When the Earth Shook Nepal

PhotographerOmar Havana
Prize2nd Place in Editorial / General News
CompanyGetty Images
City/CountryKathmandu, Nepal
Photo Date25 April 2015
Technical InfoCanon EOS 5D Mark II-III
Entry Description

KATHMANDU, NEPAL - APRIL 25: Emergency rescue workers and volunteers carry a victim on a stretcher after temples in Basantapur Durbar Square collapsed on April 25, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. A major 7.8 earthquake hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed during the earthquake, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempted to clear debris and find survivors. Photo by Omar Havana / Getty Images

About Photographer

Omar Havana, 1975 Madrid, Spain. Spanish Freelance Photojournalist represented by Getty Images. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal, since 2014, previously based in Cambodia from 2008 to 2014. As a freelance photographer for many years, he has also worked in other fields in order to make a living. Since 1999, when he started in photography, hospitality was his main source of income as he was starting to publish his first travel photographs. However, he has worked as a professional photojournalist since 2005, and since 2009, Omar’s full time job has been photography and photojournalism, covering stories in Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Libya, Egypt, and Cambodia, the country where most of his stories have been based since he moved to the country in 2008. While in Cambodia, he has alternated his work as a photojournalist with working in commercial photography, counting clients such as JP Morgan-Chase, Exxon Mobil, and the Raffles Hotel chain. Since 2012, Omar has been represented by several international agencies as the French Agency Wostok Press, the Spanish Agency Cordon Press/Corbis Spain, SIPA Press in France and EPA in Thailand. Finally, since November 2013, Omar is represented as a stringer by Getty Images International. In 2014, one of Omar's photos shot in Siem Reap's rubbish dumps has been selected among the best 150 photos of the year by Getty Images News and as one of the most powerful stories of 2014 by MSN. His stories have been published in international media, including Al Jazeera, The New York Times, BBC, Financial Times, ABC News Australia, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN and CBS, amongst many other international media outlets. Omar has also collaborated on many stories with international organizations, including the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Handicap International and the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, as well as many others.