all three fought for it. A crowd of passengers from the bus gathered around us screaming for the stripped-shirt man to be lynched, but the guards called the police and tried to settle the crowd. The police finally did show up and loaded the beaten and bleeding suspect into a pickup truck. The by-standers were angrily protesting, fearing the man would be let off easy, when suddenly my taxi driver grabbed the back of my shirt, letting me know it was time to make a quick exit as the frustrated crowd looked for someone else to turn their anger on.” <br><br>
A man (C) who pulled out a gun on a public bus tries to run after being captured by security guards in Guatemala City February 15, 2011. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair (GUATEMALA - Tags: TRANSPORT CRIME LAW)
AFGHANISTAN/
RTR2NL5O
June 11, 2011
“My assignment in Afghanistan in June and July 2011 was to cover the last days of the Canadian army’s...
Seprwan Ghar, Afghanistan
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece...
“My assignment in Afghanistan in June and July 2011 was to cover the last days of the Canadian army’s combat role, as they prepare to depart after 10 years in Afghanistan as one of the contributing forces. The unit I was embedded with was the Canadian 22nd royal regiment, or Van Doos as it is known in Canada. They were based in Seprwan Ghar forward operating base (FOB) in the Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan. I was going out on patrols with them for a while. On June 12 the container I was staying in started shaking from shelling blasts. I went to see what was happening. U.S. soldiers from 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery were firing their howitzers about 200 meters from where I was trying to sleep. <br/> <br/> I took some pictures of them shooting it and as they repositioned the piece and fired, the cannon recoiled back and the gravel surrounding it was flung into the air. I managed to get a picture where the gravel seems suspended around the cannon and specialist Lucas Couvaras from Phoenix Arizona, who was there to reloaded the cannon, surprising both him and me.”<br><br>

U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY POLITICS)
SOMALIA-CONFLICT/
RTR2Q78G
August 22, 2011
“It was early in the morning when I went to Iskola Bulisiya square in Somalia's capital Mogadishu where...
Mogadishu, Somalia
A Somali government soldier shoots at close range to execute two former soldiers Abdi Sankus Abdi and...
“It was early in the morning when I went to Iskola Bulisiya square in Somalia's capital Mogadishu where many people were waiting for a public execution. Suddenly a convoy with two blindfolded men arrived. After a few minutes a group of soldiers started the preparations and opened fire on the two men. Then a Somali government soldier with an AK47 shot at close range to execute two former soldiers Abdi Sankus Abdi (R) and Abdullahi Jinow Guure (L) as they cried loudly saying “forgive us, we never, ever kill humankind”. After they died their relatives came and covered them with white clothes and they were buried near the square. The two men were found guilty of killing another soldier and a civilian on the basis of witness testimony, the Chairman of the Military Court Hassan Mohamed Hussein Mungab said.” <br><Br>
A Somali government soldier shoots at close range to execute two former soldiers Abdi Sankus Abdi (R) and Abdullahi Jinow Guure (L) at the Iskola Bulisiya square in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, August 22, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Faruk (SOMALIA - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
RTR2L4LA
April 11, 2011
“The tsunami generated by the giant earthquake of March 11 washed away not only people, cars, houses...
OFUNATO, Japan
Volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos...
“The tsunami generated by the giant earthquake of March 11 washed away not only people, cars, houses but also family photographs loaded with memories. I visited Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, which had suffered serious tsunami damage, to cover volunteers cleaning family photographs about one month after the tsunami struck. <br/> <br/> They worked in one room of a volunteer center which just barely avoided being damaged by the tsunami. Rescue teams, police, firefighters and the Japan Self Defense Force gathered the muddied and damaged pictures during their search for missing persons and brought the photos to the volunteer center to be restored. There was an enormous quantity. It is extraordinary work. <br/> <br/> As volunteers cleaned the mud from the photos under running water with a brush they were careful not to injure those captured smiles, revived in the sequence of images. It reminded me that this city, now overflowing with disaster, was once covered with smiles. <br/> <br/> All the photographs in this picture are of the same baby. The number of the work space, made me feel the deep love of the baby’s parents. I worried about what situation this disaster had brought to the family. <br/> <br/> I later found out that the baby is now a 4-year-old girl who is well and living with her family.”<br><br>
A volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos are placed to dry at a volunteer centre in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 12, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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