Last night my story on the Cambodian Stampede, in which 450 people died during the annual Water Festival in Phnom Penh, placed Second in the News Picture Story category of the San Francisco/Bay Area News Photographers Association. I'm very grateful for the Chicago Tribune judges for recognizing this tragic story, which received very little attention in the media despite it being the biggest news story in Cambodia since the Khmer Rough and following Civil War. Cambodia is a very young country, in economic development, infrastructure and in age. 80% of the people are under the age of 30. The majority of its population still live in the countryside, although the city is developing and growing rapidly mostly due to factory jobs, and more recently increased service/hospitality-related employment.
Congratulations to all the local winners from the San Francisco Bay Area. Some very incredible work!!