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Award-Winning Photojournalism

Once again, Flavorwire’s Marina Galperina has featured a mix of powerful photographs focused on the state of the world.

Writes Galperina:
Every year, the Amsterdam-based World Press Photo Awards recognize talented photojournalists worldwide who capture the year’s stories in their poignant and often provocative work. This year’s winner was South African photographer Jodi Bieber, for his haunting portrait of an 18-year-old Afghan woman who was brutally disfigured by her husband after a Taliban commander ordered her ears and nose cut off as punishment for fleeing an abusive marriage. From the aftermath of the earthquakes in China and Haiti to the excitement of the Milan Fashion Week to the alien views of exotic volcanoes, the World Press Photo selection encompasses a vast range of human experience from the year 2010. Yes, much of it is wrought with traumatic imagery, but also beauty.

A selection of photos may be seen below. Be warned – most are of a graphic nature.

The World Press Photo of the Year 2010 – taken by Jodi Bieber – shows 18-year-old Bibi Aisha. who was disfigured by her husband as ordered by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bibi Aisha. now lives in the US.

A portrait of Kirill Lewerski, cadet on a Russian tall ship, taken by Joost van den Broek.

Photograph of the meat trade market in Gadabedji reserve in Niger, where a food crisis is ongoing. Marco di Lauro captured this image.

Peter Lakatos witnessed the suicide of a 40-year-old man who lit himself on fire and hurled himself from Budapest’s Liberty Bridge.

Andrew McConnell took this photo of an orchestra member/ market worker practicing her cello in Kinshasa, DRC.

Olivier Laban-Mattei photographed the Haiti earthquake aftermath.

A man carries a shark through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia in this photograph by Omar Feisal.

Stefano Unterthiner captured this breathtaking photograph – also seen above – of swans on Japan’s Lake Kussharo.

Via Flavorwire.

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One thought on “Award-Winning Photojournalism

  1. Steve Ramirez on said:

    Powerful… Amazing… And Important.
    They show tragedy, cruelty, despair, and yet also they show triumph.
    The photo in Mogadishu strikes me in that the shark a predator that kills in order to survive in the natural world is being carries dead and for consumption by the greatest predator- yet one that has power without maturity. Mogadishu used to be an East African Italian Riviera. As someone who has lived in Africa I can ask the question – did freedom from colonialism begin the enslavement of tribal warfare, corruption, and terrorism? Revolution does not always lead to liberty. How do we overthrow our lesser selves?
    “None but ourselves can free our minds.” – Bob Marley

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