1992 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Steve McCurry

Magnum Photos for National Geographic

01 January, 1991

A bird in an oil covered wasteland, Al Ahmadi Oil Fields, Kuwait. As his army retreated from Kuwait, at the end of the First Gulf War, Saddam Hussein ordered the ignition of the oil fields that scatter the country. The effect was an ecological disaster of unimaginable scale.

About the photographer

Steve McCurry

After graduating from Pennsylvania University, Steve McCurry worked at a newspaper for two years and then left the United States to freelance on the Indian subcontinent. The mate...

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