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Time Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer of 2014

Turkish photographer Bulent Kilich (Agence France-Presse) received Time Magazine’s prestigious Best Wire Photographer of 2014 award.

The photographer captured the moment when father kisses his young son, rescued from a mine after an explosion hit a coal mine in Soma on May 13.

It was a defining image of the distress that followed the worst mining disaster in Turkey’s history in the Aegean coal capital of Soma, which cost the lives of 301 workers.


Kılıç recalls the situation as a thorny one for a photographer. “Some miners and their families were attacking the press. You have to understand, their children, their husbands were trapped in the mine,” he told Time Magazine.