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Benazir snap secures top photography prize

An evocative image of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto took the top prize in a prestigious photography awards scheme.

Daniel Berehulak, from Getty Images, took the winning photo (below) during a press conference at Benazir Bhutto’s house, in Karachi.

He also won the new folio of the year category in The Press Photographer’s Year, run in association with the British Press Photographers’ Association.

Among the other winners of the 13 prizes were Gareth Copley and Andrew Parsons, of the Press Association, and Bryan O’Brien from The Irish Times.

The Press Photographer’s Year is a not-for-profit venture that aims to restore photography to the heart of photographic competitions.

The category winners, together with many other powerful, moving and sometimes humorous entries will feature in the book Assignments 3 – The Press Photographer’s Year.

It will be published on July 5, coinciding with the opening of the exhibition at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Foyer, on London’s South Bank.

The individual category winners were:

Photograph of the Year
Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images

New Folio of the Year
Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images

Live News
Andrew Parsons, Press Association

Peter MacDiarmid, Getty Images

Nigel Dickinson

Photo Essay
David Bebber, The Times

Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker Press

Arts and Entertainment
Bryan O’Brien, The Irish Times

Sports Folio of the Year
Andy Hooper, Daily Mail

Sports Specialist Folio of the Year
Gareth Copley, Press Association

Sports Action
Andy Hooper, Daily Mail

Sports Features
Darren Staples Reuters

Sean Smith, Guardian