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See the winning photographs from the 2012 World Press Photo of the Year awards
For photojournalists it is the creme de la creme—an award they all secretly, or publicly covet. And, invariably, it comes with huge personal risk, because following the news often means placing oneself in harms way. Here are some of the winning pictures, more at the link. (Photos: New York Times/Corbis/Reuters)
Thursday, April 30, 2009: The last thing one expects to see in dusty Kandahar province is a turquoise-coloured lake. But there it is, northeast of Kandahar city, in Arghandab district. It’s not a natural body of water; rather, it’s the result of a dam and irrigation network built decades ago by American aid workers.
The entire system fell into disrepair during the Soviet occupation and the subsequent civil war, and under the Taiban regime. The Government of Canada pledged to fix it, and directed $50-million to the project. Work was just starting when I visited with a group of Canadian soldiers. The scenery was spectacular. Below the dam was a small pine forest that had somehow survived the axe. And in that forest sat an empty building that had once been used as a honeymooner’s hotel, back in the day when people could safely travel the 30 kilometres to the site from Kandahar city.
Photo/Text: Brian Hutchinson, National Post
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