2000 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

John Stanmeyer

Saba Press Photos for Time

01 November, 1999

A lone Megawati Sukarnoputri supporter faces a police cordon during protests after the elections. During presidential elections in October, the first news to spread among crowds waiting for the result was that the popular Megawati had won.

Supporters' jubilation turned sour when they learned the true result, that parliament had chosen Muslim leader Abdurraham Wahid as president. The street violence that broke out as the election result became known died down only after Megawati herself appealed for calm, and when it was made known that she was to be vice-president.

About the photographer

John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founder member of the VII photo agency. Over the last decade, Stanmeyer has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic, producing ...

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