UK photographer Tim Hetherington has won the top prize of the World Press Photo of the Year 2007 competition. His winning photo of an exhausted American soldier in a bunker in Afghanistan â€œshows the exhaustion of a man and the exhaustion of a nation,â€ said jury chairman Gary Knight.
Hetherington will receive his award during a ceremony in Amsterdam on Sunday, April 27, 2008. Among his prizes are â‚¬10,000 cash and a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera. His winning photo was from a series of images he shot for Vanity Fair to illustrate author Sebastian Jungerâ€™s story, â€œInto the Valley of Death.â€
This yearâ€™s World Press Photo winners include photojournalists from the United States:
Carol Guzy of The Washington Post
Chris Detrick of The Salt Lake Tribune
College Photographer of the Year Travis Dove
Justin Maxom of Aurora Photos
Benjamin Lowy of VII
Carolyn Drake of Panos Pictures
Chuck Close of New York magazine
Jeff Hutchens of Getty Images
Damon Winter of The New York Times
David Liittschwager of National Geographic
In all, 59 photographers from 23 nationalities were awarded prizes for the 51st World Press Photo contest.