National Geographic : 1985 Aug
On Assignment TEN TRIPS INTO AFGHANISTAN left I free-lance photographer Steve McCurry (left, standing) with memorable pictures and indelible memories-like the time Soviet heli copters attacked a village he was in. "They came in very low, like a swarm of hornets," he remembers, "rocketing and strafing every thing that moved. I've never heard such noise. It was deafening." Steve's latest trip to the re gion produced the illustrations for our June story on Afghan refugees. Steve spent days in water up to his armpits for the article on monsoons in December 1984. Such efforts were rewarded last February when he was named Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year 6 ompe tition at the University of Missouri, sponsored by the university, the National Press Photog raphers Association, and Canon U.S.A., Inc. His multicolumned tro phy (below left) stands behind issues featuring his monsoon coverage and Indian railroads arti cle (June 1984). At left is one of the World Press Photo awards won by McCurry last winter in the international contest at Amsterdam. McCurry is the first photographer in the 28 year history of that com petition to win four OVE); OTHERS Y SISSE BRIMBER first places in a single year. From 55 countries, 859 photographers submitted 5,811 entries. GEOGRAPHIC photographer Jodi Cobb (above right), whose pictures illustrated the magazine's articles on Jerusalem (April 1983) and Jordan (February 1984), also triumphed, earning the 1985 Photographer of the Year award from the White House News Photogra phers Association. Her winning portfolio in cluded pictures she made for the Society's new book on Britain and Ireland. Cobb's interest in journalism was sparked by growing up in Iran and traveling around the world twice with her family by the time she was 12 years old.