1999 Photo Contest, Portraits, 1st prize

Seamus Murphy

Saba Press Photos for Sports Illustrated

01 January, 1998

Jockey Nasmat Mihad and his winning mount, Samir, race at Beirut's Palais de la Pai hippodrome.

The racetrack straddles the Green Line, which divides the once warring sectors of Muslim (West) and Christian (East) Beirut. During the civil war, the track was closed as snipers dueled from windows and rooftops of nearby buildings. Since the end of the war in 1990, the track has been open every Sunday.

About the photographer

Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy's work as a photojournalist has taken him on frequent assignments to Afghanistan, but also across the world, from Iran, the Palestinian territories and Iraq, to Ken...

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