A World Press Photo Award for a Picture of Grief
This story was originally published in March 2011.
Altaf Qadri, a Kashmiri photojournalist, has won the 1st prize in the People in the News, Singles category of the latest edition of the World Press Photo Awards. Altaf, who works for the Associated Press, had initially submitted a photo essay on the recent uprising in Kashmir, but one particular photograph was chosen from the essay and put into the Singles category. The photograph was made at the funeral of 16-year old Feroz Ahmad, alias Showkar Ahmad. Ahmad was killed when the personnel of the Special Operations Group of police fired on civilians during a break in a pro-freedom strike by the Hurriyat conference on 6 September 2010. This strike was being held in the Palhalan area of North Kashmir’s Baramullah district. Altaf says, “For me, this particular image portrays the inconsolable grief of a sister. It looked like she was trying to wake her dead brother from a deep slumber. In fact, she depicts the pain of an ordinary Kashmiri woman, whose brothers, sons, fathers or husbands have been killed, arrested for life or simply have been disappeared involuntarily. This pain can be seen in each and every nook and corner of Kashmir.” Interestingly, this photograph has also been given the Award of Excellence by Pictures of the Year International (POYi).
-Written by Ambarin AfsarTags: Altaf Qadri, Ambarin Afsar, Award of Excellence by Pictures of the Year International (POYi), Kashmir, Look Who's Shooting, march 2011, World Press Photo Awards