Top 10 Pictures That Astonished the World

As the saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words”, in my opinion, it tells you more than that. By looking at these most powerful pictures caught on cameras by different photographers, you will surely agree with me.

10. Earthquake Victims, 1983

The picture was taken by photographer Mustafa Bozdemir showing the devastating impact of earthquake in 1983, at turkey. It was of 7.1 magnitude and occurred at 5 o’ clock in early morning. In a picture, a mother finds her five babies dead. Babies were sleeping at home while parents were milking the cows when this tragic incident happened.

9. Tragic Drought, 1994

This tragic photo was taken by Kevin Carter. He was 33 years old and committed suicide 3 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for this picture. Picture was shot in Sudan where a starving little girl bent while trying to get some food nearby. The photographer took his life out of guilt being found him helpless or may be revealing of tragic deaths occur out of hunger to him. The photograph is in incomplete information, as people want to know whether girl survived from hunger and cruel bird.

8. 21 Week Old Baby’s Hand, 1999

This is a very famous picture taken by photojournalist Michel Clancy during a spina bifida operation. He was assigned for coverage of this operation but no one knows he will show the world, the hand of 21 week old baby holding the hand of doctor. Picture was published as a part of controversy related to abortions.

7. Black Dorothy’s First Day at School, 1957

Dorothy Counts was the first black person who was admitted to the Harry Harding School on equal seats. But just after four days of admission, she decided to quit because she was disappointed to bear the abusive behavior of her white fellows any more.

6. Falling from the Window, 1975

The picture was taken on the accident of a burning department. 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones were waiting for rescue man who was climbing on a ladder, meanwhile the fire escape at the fifth floor collapsed. Bryant was expired while Jones survived as she landed on Bryant’s body. This black-and-white photograph by Stanley Forman received the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and the title of World Press Photo of the Year.

5. Bhopal Gas Tragedy, 1984

This photo is known as a symbol of Bhopal gas accident. The disastrous accident took place in India in 1984, where a gas leakage from the Union Carbide India limited, a pesticide plant, took the lives of more than 15,000 people. Here in a photo, a man is burying his child, died out of release of methyl isocyanate gas into the air. No one knows whether it was a negligence of any worker or was really a natural accident.

4. Napalm Tragedy, 1972

This famous picture shows nine years old Kim Phuc, running down a road nude near Trang Bang after a South Vietnamese Air Force napalm attack on June 8, 1972.

3. Heartbreaking Protest of Buddhist Monk, 1963

The picture was taken on the event of protesting Buddhist monks. One monk burnt himself in a protest against the decision of Vietnamese government for the persecution of Buddhists. Monk burnt himself without making any noise or even a movement. His name was Thich Quang Duc.

2. Iraqi War Prisoner, 2003

Here in a picture, an Iraqi prisoner is trying to comfort his four years old son at US army base camp. The boy was scared to see his father hooded. Award winning photo shows the adverse impact of war. AP photographer Jean-Marc Bouju has won the 2003 World Press Photo of the Year competition.

1. Omayra Sánchez, 1985

Picture was taken on the disastrous event of eruption of volcano, Nevado Del Ruiz in 1985. Here in a picture, a girl rescued herself from the water and mud of her own house. The girl couldn’t survived and died after three days. She gave a sad interview before her death and said that she did not want to be late for her school. Picture was taken not long before her death.


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