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Tim Hetherington wins World Press Photo of the Year 2007

The international jury of the World Press Photo Contest selected a color image of Tim Hetherington as World Press Photo of the year 2007. The picture was taken in September last year and shows a US soldier resting at "Restrepo" bunker, named after a soldier from his platoon who was recently killed by insurgents. Tim Hetherington will receive his award during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam on April 27. The award also carries a cash prize of 10,000 euro, and Canon will donate an EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera...
The World Press Photo of the year Winners Gallery 2008

PRESS SUMMARY

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."

This year, a record number of participants from 125 countries sent in their work, a total of 5,019 photographers, which is an increase of 12.5% compared to 2007. The total number of images submitted is 80,536. Of all participants 80% chose to enter the contest by uploading their work online.

The jury gave prizes in 10 theme categories to 59 photographers of 23 nationalities from: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, People's Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA, and Zimbabwe.

The 2008 jury:

Chair:
Gary Knight (UK), photographer and chairman VII Photo Agency

Members:
- Jodi Bieber (South Africa), photographer Noor
- Oliver Chanarin (South Africa/UK), photographer Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
- Erin Elder (Canada), photo editor The Globe and Mail
- Craig Golding (Australia), photographer Sydney Morning Herald
- MaryAnne Golon (USA), director of photography Time magazine
- Maria Mann (USA), managing editor European Pressphoto Agency
- Enric Martí (Spain), regional photo editor Latin America & Caribbean, The Associated Press
- Michael Nichols (USA), photographer National Geographic Magazine
- Simon Njami (Cameroon), independent curator
- Swapan Parekh (India), photographer
- Stephan Vanfleteren (Belgium), photographer
- Sujong Song (South Korea), freelance photo editor

Secretary:
Stephen Mayes (UK) chief operating officer, the Americas, Image Source

Additional information: The World Press Photo of the year Winners Gallery 2008
February 9, 2008
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