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Friday, February 15, 2013

World Press Photo of the Year 2012 ~ Paul Hansen

World Press Photo of the Year 2012's winning image by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her big brother Muhammad, who soon was to be four years old, were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike on Monday evening.
Their father, Fouad, was also killed. Their mother is in intensive care at Al-Shifa Hospital.

 In accordance with their religion, the dead are buried quickly. The badly mangled body of Fouad is put on a stretcher and his brothers carry his dead children to the mosque for the burial ceremony. When darkness fell over Gaza on this day, at least 26 new victims were to be buried. That makes the total more than 140 dead so far since the beginning of the bombardment. Approximately half of the dead are women and children. The picture was taken on 20 November 2012 in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories.

The jury announced the winner of the press prize on Friday in Amsterdam . "The power of the picture lies in the way it is the anger and the grief of adults contrasts with the innocence of children," said juror Mayu Mohanna in a statement. "It is a picture that I will not forget."


  1. Unnatural light?... too much retouch? The illumination gets it away from documetary photography. I feel it artificial.

  2. same feeling to me, witch just approves that the technique is not so important for presenting impressive photography