A protester sits on a chair surrounded by others after storming the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's office, demanding he resign after president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country amid economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Rajapaksa fled on a military jet on Wednesday after angry protesters seized his home and office, and appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting president while he is overseas. Wickremesinghe quickly declared a nationwide state of emergency to counter swelling protests over the country's economic and political collapse.

First Place

Rafiq Maqbool

Born and brought up in Kashmir, I start working for Associated Press in 1998 as a freelance and was hired full time in 2002. I had covered assignments range from news, features, sports, daily life, and business. In 2007 I moved to Kabul as chief photographer, Afghanistan. During my two-year stint in Afghanistan, with guidance and help from colleagues, I successfully started full-time operations for photos in the Kabul bureau. During my time in Kabul, between 2007-2009 I was mostly on embeds covering the story of the allied forces as they worked on the ground in the region. In 2009 I moved back to India and now based in Mumbai. Awards Pulitzer Finalist, Breaking News Photography, 2010 For the 2009 picture of an injured American soldier was part of the AP team pictures for the unfolding Afghanistan story that year. World Press Photo, Third Prize, General News Photography, 2006 In October 2005, I covered the devastating earthquake in Kashmir which was a few miles from my own home. Overseas Press Club of America, Robert Capa Citation, 2001 POY Award of Excellence, Feature Photography, 2007 For the Afghan widow’s photo shot in 2006 while on assignment covering relief work by the ngo CARE in Kabul Deadline Club of America, NYC Chapter, Feature Photo Finalist, 2007 For the Afghan widow’s photo shot in 2006 while on assignment covering relief work by the ngo CARE in Kabul China International Press Photo Contest (CHIP) Awards between 2005 – 2010 I’ve won 5 CHIP awards

[ SPOT NEWS ] This is a category for single photographs of breaking news or events in which no planning was possible. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2022.

Judges for Spot News
Jilson Tiu
Uma Bista
Takaaki Iwabu
Parisa Azadi
Nathan Tsui
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