International Pictures Of The Year

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The prestigious awards in photo journalism “Pictures Of The Year International” were announced by the Annenberg Space Organization.  In this competition, the four main categories were  Photographer year (newspaper), Photo of the Year (freelance or agency), outlook, global view.

First prize in Photo of the Year ( freelance or agency ), a historical reconstruction of the battle for Yanan

Of course six weeks old Michelle Olofsson had no clue how fortunate she was being born at a Swedish hospital. But her dad Jakob and mother Ruth are very grateful that their premature born daughter could be saved. In a recent scientific report, Swedish hospitals are defined as being best in the world regarding prenatal care. When Michelle was born she weighed about one kilo. Now she almost ready to go home.

First prize in photography , the (newspaper), a Swedish girl Michelle Oloffson . She was born premature and had little chance to survive , but survived .

As the water level of Lake Meade has dropped, residents have relocated, however a few long time residents remain, fishing it's receding waters.

First prize in a global perspective . Photo Story of the death of the Colorado River .

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations and one of United States' largest practitioners of plural marriage. The FLDS Church emerged in the early 1900s when its founding members left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The split occurred largely because of the LDS Church's renunciation of polygamy and its decision to excommunicate practitioners of plural marriage. The FLDS Church headquarters were originally located in what was then known as Short Creek, Arizona, on the southern border of Utah. The settlement eventually expanded into Utah and became incorporated as the twin municipalities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. They gained international notoriety with the arrest of their leader Warren S. Jeffs, who in May 2006 was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on Utah state charges related to his alleged arrangement of unlawful marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls. In April 2008 investigators from Child Protective Services and the Texas Rangers raided the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas after receiving a call from a woman who claimed to be an abused 16-year-old living there. That call later turned out to be a hoax, although authorities eventually removed 440 children from the ranch, which they said had been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. After two months in state custody, two Texas courts ruled a lower court judge did not have sufficient evidence of abuse to keep the children in custody and they were returned to their parents. Contact is FLDS facilitator Sam Steed 435 467 1771.

First prize in public awareness. Photo Story of polygamy in the United States.

STORY SUMMARY:          Medieval Islamic writings call the Amu and Syr Darya in Central Asia two of the four rivers of Paradise.  The water they yield has sustained human life for 40,000 years, providing pastures for nomadic herders, irrigation for farmers, and enabling the development of culture, trade, language, literature, and in parallel, a succession of wars and imperial conquests from east and west over the centuries.          During the twentieth century, the Soviet government transformed the rivers into a web of irrigation canals that diverted such large quantities of water that the Aral Sea Ð once the worldÕs fourth largest lake Ð began to disappear, leaving salt and dust storms in its place. When MoscowÕs rule ended in 1991, the five new Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan appeared. They are burdened with plunging economies, artificial borders, and a growing environmental crisis.          This project follows the Amu and Syr Darya from their source in the Pamir and Tien Shen mountains, downstream, and across borders to their dwindling ends at the Aral Sea basin. I am looking at the landscapes and people whose lives are affected by the regionÕs water troubles. Without viewing broad picture of the region in the context of history, economy, culture, and politics, this growing and little known environmental crisis cannot be fully understood.  IMAGE CAPTION:  The water that nourishes the whole region comes from melting glaciers and snow in the mountains of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. During Soviet times, decisions about sharing of resources were made by the central government in Moscow. Now, the countries are constantly disputing how the region's dams should be used. This is a reservoir above nurek dam in Tajikistan. The line along the shore indicates a low water level. The overall water supply will continue to diminish in the future.

First prize in Science dike Nurek in Tajikistan .

Unrest Continues After Iranian Presidential Elections

Special prize, the civil disobedience campaign in Iran.

Workers in the factories have no immunity defenses. They get ill after one or two years on the job. Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia.  April 10, 2005

Finalist nomination outlook . Reporting on environmental pollution in China.

Tree seedlings grow into a rocky ground that have recently been planted for reclamation on a mountaintop removal site in eastern Kentucky. Because the rich topsoil on which trees and native plants once thrived has been scraped off during the mining, often times it is difficult to get many native trees to survive on reclaimed sites. Complete reforestation is rare, and many sites end up as grassy pastures after it is hydro-seeded.

Finalist nomination global view . Photos of the environmental problems associated with coal mining in Appalachia.

After School Hip-hop

Third prize in Photo of the Year ( newspaper ). Boy dancing hip – hop.

"Coming of Age"

Special prize in the nomination news . Adulthood .

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