2002 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Carlos Barria

La Nación

20 December, 2001

A Plaza de Mayo mother shields her eyes from tear gas during protests. The mothers maintain a vigil in protest at their relatives' disappearance under a military regime. The square was also overrun by Argentines angered by a deepening economic crisis. With the government slashing civil servants' salaries, those who went hungry looted shops for food, and clashed with police. A state of emergency was declared on December 19, and the following day, President Fernando de la RĂșa resigned.

About the photographer

Carlos Barria

Carlos Barria is an Argentinian-Chilean senior photographer at Reuters, based in California.   Born in Patagonia, Barria has spent more than 20 years with Reuters covering...

Technical information

Nikon D1H

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