In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography Day

What does it take to 'see' a moment — a disarray of lines, a pinpoint light — and capture it too? Is it a gift given the heart, a sleight of hand or a mere trick of the senses? On World Photography Day, we celebrate the gritty photojournalists dotted around the globe, relentless in their pursuit of a moment that says a story, and also stands as an image beyond the story. An image that could stand for a fact, or sometimes the whole truth

Published: Aug 19, 2023 02:52:17 PM IST
Updated: Aug 20, 2023 11:08:07 AM IST

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Toby Melville / Reuters

A migrant rests after arriving in Dungeness, Britain, August 16, 2023. Official figures collated by the BBC show that 17,234 people have arrived in the UK in 365 small boats so far this year.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Joe STENSON / AFP

A Pakistani porter huddles beneath a plastic sheet as night falls on the trail between Askole and K2, the world’s second tallest mountain in the Karakoram range of Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan, July 12, 2023. Caravans of Pakistani porters tote live chickens and lawn furniture for adventurers seeking an audience with the world's second-highest peak.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura / Reuters

Suffering from heatstroke, an eight-month pregnant Marisol Verdugo is helped by volunteers at a distribution point where hundreds gather every week to receive food staples, baby products, and fans donated by Fundacion Madrina NGO Madrid, Spain, August 16, 2023.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Ralph Tedy Erol / Reuters

People carry their belongings—and dear ones—as they flee Carrefour Feuilless after gangs took over the neighbourhood, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, August 15, 2023. Gang violence has soared since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021, which led to much of the country's territory falling out of government control.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Nacho Doce / Reuters

A fire truck on a road in the middle of scorched lands after a wildfire in the Catalonian region on the Spanish-French border, near Colera, Spain, August 6, 2023.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Adrees Latif / Reuters

A woman from Colombia helps her children crawl past concertina wire deployed to deter migrants, after crossing the Rio Grande river into Eagle Pass, Texas, US July 27, 2023.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Galo Paguay / AFP

A Waorani Indigenous man goes hunting in the Waorani Community of Bameno, Ecuador, on July 29, 2023. The people of the small village of Bameno on the banks of the Cononaco River are guardians of the Yasuni National Park, one of the most diverse biosphere reserves in the world.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters

A devotee walks past a Parsi Zoroastrian fire temple depicting carvings of ancient priests on the occasion of Navroz or the Parsi New Year in Mumbai, India, August 16, 2023. Navroz marks the beginning of Spring, representing the renewal of nature.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Roberto Finizio/Getty Images

Rapper Joost performs at Lowlands Festival 2023 at Walibi Holland Biddinghuizen on August 18, 2023, in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands. Joost, who started out as a YouTuber, sings rap with a comedic tone to them.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Susana Vera / Reuters

Madrid residents Raquel and Nasser cool off at a fountain with their dog Romeo during the third summer heatwave in Madrid, Spain, August 8, 2023. There are eighteen Spanish phrases to complain about the heat and true Spaniards had enough reason to put most of them to use these past weeks.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports/ Reuters

Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez is sloshed by a jug of water from right fielder Teoscar Hernandez while being interviewed after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington, US.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Alexey Malgavko / Reuters

People watch meteor streaks in the night sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower in the Siberian town of Yeniseysk in the Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia, August 12, 2023. At its peak, up to 100 shooting stars per hour streaked across the sky worldwide–more than one a minute.

In the Moment: Celebrating photojournalists on World Photography DayImage: Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP

A replica of the Cabuchet Statue of the Virgin Mary is carried among pilgrims attending the Torchlight Marian procession during Assumption Day celebrations in Lourdes, France, August 14, 2023. A BBC report quoted organisers saying there had been a late surge in bookings, possibly from people who were seeking solace in faith.

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