The soul-stirring image of a crying little girl in a helpless condition as US border patrolling officials were taken into custody her and her mother, won the distinguished World Press Photo Award. Judges told expert Getty photographer John Moore’s picture taken after Honduran mother Sandra Sanchez and her daughter Yanela illegally crossed the border between Us and Mexico in the last year presented “a different kind of violence that is psychological”.
The picture of the weeping toddler was revealed across the world and instigated a public screaming about the controversial policy of Washington for separating thousands of migrants and their children.
The US Customs and Border Protection officials told later Yanela and her mom was not among those dissociated, but the public uproar “ resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy in June last year” in June of last year told by the judges.
Moore was capturing pictures of US Border Patrol agents on a moonless night in the Rio Grande Valley on 12th June last year while they came across a group of people who attempted to cross the border.
Moore told the US-based National Public Radio broadcaster in a short interview, “ I could see the fear on their faces, in their eyes”.
As officials uttered their names, Moore informed he noticed Sandra Sanchez and her toddler who began weeping while her mom put her down to be found. Moore who had been capturing images across the US-Mexico border for a decade said, “I took a knee and had very few frames of that moment before it was over ”.
In Amsterdam, at the award ceremony, Moore informed AFP, “ I wanted to tell a different story.” The 51-year-old photographer told, “ for me it was a chance to show a view of humanity that is often only related in statistics”.
Moore also said, “ I think an issue like this, immigration issues, resonates not just in the United States, but around the world”, addressing several hundred guests at the awards.
The controversial issue of illegal migration was additionally featured at an award ceremony on Thursday. The judge selected Dutch-Swedish photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen’s images of the mass-migrant caravan of 2018 to the US border as its winner in the “ World Press Photo Story of the Year Award”.