2012 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 3rd prize

Drug Cartel's War

Photographer

Pedro Pardo

Agence France-Presse

16 August, 2011

An official from the public prosecutor’s office examines the corpse of one of two civil servants, killed at La Caleta beach, on 16 August.

About the photographer

Pedro Pardo

Pedro Pardo was born in Puebla in 1974, and studied graphic design at the Insituto de Artes Visuales in Puebla. He did a number of courses in photography and journalism, inclu...

Background story

Acapulco, Mexico

An official from the public prosecutor’s office examines the corpse of one of two civil servants, killed at La Caleta beach, on 16 August. Acapulco, the Mexican seaside resort much favored by the 1960s jetset, has become a battleground in the wars between drug cartels that are afflicting the country. Nightclubs are closing, and tourists staying away, as the violence escalates.

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