Saturday, February 09, 2008


A photo need not be clear, focused or composed to become award winning. You just HAVE TO BE THERE. This photo by John Moore of Getty Images won the 1st Prize in the Spot New category of the World Press Photo Contest. It was taken on December 27 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The title of the photo is: The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto.


Blogger frank cimatu said...

You don't need focus and composition. You only need to be there. This won the 1st Prize in the Spot News category at the World Press Photo. This was taken by John Moore for Getty Images. Taken last Dec 27 at Pakistan. Yes, the title of the photo is: The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This photo is the exception to the rule. Just look at the rest of the pictures that won prizes; Moore’s is the only one that’s as bad as it is. Without its context, that the explosion caught in the background and the chaos in the foreground happened right after Benazir (whom the world watches, which is why Getty sent someone to cover) was shot, this blurry picture is worth less (but not worthless).

In photography, sharp focus and good composition are necessary, Frank. If a photographer cannot nail both with some consistency, he is "bano" like some people I know.

But the one rule in photojournalism that one cannot break is being there. You would have neither photo nor news if you’re not around where it’s at.

Sorry for the lecture, Frank. Hope all is well over there in cool Baguio. Where I am, it's cold like hell.

1:25 PM  

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