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World Press Photo of the Year

February 22nd, 2007 | 1 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

This photo by Spencer Platt won the World Press Photo of the Year award.   

Taken in a neighborhood in South Beirut, it is an interesting juxtaposition of the comforts of normal life with the havoc of war.  Notice the girl capturing the scene on her camera phone.  

Other images from the contest are available here

I wasn't sure about whether I could put the image on Mere O, but the Washington Post story had it and the following disclaimer, which includes (I think) Mere O's use: 

World Press Photo of the year 2006 by American photographer Spencer Platt for Getty images showing young Lebanese driving through a devastated neighborhood of South Beirut, August 15 2006. This material is for single publications in print or for a temporary online publication, and may be used exclusively to publicize the 2007 World Press Photo contest and exhibition. It may not be published as part of an article or any other item that contains no direct link to World Press Photo and its activities without prior permission from the photographer or agency. (AP Photo/Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Spencer Platt - AP)

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.