I love photography. The reason I love it is not that I like to show my work to people. I love it because it can capture moments and sensations in a way that a video camera would not be able to convey. I love it because it shows the beauty as well as the brutality of mankind on any given moment in any given place. And all it takes is a single click. I have also come to realize that it is not the brand or type of camera that makes photography (although it does help with the quality of the photo), it is a person’s outlook on life. What makes one a photographer is not the lens one uses but the way one looks and the things one sees through that lens.
The above photo was taken in Iraq by Chris Hondros. It took the second prize in the “Spot News” category of the World Press Photo contest, behind this photo, by Muhammad Azakir of Lebanon. I think that Hondros’s photo is much more deserving of the first prize than the photo by Azakir, although I think the latter is also a great shot.