AFP wins Gold Prize in S. Korea press photo contest

19th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Agence France-Presse photographer Nicolas Asfouri has won a Gold Prize in a photo-journalism contest hosted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency, it was announced Tuesday.

Bangkok-based Asfouri, who covers Southeast Asia, submitted 10 photographs showing anti-government Red Shirt rallies in the Thai capital last year, in which over 90 people died in clashes between protesters and the army.

He is one of six Gold Prize winners along with Mohammad Moniruzzaman of The Daily Samakal in Bangladesh; freelance Bethany Clark; Alex Masi of Corbis; Hiroto Sekiguchi of Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun; and Cho Young-Ho of South Korea's Hankook Ilbo.

Each receives a $5,000 award.

Winner of the $30,000 Grand Prize was Emilio Morenatti of The Associated Press.

The contest was organised to support the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and drew more than 5,500 photos from photographers in 71 countries, Yonhap said.

The winning photographs will go on display in Seoul from August 10-September 30 and at the United Nations from August 22-September 9.

© 2011 AFP

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