Photojournalism Category Winner: Ed Kashi

American Photo Images of the Year 2009

Photojournalism-Category-Winner-Ed-Kashi

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Ed Kashi

While documenting Nigeria's oil industry for his book Curse of the Black Gold (Powerhouse), Ed Kashi discovered the Trans Amadi Slaughter, an abattoir that had sprung up after petroleum-related pollution destroyed local fisheries. The photographer spent three days shooting the grim conditions and young workers. "It was so visually and emotionally overwhelming, it took all my senses to figure out how to make a great picture," says Kashi. But he found it, snapping this stirring shot of a 14-year-old carrying a goat to be roasted over a pit of burning tires. After the picture appeared in National Geographic, one reader was so moved that she raised money for the boy to return to school. "When a photo inspires someone to action," says Kashi, "I've done my job."

CLOSE-UP

• Training: BFA in photojournalism from Syracuse University
• Documentary projects: Aging and health care in America, the Iraqi Kurds, Pakistani culture
• Inspired by: People's stories and issues "that stir my soul"
• Best advice: Know what you're really good at and focus on that. You can't do everything well.
• Website: edkashi.com

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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-The-Rivers

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Underbelly of Kathmandu-The RiversOne of the main reasons for the poor water quality is the lack of waste disposal facilities, sanitation facilities, and water treatment plants. The two main rivers, the Bagmati and the Bishnumati, which pass through the city of Kathmandu, are absolutely filthy with raw sewage and garbage. Raw sewage and solid waste are often disposed of on the banks or in the rivers by locals who have no access to sanitation facilities or waste disposal and also by the municipalities. The sad thing is that these river areas are often the place where the poor find space to build their homes.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-The-Playground

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Underbelly of Kathmandu-The PlaygroundThe Playground of the Urban PoorLarry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-Our-Bed

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-Our BedThe Underbelly of Kathmandu consists of the new slum areas popping all over the valley. These areas are made up mostly of people displaced from their hillside villages due to the Maoist conflict in the recent years or people from the lower caste (Dalits) who are just too poor to afford properties. These people are considered “squatters” with no land rights by the local government. These are the new urban poor of Kathmandu.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-Our-Home

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-Our HomeThe infrastructure in Kathmandu is taxed to the limit. It is estimated that at least 1/3 of the population in the valley have inadequate access to safe water, and inadequate access to sanitation, not to mention only several hours of rotating electricity a day.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-Our-Home-2

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-Our Home 2Thus Kathmandu being the urban center of Nepal, is also quickly becoming the urban slum central.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-Children-of-the-Urban-Poor

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-Children of the Urban PoorLarry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-The-Seniors

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Underbelly of Kathmandu-The SeniorsAs it is with all slum areas around the world, the conditions affect the oldest and the youngest the most.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-New-Life

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-New LifeAs we travel through Kathmandu Valley, it was not the majestic Himalayan Mountains that captured our attention, but the rapidly deterioration of the whole valley and the endurance of the people living there.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-Senior-2

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-Senior 2The people of Nepal is what bring visitors back to Nepal over and over again. The gentleness and resilience of these people is quite amazing despite the simmering crisis that exists.Larry Louie
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Underbelly-of-Kathmandu-Senior-3

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Underbelly of Kathmandu-Senior 3The Underbelly of Kathmandu is a little Nepal on its own, consisting of people from all areas of Nepal, all looking for a better future for their family, all looking towards the new government to lead them there.Larry Louie
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Inanimate LoveTa-Bo reads in the company of his many love dolls in his apartment in Tokyo. Since he gave up on women, he has begun purchasing anatomically correct 'Love Dolls', which he uses for sex and companionship. He has over 100 of these dolls in his apartment.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud1

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Under A Nuclear Cloud1Nurse Larissa Soboleva holds two-year-old Adil Zhilyaev in an orphanage in Semey, Kazakhstan. Adil was born blind and afflicted with Infantile Cerebral Paralysis (ICP) and hydrocephalus, as a result of his mothers exposure to radiation during years of Soviet weapons testing during the Cold War. He was abandoned by his parents, and is now cared for in an orphanage.Ed Ou
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Under A Nuclear Cloud2Mayra Zhumageldina pushes her 16-year-old daughter, Zhannoor on a wheelchair in Semey, Kazakhstan. Mayra lived in a village close to the Nuclear Polygon, where over 400 nuclear weapons were test detonated during the Cold War. Zhannoor was born with microcephaly and sixth-degree scoliosis — a twisted spine — because of exposure to high levels of radiation. The defect harmed Zhannoor’s brain development as if she were in a permanent vegetative state. She cannot think, speak or perform basic functions.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud3

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Under A Nuclear Cloud3Nikita Bochkaryov, 18, types with a stick attached to a helmet during a Russian grammar lesson with a teacher, in his apartment in Semey, Kazakhstan. Being born with infantile cerebral palsy, he cannot speak or control his limbs: he uses a keyboard and a stick to communicate. His life exists on the internet, where his mind is liberated from his physical disability, enabling him to write stories, letters and poems, and communicate with his loved ones.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud4

