Harrowing family photo wins Czech Press Photo 2007
The winners and runners-up in the prestigious Press Czech Photo 2007 - excellence in Czech photography in categories in everything from current affairs to nature to sport were announced on Wednesday, with the grand prize awarded to Dan Materna of the Czech daily Mlada Fronta Dnes. He won for a picture that shocked many in the Czech Republic earlier this year.
"You see this mother losing her child and it's a very tragic photo. The fact that it's not a tsunami or a flood or an earthquake or a war but a conflict between a husband and wife, a court and the little girl in between and that's where I've never really seen a photograph like that."
Christopher Morris was equally enthusiastic about some of the entries recognised in other categories - some of which had jury members at odds - including an unusual series on pet shop animals, or one which captured the sometimes banal, sometimes shrine-like place of TVs in peoples' homes.
"That was a quirky one that was one of my favourites but I think that some of the judges looked at it as horrible photography or very poor photography. But for me, sometimes photography is too slick or too produced or too 'National Geographic' in style. And that is not how we see the world with our eyes. To me the photography of the television sets - that's how we see with our eyes. There's no distortion, no wide-angle, it's very anthropological in the sense the TVs aren't on, you have the toys on the floor... To me it had validity as a social document of how people live."