US Foreclosure Image is 2008 World Press Photo

by
Craig Brown

From the Independent/UK today:

This picture by US photographer Anthony Suau, for Time won the World
Press Photo of the Year 2008 award, it was announced by the organisers
on 13 February 2009 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. US Economy in
Crisis: Following eviction, Detective Robert Kole must ensure residents
have moved out of their home in Cleveland, Ohio, 26 March 2008.

A picture of an armed sheriff moving through an American home after an eviction due to a mortgage foreclosure was named World Press Photo of 2008 on Friday.

Jury members said the strength of the photo by American Anthony Suau for Time magazine was in its opposites -- it looks like a classic war photograph, but is simply the eviction of people from a house.

"Now war in its classic sense is coming into people's houses because they can't pay their mortgages," jury chair MaryAnne Golon said.

Fellow juror Akinbode Akinbiyi said: "All over the world people will be thinking: 'This is what is happening to all of us'."

The news agency Agence France-Presse won the Best Spot News Photo category with an image of post-election violence in Kenya and also the People In The News Singles category with an image of tribal conflict in western Kenya.

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