Thailand Unrest Photos Awarded in Contest
July 19, 2011

Agence France-Presse photographer Nicolas Asfouri has won a Gold Prize in a photo-journalism contest hosted by South Koreaís Yonhap news agency for his series of images taken during the clashes in Thailand in 2010, it was announced on Tuesday.
(AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

Bangkok-based Asfouri, who covers Southeast Asia, submitted 10 photographs showing antigovernment Red Shirt rallies in the Thai capital last year, in which over 90 people died in clashes between protesters and the army.

He is one of six Gold Prize winners along with Mohammad Moniruzzaman of The Daily Samakal in Bangladesh; freelance Bethany Clark; Alex Masi of Corbis; Hiroto Sekiguchi of Japanís Yomiuri Shimbun; and Cho Young--Ho of South Koreaís Hankook Ilbo.

Each receives a $5,000 award.

Winner of the $30,000 Grand Prize was Emilio Morenatti of The Associated Press.

The contest was organized to support the United Nationsí Millennium Development Goals and drew more than 5,500 photos from photographers in 71 countries, Yonhap said.

The winning photographs will go on display in Seoul from August 10--September 30 and at the United Nations from August 22--September 9.