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Leyte snap cracks Time Magazine’s photos of the year

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 09:03 PM December 03, 2013

Survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” march during a religious procession in Tolosa in Leyte on November 18, over one week after the supertyphoon devastated the area. AFP/Philippe Lopez

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the devastation and ruins, faith has kept survivors going.

In a state of hell, survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” picked up religious idols and just marched forward, and photographer Philippe Lopez picked up his camera and shot one iconic moment.

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Lopez’s photograph during the aftermath of Yolanda was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s top ten photographs of the year.

“The devastated landscape took on a strange beauty,” said Lopez in the caption who took the shot on November 18. “And it was just then that this group of women and children appeared on the road.”

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“I think people gravitate towards this picture not only because it is visually strong and emotional, but also because, in a way, it draws on some (of the) viewers’ own faith.”

Lopez’s photograph joined an impressive rank of photographs taken from earth-shattering events like the Nairobi mall massacre, Boston Marathon bombing, Syrian executions, and the Cairo uprisings.

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