2014 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Typhoon Haiyan


Chris McGrath

Getty Images

14 November, 2013

People wait for flights out of Tacloban Airport, in the early hours of the morning of 15 November.

Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Vasayas region of central Philippines, on 8 November. It was the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, claiming over 6,200 lives and displacing more than four million people. The eastern islands of Leyte and Samar were the worst affected, with storm surges, high winds and torrential rain causing catastrophic damage to homes and infrastructure.  The extent of the destruction meant relief work was slow.

About the photographer

Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath started his photography career at a regional newspaper in Queensland, Australia. After completing his newspaper cadetship and a diploma in photography, he joined...

Technical information

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50.0 mm
Canon EOS-1D X

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