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UK's Tim Hetherington wins 2007 World Press Photo

8 February 2008 - EPUK

British photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington has won the 51st World Press Photo 2007 Award with a photograph of a US soldier resting in a bunker in Afghanistan.

Liverpool-born Hetherington, 37, who previous picked up World Press Photo awards in 2000 and 2002 had been on assignment for Vanity Fair when the photographs was taken at “Restrepo” bunker, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. The bunker was named after a soldier from his platoon who had been recently killed by insurgents.

World Press Photo of the Year 2007: Tim Hetherington, UK, for Vanity Fair. American soldier resting at bunker, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, 16 September

Hetherington, who according to his website is currently resting in New York following an injury sustained in Afghanistan, is one of three UK photographers to be honoured in the 2007 World Press Photo Awards.

US-based fashion, portrait and documentary photographer Platon, 38, collected 1st prize in the Single Portraits category for a portrait shot for Time magazine of Russian’s President Vladimir Putin.

Vanessa Winship has been awarded the 1st prize in the Portraits Stories category for her work in Eastern Turkey of rural school girls

Left: President Putin of Russia – 1st prize Portraits Singles, Platon for Time magazine

Right: Rural school girls, Eastern Turkey – 1st prize Portraits Stories; Vanessa Winship/Agence Vu.

A gallery of all this year’s winning images can be seen at the World Press Photo website, and Tim Hetherington’s full assignment can be seen on the Vanity Fair website.

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The Platon image just stops you in your tracks.
All three winning images have a haunting quality to them.

Comment 1: Emma, 11 February 2008, 03:07 pm

verey nice..

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