Picture of grieving Stoltenberg wins Photo of The Year award
A photograph of Jens Stoltenberg embracing the Labor Youth Organization (AUF) leader, Eskil Pedersen, at Sundvolden Hotel shortly after the Utøya attack has won the annual Photo of The Year award arranged by the Norwegian Press Photographers Club. The photo was taken by freelance photographer, Tommy Ellingsen, working for Stavanger Aftenblad. In the background of the photo, a police bodyguard can be seen as well as former Justice Minister, Knut Storberget.
“The picture has the strength that we, as a jury, get a lump in our stomach when we see it several months after the terror acts on July 22, 2011. We do not see the terror, we do not see the destruction, but we see the sorrow and anger it leaves behind,” the jury wrote in its decision.
A video of Anders Behring Breivik and police on Utøya during a police reconstruction of the terror attacks won the award for the best news video of the year. The video was a collaborative effort of several photographers working for Verdens Gang (VG): Mathias Jørgensen, Gisle Oddstad, Jarle Brenna, Helge Mikalsen, Espen Braata, Trond Solberg and Mattis Sandblad.
The Press Photographers Club gave this years “nice boy” award to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The award is given to public figures who have shown great ability to collaborate well with the press.
LITERATURE HOUSE (AP) – Shots of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg embracing AUF leader of the terrorist attack on Utøya has been named this year’s image.
It is July 23, the day after Norway has changed forever. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg embrace AUF leader Eskil Pedersen Sundvolden hotel. He hugs his young colleague, facial expression is clenched.
To the left stands a guard, ready. In the background a glimpse former Justice Minister Knut Storberget.
“I remember very well that I met Eskil Pedersen, I gave him a hug, and that it was painful. Painful to see him hurt to see all the others, and especially painful to see all those who had received news that one of their closest had lost their lives,” says Jens Stoltenberg told AP about the moment that was captured and the Year image….
Original article: Stoltenberg om årets bilde: “Jeg husker at det var vondt å se Eskil”
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