When it comes to responsibly taken photographs that poignantly tell a compelling story, this photograph of a firefighter holding a baby in his arms after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, comes to mind. Amateur photographer Charles Porter captured firefighter Chris Fields carrying one-year-old Baylee Almon away from the site of the blast. Baylee died not long after the photograph was taken. Porter went on to win the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.
This image contrasts with that of Fabienne Cherisma taken by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen, in which Cherisma’s body had apparently been re-arranged before being photographed by Hansen. Hansen’s photo went on to win a Swedish press photo award.
So what’s the difference between the two photographs? Porter’s wasn’t staged and Hansen’s very likely was. Yet both photographs won awards.
Sources: cbsnews.com, worldsfamousphotos.com