This picture won the best news picture of the year award, chosen out of thousands of pictures taken during the Israel - Lebanon war last year. It was taken by an American photographer working for Getty Images, Spencer Platt.
Looking at this picture would bring to mind the saying... only in Beirut! it shows destruction, glamour, rich people and a fast car, I like this picture because you can not get a better result if you asked people to pose for such picture, it is real yet very theatrical and does have a good message.
The picture was taken on 15th August 2006, the day after the cease fire began, people were returning to their homes after the war to check the damage and see if their houses survived the vicious Israeli attacks, the neighbourhood in this picture is in South Beirut which is a strong Shia area, the people in the car are a brother with his 2 sisters and a couple of friends, all are Christians with the exception of one Muslim female who's face is covered in the picture by her friend, they are all residents of that part of Beirut and were returning to check on their homes.
This picture actually reminded me of when Iraq invaded Kuwait back in 1990, thousands of Kuwaiti tourists were in London at that time, of course all of them could not return because of the war, all of them were either rich or at least well off, they demonstrated against what Iraq was doing to their country, the press here in London reported their protest by saying: diamond wearing fur clad refugees demonstrate in London. The good message that the winning picture carries is: you can be rich, you can be poor, you can be Muslim, you can be Christian, you can be so different from each others yet you all share one thing in common, you are all victims of war which does not differentiate between status or religion.