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Three AFP photographers awarded at the World Press Photo 2012
AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba was awarded first prize in the “People in the News” category of the prestigious World Press Photo 2012 awards for his series of photographs on the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Yasuyoshi Chiba was working in Nairobi in March 2011 when he was called to Japan to cover the catastrophe in his native country.
Massoud Hossaini who has worked with the AFP since 2007, he was awarded 2nd prize in the “Spot Photo” category of the 2012 World Press Photo. The award-winning photograph was of a young girl dressed in green screaming amid the victims of an attack in Kabul on the 6th of December 2011, the Day of Ashura.
Massoud Hossaini is aged 30 and was born in Afghanistan. He was just yards away from the Shia shrine when the blast hit which killed 80 and injured 150.
Pedro Pardo the AFP’s correspondent in Acapulco was awarded 3rd prize in the 2012 World Press Photo awards ‘Contemporary Issues” category for his photo “violence in Acapulco”.