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Under A Nuclear Cloud4Mayra Zhumageldina bathes her daughter, Zhannoor, in Semey. Zhannoor, 16, was born with microcephaly and sixth-degree scoliosis — a twisted spine — because of exposure to high levels of radiation. The defect harmed Zhannoor’s brain development as if she were in a permanent vegetative state. She cannot think, speak or perform basic functions. Mayra must bathe her every day because she cannot afford diapers.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud5

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Under A Nuclear CloudBerik Syzdykov (right) reaches out for the hand of his mother-in-law, Bibigul, in her home inside the nuclear polygon in Kazakhstan.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud6

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Under A Nuclear Cloud6Mayra Zhumageldina massages her 16-year-old daughter, Zhannoor at night before bed in their home in Semey, Kazakhstan Feb. 24, 2009.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud7

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Under A Nuclear Cloud7Autistic 7-year-old Valeria Zholdina plays with fiber optic lights in a rehabilitation center in Semey, Kazakhstan Jan. 15, 2009. She was born with a developmental problems, and only recently learned to walk. The lights are designed to develop motor control skills.Ed Ou
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Under-A-Nuclear-Cloud8

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Under A Nuclear Cloud8Mayra Zhumageldina sleeps with her 16-year-old daughter, Zhannoor in their home in Semey, Kazakhstan.Ed Ou
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ship Breaking Workers1Workers carry a piece of iron at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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Ship-Breaking-Workers2

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Ship Breaking Workers2Workers carry a gas cylinder at a ship breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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Ship-Breaking-Workers3

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ship Breaking Workers3Workers weld a wrecked part of a ship at a ship-breaking yard in ChittagongAndrew Biraj/reuters
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Ship-Breaking-Workers4

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ship Breaking Workers4A worker holds a welding machine at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ship Breaking Workers5Workers work at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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Ship-Breaking-Workers6

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Ship Breaking Workers6Workers are seen at a common residence nearby a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ship Breaking Workers7Workers rest after work at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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Ship-Breaking-Workers8

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Ship Breaking Workers8Workers carry a long rope at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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Ship-Breaking-Workers9

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ship Breaking Workers9Workers look out from a large cutout on the side of a ship at a ship breaking yard in Chittagong.Andrew Biraj/reuters
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Shrimp Fishing1April Maciborka
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Shrimp Fishing2April Maciborka
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Shrimp Fishing7Some fishermen get lucky and hoist their morning catch off the boat to the beach for inspection.
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Shrimp-Fishing6

Photojournalism Category Runner-Up*Title:* Shrimp Fishing6As the sun rises, the fishermen finish collecting their nets and paddle back to shore standing up.April Maciborka
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Shrimp Fishing5After the net sits in the water for about 20 minutes, the net is drawn together from each end and pulled up onto the boat.April Maciborka
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Shrimp-Fishing4

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Shrimp Fishing4One fisherman slowly drops a net into the ocean water while the other steers the boat in a circle.April Maciborka
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Pakistani-Dog-for-Fighting1

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up **Title: *Pakistani Dog for Fighting1This is a Gull Terr dog during a walk around his hut in the countryside. The 3 years old dog is out from the fighting period, which will start in November.Achille Piotrowicz
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Pakistani-Dog-for-Fighting2

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up **Title: *Pakistani Dog for Fighting2Diamond is a dog, age one-and-a-half, family Bully Kutta, Indian origin, with high reputation despite never have fought before.Achille Piotrowicz
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Pakistani-Dog-for-Fighting3

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up **Title:* Pakistani Dog for Fighting3This is a gull terr in his compound. Attock, Pakistan, on Saturday, August 30 2008Achille Piotrowicz
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up **Title: *Pakistani Dog for Fighting5A child plays with a bib of a mastiff dog.Achille Piotrowicz
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up **Title:* Pakistani Dog for Fighting6Security guards hold back two dogs that are fighting in the arena.Achille Piotrowicz
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*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up **Title: *Pakistani Dog for Fighting7Security guards hold back two dogs that are still fighting despite the battle being over.Achille Piotrowicz
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Pakistani-Dog-for-Fighting9

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title: *Pakistani Dog for Fighting9Winner of his fight, this full terr saved his reputation as a good champion of his category.Achille Piotrowicz
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Pakistani-Dog-for-Fighting10

*Photojournalism Category Runner-Up**Title:* Pakistani Dog for Fighting10One of the first dog fights of the season.Achille Piotrowicz
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Curse-of-the-Black-Gold-50-Years-of-Oil-in-the-Niger-Delta

*Photojournalism Category Winner**Title:* Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger DeltaWhile documenting Nigeria’s oil industry for his book Curse of the Black Gold (Powerhouse), Ed Kashi discovered the Trans Amadi Slaughter, an abattoir that had sprung up after petroleum-related pollution destroyed local fisheries. The photographer spent three days shooting the grim conditions and young workers. “It was so visually and emotionally overwhelming, it took all my senses to figure out how to make a great picture,” says Kashi. But he found it, snapping this stirring shot of a 14-year-old carrying a goat to be roasted over a pit of burning tires. After the picture appeared in National Geographic, one reader was so moved that she raised money for the boy to return to school. “When a photo inspires someone to action,” says Kashi, “I’ve done my job.”Ed Kashi