February 12, 2010

Shout From the Rooftops: Pietro Masturzo's Winning World Press Photograph

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In the months following the stolen Iranian election, hearing how citizens were literally shouting protests from the rooftops, I kept scanning the news wires for a visual example. (I finally gave up looking, but this post was similarly inspired.)

Like Obama's Nobel, the choice of this photo as World Press Award Top Prize may be aimed at inspiration. As the world sits on the sidelines, this photo, in its distance and emptiness, captures the grace and remote prospects of a true people's revolution.

See also Eugene Richards' War is Personal which won the  2010 World Press Award Contemporary Issues Prize.

For a slide show of this year's World Press Award winners, click here.

(photo: Pietro Masturzo. caption: Women in Tehran shout from a rooftop in protest against the regime on 24 June in Tehran. The Iranian presidential elections were held on 12 June and the results, proclaiming victory by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, were strongly contested. In the weeks following the election, violent protests took place in the streets. At night, when the streets were empty, people went on to the rooftops of their homes to continue shouting their dissent. Their cries of 'death to the dictator' and 'Allah u Akbar (Allah is great)' echoed through Tehran.)

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