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Getty Images Senior Staff Photographer John Moore has won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for his image capturing the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party and twice Prime Minister of Pakistan, died while campaigning at a political rally in January 2008 when a suicide bomb was detonated. The attack also killed at least 23 other people. John Moore was the only American Journalist present at the scene.
Judges awarded Moore with the prize on the basis that he had "withstood the deadly chaos of a suicide bombing attack that killed Benazir Bhutto to record the last moments of the politician's life. During the attack and the ensuing pandemonium, Moore courageously photographed the violence and shattered hopes of those looking toward the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. In the spirit of Robert Capa, Moore captured the frenzied moments of the assassination and its deadly aftermath to bear witness to a significant historical moment."
The award which is given for the best photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise, is named after Austrian-Hungarian photographer Robert Capa best known for his fearless coverage of five different wars in the 20th Century.
About the OPC
The OPC (Overseas Press Club of America) was founded in 1939 in New York City by a group of foreign correspondents, seeks to maintain an international association of journalists working in the United States and abroad; to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news; to help educate a new generation of journalists; to contribute to the freedom and independence of journalists and the press throughout the world, and to work toward better communication and understanding among people.
For a full list of award winners please visit the OPC website.