2011 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 3rd prize
Photographer

Fernando Brito

31 July, 2010

Areas of northern Mexico are racked by violence, involving turf wars between powerful drug cartels vying for control of trafficking routes.

About

Fernando Brito

Fernando Brito was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and studied marketing at the Universidad de Occidente Culiacán. Since 2004, he has been photography editor of the newspaper ...

Background story

Culiacán, Mexico

A body discovered near the town of La Campiña, after people had reported to the police that they had heard firing in the vicinity. Areas of northern Mexico are racked by violence, involving turf wars between powerful drug cartels vying for control of trafficking routes. The death toll for 2010 was 15,237, the heaviest yet. For generations, Mexico has been a producer of and transit route for drugs. Powerful drug cartels have developed strong financial bases, and in some regions exert almost autonomous control, creating ‘zones of impunity’ for their activities.

Photo credit:
El Debate de Culiacán

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/8000 s
Focal length
80 mm
F-Stop
f/2.8
ISO
100

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