2007 Photo Contest, Spot News, Honorable mention

Joao Silva

The New York Times

31 October, 2006

Lance-corporal Juan Valdez-Castillo of the US Marines is shot by a sniper and dragged to safety by colleagues, during a joint patrol with the Iraqi Army. The lance-corporal was a radio operator, a favored sniper target as radio provides links to other units. Valdez was shot through the right arm and torso, but survived the attack.

About the photographer

Joao Silva

Under the mentorship of Ulli Michel, João became a stringer for the Reuters Johannesburg Bureau in 1991. In 1992, he was hired as a staff photographer at The Star. He later joine...

This image is collected in