Think. Be disturbed. Beware.

Pix: 18-year-old Bibi Aisha now lives in America.

AMSTERDAM – A South African photographer’s portrait of an Afghan woman whose husband sliced off her nose and ears in a case of Taliban-administered justice won the World Press Photo award for 2010, one of the industry’s most coveted prizes.

Jodi Bieber’s posed picture, which contrasts the woman’s arresting beauty with the violence done to her after she fled an abusive marriage, was published on the cover of Time magazine on Aug 1 [2010].

“Aisha posed for the Time cover photo because she wanted readers to see the potential consequences of a Taliban resurgence, the magazine said when it was published”. — Yahoo! news story here.

Getty Images and Panos each won in five categories, while Reuters had three and The Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP) each won two awards in the photography contest, AP reported.

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