1998 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Santiago Lyon

The Associated Press

01 January, 1997

When over half of Albania's population lost their high-risk investments at the beginning of the year, they turned their rage against the authorities. Particularly in the south, rebellious mobs attacked army barracks, police stations and shops to procure arms and other goods. At one point every civilian appeared to possess some kind of weapon. Individuals representing the government were often at the receiving end of their aggression.

About the photographer

Santiago Lyon

He has over thirty years of experience in news-service photography and has won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe. He covered the end...

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