THE Zimbabwe Independent and Standard photojournalist Boldwill Hungwe has won the 2008 edition of the World Press Photo competition.
Hungwe came second to South African photographer Brent Stirton and will receive the award in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the weekend.
Stirton scooped the first prize in Contemporary Issues category, while Hungwe came second in the Spot News genre.
The two were the only Africans to win the awards.Â Â
The annual World Press Photo competition is a major activity for journalists.
Hungweâ€™s award-winning picture depicted running battles between the MDC supporters and riot police in Highfield, Harare, last March after the uniformed forces defied a High Court ruling sanctioning a rally at Zimbabwe Grounds.
â€œJournalists were barred from covering the event, but I managed to take pictures after seeking refuge at a house in the same township,â€ Hungwe said. â€œI was able to capture the clashes and the Israeli-made water canons firing into the crowds.â€
The award is not a first one for Hungwe.
Last year, he won the first prize in the Gwaunza Press Awards in 2007.
The same year he scooped the first prize in the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) photojournalist of the year and the ZUJ Social Cohesion award. â€” Staff Writer.