Friday, 5 August 2011

what is Photojournalism?

Photojournalism is a branch of the field of journalism characterized by the use of images to tell a story. The images in a photojournalism piece may be accompanied with explanatory text, or shown independently, with the images themselves narrating the events they depict. [read more...]

Few examples for Photojournalism.(Courtesy: Yahoo! India News – Thu, Aug 4, 2011)

Africa, consumed by hunger
As drought, famine and war ravage the Horn of Africa, nearly 29,000 children aged below five have already died. Even as it battles the worst drought in 60 years, Somalia can barely lick the wounds inflicted by civil strife, which hasplagued the beleaguered nation for two decades. Impoverished refugees fleeing the country to aid camps in Kenya have to face the wrath of Al Qaeda-backed Shebab militia on the poorly policed border between the countries. The crisis, which the United Nations declared as more serious than the 1984 Ethiopia famine that claimed nearly a million lives, now threatens to spread to Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti.

A Somali father and daughter wait in line at a refugee registration centre at Dagahaley refugee site within the Dadaab complex in Kenya after being displaced from their home in southern Somalia by the famine that is ravaging the Horn of Africa. An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia -- around a third of the country’s population -- are on the brink of starvation. Aid agencies are stretched in trying to cope with a daily influx of Somalis escaping both the drought and al-Shabab extremists who have taken advantage of the famine to forcefully arrest and recruit men trying to escape.

Aden Salaad, 2, is bathed by his mother at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Dagahaley Camp in Kenya, where he is being treated for malnutrition. UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world.

An aid worker using an iPad films the rotting carcass of a cow in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border. Since drought gripped the Horn of Africa, and especially since famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the international aid industry has swept in and out of refugee camps and remote hamlets in branded planes and snaking lines of white 4x4s. This humanitarian, diplomatic and media circus is necessary every time people go hungry in Africa, analysts say, because governments -- both African and foreign -- rarely respond early enough to looming catastrophes. Combine that with an often simplistic explanation of the causes of famine, and a growing band of aid critics say parts of Africa are doomed to a never-ending cycle of ignored early warnings, media appeals and emergency UN feeding -- rather than a transition to lasting self-sufficiency. [See more..]

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