In our post-Life magazine age, we sometimes forget that the still photograph can be the most moving. But the World Press Photo, which receives financial support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon, the Japanese camera company, reminds us this month with its top photos of 2012.
The winner in the General News/1st prize singles category is Rodrigo Abd, an Argentine photographer for the Associated Press, who saw Aida on March 10, 2012, in Idib, Syria. Abd didn’t just give us a woman recovering from severe injuries when her house was shelled by Syrian forces loyal to Bashar Assad. He captured the pain, terror, anguish and anger of the Syrian opposition. Aida’s husband and two children were killed in the shelling.