Khartoum, April 17 (SUNA) - Japanese photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year Award with a photo taken during the sit-in of the general command in Khartoum (April 6, 3 June 2019) to the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Japanese photographer called his image "The Clear Voice", which is for a young man who recite a poem surrounded by thousands of young people who were lighting the place with the lights of their mobile phones, due to the interruption of electricity from the sit-in field.

Chiba said "I am very happy of course," adding that he still felt like he was in a surreal scene.

 He received a cash prize of 10,000 euros.

The World Press Photo Award is usually presented at a special annual ceremony in Amsterdam, but it was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said, "I received the news with my family at home and I could not come to Amsterdam to attend the prize distribution party. So I still wonder if this is true".

Chiba took his winning picture among the demonstrators who were calling for the establishment of a civilian authority in their country.

He said, "the protests were an inspiring scene from different generations of youth and the elderly as well. There was a group of women to my right who were also repeating the slogan. And when the young man who was reading the poem pause, everyone answering "Revolution" adding, "it was a very powerful moment."

When Chiba took the picture, he did not realize that the young man was reading poetry and said, "I had to hear it from my colleagues, because I do not understand Arabic," adding, "I was really surprised to read poems in a situation like this."

"The photo is a good example of my work, and the photographer never knows what will happen and he has to stay ready," he said.

Chiba believes that his photo is strong because it says something about the protesters, saying that, "when you talk about demonstrators, you can't imagine what kind of people they are but when you know they are reading poetry, you get a much better picture of the protesters and how different they are. They were using poetry as a method of protest. Because of this I love this picture’’


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