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Spanish AP photographer wins top journalism award

Friday - 4/19/2013, 1:35pm  ET

FILE - In this March 29, 2012 file photo, Mireia Arnau, 39, reacts behind the broken glass of her shop stormed by demonstrators during clashes with the police at the general strike in Barcelona. In a statement released Friday April 19, 2013, this photo by Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti won the Ortega y Gasset award by Spain’s leading newspaper El Pais, saying Morenatti captures "terrible emotion” in the store worker terrified at the damage caused by a violent street protest, “By observing it one feels the fear of the clerk,” the jury says. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

MADRID (AP) -- An Associated Press photographer has won a prestigious Spanish journalism award for his image of a store worker terrified by a violent street protest, a photograph that illustrates the effects of the country's financial crisis.

Emilio Morenatti, who has for almost a decade covered war zones from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Middle East, has been awarded the 2013 Ortega y Gasset award by Spain's leading newspaper El Pais.

In a statement released Friday, the newspaper said Morenatti, 44, captures "terrible emotion" in his photograph taken in the northeastern city of Barcelona during a general strike in 2012.

"Looking at it, one feels the fear of the clerk," the jury says. The award carries a prize of 15,000 euros ($19,580).

Morenatti was seriously injured in a 2009 accident in Afghanistan.


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