First, congratulations to Pakistan Chief photographer Adrees Latif and Bangladesh based photographer Andrew Biraj for their competition awards this week. Adrees is the winner of the photojournalism category of the ICP Infinity Awards 2011 for his pictures shoot during the floods in Pakistan last year. Andrew won third prize in the singles category of daily life in the World Press Photo Awards for his picture of an overcrowded train in Bangladesh.
Marooned flood victims looking to escape grab the side bars of a hovering Army helicopter which arrived to distribute food supplies in the Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan's Punjab province August 7, 2010. Pakistanis desperate to get out of flooded villages threw themselves at helicopters on Saturday as more heavy rain was expected to intensify both suffering and anger with the government. The disaster killed more than 1,600 people and disrupted the lives of 12 million. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
An overcrowded train approaches as other passengers wait to board at a railway station in Dhaka, November 16, 2010. Millions of residents in Dhaka are travelling home from the capital city to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday on Wednesday. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
In the same week that Thailand and Cambodia faced off after shelling each other over the land surrounding the 900 year old Preah Vihear temple, separatists killed three Buddhist monks in the south and Prime Minister Abhisit decided to pose for pictures with veteran German rockers The Scorpions as they carried out their farewell tour. ( I am not sure who gained the most credibility from this meeting). Also, newly formed Thai airline PC Air staged a photocall for their transsexual staff applying makeup to make them even more beautiful. In Damir's picture the boredom of the Cambodian troops is brought across by the posture of the soldiers, the dull colours broken by the flash of orange from the monk's robes in the window. I will let Chaiwat's picture speak for itself as the direct eye contact challenges all the senses.
A Buddhist monk looks through the window of the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple as Cambodian soldiers pass the time at the border between Thailand and Cambodia February 8, 2011. Thai and Cambodian troops stood on high alert on Tuesday after clashing in disputed jungle around the Hindu temple, as both sides face intense regional diplomatic pressure to lay down arms. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj