2003 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Antonin Kratochvil

VII for The New York Times Magazine

01 May, 2002

In Burmese prisons inmates sit in leg irons in a labyrinth of wooden cages, forbidden to move from the lotus position. Burma briefly toppled Afghanistan as the globally dominant producer of opium when Afghan production dropped as a result of US military operations against the Taliban in 2001. The international community blamed the Burmese military regime and former rebels supported by the government for the spiraling drug traffic. But in January the authorities announced a crack down, handing out harsh penalties to drug runners.

About the photographer

Antonin Kratochvil

Antonin Kratochvil, Czech Republic, is a founder of VII photo agency. As a photojournalist he has tackled a good deal of upheaval and human catastrophe, whilst going about his do...

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