Best of Photojournalism: Reaction

March 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm (Reaction)

I decided to take a look at the 2008 Best of Photojournalism Web site. At first I found it a bit tough to navigate from the page that I was linked into – seeing as though it wasn’t the main page, and it happened to link to Web sites and multimedia. We weren’t supposed to critique a slideshow. Instead of mussing around with the multimedia packages that were aesthetically pleasing, but a little too much for me, I went to the site’s main page and eventually found what I was looking for. I made my way to the actual winners’ page and began to look at the portfolios of some of the different winners.

First, I looked at John Moore, of Getty Images. He was the winner of the still photography category. His entire portfolio was features of Iraq. To be honest, the most intriguing photos to me were of the former prime minister, simply because I had no idea what had actually happened. Overall, they told a good story – kind of depressing, but it was complete and a really nice visual to a depressing tale.

A slain Pakistani soldier, who’s body was beheaded, lies on the ground where he was shot by Taliban militants days earlier on October 30, 2007 in the village of Manglour in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. The scenic Swat Valley, not far from the Afghan border, was once one of Pakistan’s most popular tourist areas. John Moore. Getty Images.

His photos were amazingly colorful, and he wasn’t afraid to go with the motion and unfocused action shots to give a feeling of actually being there.

Afterwards, I checked out the third place winner, Stephen M. Katz, who shoots for the Virginia-Pilot and also Physicians for Peace. His photos were so intriguing, especially those for the Physicians for Peace project. They were based in Nigeria with the troubles that have been happening medically. Again, I was very intrigued by the stories that were being told. It’s always the medical oddities that grab my attention.

A Burning Problem A young woman may not recover her sight after the lantern she was lighting exploded in her face. Stephen M. Katz. Physicians for Peace.

Overall, they were general photo galleries. The captions were wonderful additions. And the photographs were composed so well. It would be an awesome job.


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