Emilio Morenatti – Afghan Girls

Afghan Girls - 2004

Local children watch U.N. workers unloading ballot kits from a helicopter in Ghumaipayan Mahnow village, some 410 kilometers (256 miles) northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 4, 2004, in advance of a direct presidential vote five days later. Air transport is the only way to deliver the electoral material to the virtually inaccessible rural areas of Badakhshan province.

Awards: National Headliner Awards, First Place, Feature Photography

Emilio Morenatti (b. 1969, Spain) is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Madrid, Spain. He has covered major international stories exclusively for AP since 2004.

In 2009 he lost his left foot to amputation after the vehicle in which he was riding was struck by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.

  • National Press Photographers Association, Best of Photojournalism: Photographer of the Year - 2010
  • Pictures of the Year International: Newspaper Photographer of the Year - 2009
  • Gramling Journalism Award - 2009



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