Oct. 04, 2019
Best of the Week — First Winner
AP photographer wounded, keeps shooting as politician fires gun during protest
Today’s Best of the Week winner is the latest reminder that AP’s photo staff is among the greatest and most committed in the world.
Port-au-Prince photographer Dieu-Nalio Chery was prepared to cover a contentious debate at Haiti’s parliament about whether to confirm a new prime minister when, in a chaotic scene outside the session, protesters confronted pro-government Sen. Ralph Fethiere and tried to pull him from his car. The lawmaker reached for his gun and began firing into the air and ground.
At least one bullet splintered into shards that lodged just beneath Chery’s chin. Despite his wound, Chery kept taking extraordinary photos of Fethiere firing his gun, so close that he captured spent cartridges flying through the air.
Chery’s photos received heavy play, and he is expected to recover after surgery to remove the bullet fragment.
For displaying remarkable dedication and courage in a volatile situation, and for capturing an extraordinary image of the man who wounded him, Chery is recognized with AP’s Best of the Week award.