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Iran: "Allahu Akbar from the Rooftops" --- The 2009 Photo of the Year

The jury of the 53rd annual World Press Photo Contest has selected this image by Pietro Masturzo as the World Press Photo of 2009:

The Latest from Iran (13 February): Re-assessment, Renewal

Reader Comments (3)

And don't forget the 'Special Mention'...
"Following the judging of the contest, the jury decided to name a Special Mention, recognizing a frame grab from a video posted on YouTube in June 2009 during the post-election uprising in Iran.
It depicts a woman identified as Neda Agha-Soltan lying on the ground after being shot in the chest.
Jury member David Griffin of National Geographic commented: "I am pleased that World Press Photo has provided an avenue for non-professional images that have a significant impact on the historical visual record."
The jury considers an image for a Special Mention when it has played an essential role in the news reporting of the year worldwide and could not have been made by a professional photographer."

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWitteKr

compelling and eerie images, a fitting visual metaphor for political uncertainty perhaps.

BTW, a message from the transliteration police: God is great = Allahu Akbar.
Allahu Akhbar = God is News (a fitting credo for livebloggers perhaps?)

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermukharbish


I thank the transliteration police.....


February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott Lucas

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