The Olivier Rebbot Award 2009 (Two Winners)

David Burnett


AWARD NAME: The Olivier Rebbot Award 2009 (Two Winners)


AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: National Geographic Books / Focal Point in cooperation with Contact Press Images

AWARD HONORED WORK: “44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World”

Due to the high quality of the entries, the judges chose two Rebbot winners. David Burnett is honored for the historically significant and unforgettable images from the Iranian Revolution in his book “44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World.” The 1978/79 photographs documenting the fall of the Shah and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini have taken on new relevance in light of the current political situation in Iran. Burnett’s imagery brings back to life the drama of the revolution and the complexities of this important story.

Supporters strain to catch a glimpse of the Ayatollah Khomeini. at the Refah School. Tehran, February 3, 1979

The shah emerges from Niavaran Palace to meet the press. Tehran, January 1, 1979.

Near the central market after Friday prayers. Tehran, January 12, 1979.

Evacuation of the wounded from 24 of Esfand Square. Tehran, December 27, 1978.

Ayatollah Khomeini during a press conference at the Refah School. Tehran, February 2, 1979.

Surging pro-Khomeini demonstrators at Shahyad Square. Tehran, January 19, 1979.

Pro-Khomeini demonstrators at 24 of Esfand Square run for their lives after the army opens fire. Tehran, January 28, 1979.

The blood of the latest “martyr” — near the University. Tehran, January 31, 1979.

The crowd at Tehran University listens to a speech by the Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani. January 13, 1979.

Iranian military guarding the prime minister’s office express support to pro-Bakhtiar demonstrators outside. Tehran, January 28, 1979.

A pro-Khomeini demonstrator dons a jacket decorated with photographs of victims of the shah’s repression and a hat that reads “crown of the martyrs.” Tehran, January 19, 1979.

The bodies of five people killed in the street fighting lie at the morgue. Tehran, January 28, 1979.