South African-born photographer, Jodi Bieber won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year for her portrait of an Afghan woman attacked by her husband.
The World Press Photo Organization announced the winners of the 54th annual contest on February 11 in Amsterdam.
Bieber’s close-up portrait shows 18-year-old Bibi Aisha, who tried to flee to her family home to escape her husband’s abuse. At the order of a Taliban commander, she was mutilated by her husband. Aisha was rescued by aid workers and the US military and taken to a women’s refuge in Kabul. She now lives in the US. Bieber’s image of Aisha also won first place in the World Press Photo Portrait category.
Bieber will receive a cash prize of 10,000 Euro, a Canon EOS camera and lens kit and a Swiss watch from the contest sponsor Muruie Lacroix.
The full list of winners can be found at worldpressphoto.org.