2011 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 1st prize

Earthquake in Haiti

Photographer

Olivier Laban-Mattei

19 January, 2010

In the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January, thousands of residents fled the capital Port-au-Prince.

About

Olivier Laban-Mattei

French photojournalist and Agence France Presse (AFP) Paris photo staff member, Olivier Laban-Mattei was born in 1977 and grew up in Paris, where he studied geography and sociolo...

Background story

Port-au-Prince, Haiti A woman walks through the streets of Port-au-Prince, a week after Haiti was hit by an earthquake. In the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January, thousands of residents fled the capital Port-au-Prince. They said they were tired of sleeping in the streets, afraid of being robbed by gangs and looters or fearful that aftershocks might destroy the buildings still standing. As aid was slow to reach many victims of the earthquake, particularly in the capital city, looting became a strategy for survival.

Photo credit:
Agence France-Presse

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/5000 s
Focal length
35 mm
F-Stop
f/5.6
ISO
400
Camera
Nikon D700

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