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Rallying a ‘Tartan army’ in Scotland

Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Eye witness

A demonstrator waves Scotland's national Saltire flags at a rally in Glasgow, Scotland on April 25, 2015, urging Scots to put their UK general election vote towards a party that supports independence (AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN)

"'Who is that Scottish woman who appeared in the TV debates?,' a young Englishman, distrustful of politics and reluctant to vote, asked AFP's Alice Ritchie as the general election campaign wound up. "Did he mean Nicola Sturgeon? 'Yes, I might vote for her.' I told him the Scottish National Party wasn't fielding candidates in England. He looked disappointed."

"The energy of the election campaign in Scotland - with candidates of all camps fielding questions from real people on the street - has been a sharp contrast to the stage-managed affair south of the border. It has left many English people a little envious, even if the SNP's nationalist rhetoric and continued commitment to breaking up the United Kingdom has generated hostility."

(Photo: AFP / Andy Buchanan)

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Waiting game on a Swiss lake

Thursday 2 April 2015 - Eye witness

US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out of the window of his room at the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel during a break in Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 1, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI)

"For the past week I have been with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland in the marathon search for a nuclear deal with Iran," writes AFP photographer Brendan Smialowski. "Covering negotiations like these is as much about official photo ops as behind-the-scenes moments and features. As the negotiations dragged on, the ops got fewer and fewer, then dried up completely. But a photojournalist can go hunting for other moments to illustrate the story."

(Photo: AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)

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Surfing on the Severn

Tuesday 24 March 2015 - Eye witness

A surfer takes the wave of the tidal bore called Severn bore on the River Severn at Minsterworth in Gloucestershire, South West England on March 21, 2015. The Severn bore is an annual 'supertide' phenomenon on the River Severn. (AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICK)

"The surfers were there, limbering up on the shingle bank, well before the wave came in," writes photographer Geoff Caddick. "The River Severn on the border between England and Wales is world-famous for its bore – a rare phenomenon where the incoming tide forms a wave that rides against the current up a river or bay. I was sent to cover what was billed as a 'five-star' bore, with the Moon exerting an extra gravitational pull due to its alignment with the Sun and Earth after Friday’s eclipse."

(Photo: AFP / Geoff Caddick)

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Welcome to Hell, Victorian-style

Tuesday 16 December 2014 - Eye witness

Sewer technician Tim Henderson shovels the fat as he works in the intersection of the Regent Street and Victoria sewer in London on December 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS)

"I squeezed through the hole in the middle of the road," writes AFP photographer Adrian Dennis after taking a grisly trip into the belly of London's sewers. "Near the bottom of the ladder, I struggled to get my boot through the 'goo' and onto the last rung before stepping off backward into waist-deep 'porridge'. My harness unhooked, the sewer technician whispered, 'Welcome to hell!'"

(AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)

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Brawl at the Hall

Monday 8 December 2014 - Eye witness

Participants land punches during the "Brawl at the Hall

"I picked up the “Brawl at the Hall” assignment in Bethnal Green, East London, late on a Thursday night. An interesting feature about white-collar boxers – City workers who trade their suit and tie for a pair of boxing gloves in the evening," writes AFP photographer Adrian Dennis. "Nine matches on the card. The fighters, a solicitor, a banker and an IT consultant, every one of them brave and committed. Quite unlike a normal sporting venue, with strict rules on where you can sit or venture, it became evident I had complete freedom to work."

(AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)

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No frills at Victoria's Secret

Wednesday 3 December 2014 - Behind the image

Brazilian model Adriana Lima during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London on December 2, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL)

"As the time of Christmas stockings draws near, my gift came early with the Victoria's Secret 2014 show," writes AFP's Leon Neal, sent to cover the celebrity-packed lingerie show in London. "But I knew this was a serious event on the photographer’s calendar, not to be taken lightly however frilly the subject." For it is a fact of the news business: smiling, scantily-clad supermodels often drive more sales than headline politics, sports or entertainment.

(AFP Photo /Leon Neal)

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Back to Normandy: Photographing WWII heroes

Tuesday 8 July 2014 - Eye witness


Paris-based photojournalist Joël Saget wanted to do something different to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.

He came up with the idea of juxtaposing contemporary photos of them with pictures taken in wartime. The result is a moving tribute to these heroic men.

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D-Day, 70 years later

Friday 13 June 2014 - Behind the image


London-based AFP photographer Leon Neal this month covered the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. This is a version of his blog that first appeared on his personal site.

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'Cucumber time': Silly season ripens for UK press

Tuesday 20 August 2013 - Eye witness

This image released August 6, 2013, by the Mayor of London's press office shows the custom-built tricycle, designed in the style of a London "Boris Bike

London is a powerhouse of international breaking news, but every summer the stories take a rather silly turn. Nick Morrison, a journalist and live reporter with AFP's multimedia team, explains.

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The little girl in the photo, all grown up

Tuesday 28 May 2013 - Behind the image

Egzona Jashanica, age seven, makes the victory sign on June 14, 1999 as she stands on a British armored vehicle that has just entered the Kosovar capital of  Pristina.
AFP Photo/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek

The little girl in the photo, all grown up

A photojournalist covering history-in-the-making encounters thousands of people over the course of a career, and most are eventually forgotten. But AFP photographer Jean-Philippe Ksiazek got a jolt from the past recently when a young girl in one of his pictures from war-torn Kosovo contacted him 14 years after he captured her seven-year old’s smile.

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The ripple effect: Backstroke from below

Sunday 30 December 2012 - Behind the image

France's Laure Manaudou during the 200 metres backstroke at the London Olympics, August 2, 2012.
AFP PHOTO/Francois-Xavier Marit

The ripple effect: Backstroke from below

Between now and the end of the year, AFP is highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.

Today, photographer François-Xavier Marit talks about covering the swimming at the London Olympics, where these photos were taken remotely by camera at the bottom of the pool.

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Back in the saddle

Sunday 23 December 2012 - Behind the image

Photo: AFP/John MacDougall
AFP PHOTO/John MacDougall

Back in the saddle

Between now and the end of the year, AFP will be highlighting some of the stand-out images from 2012.

The first in the series is from AFP photographer John MacDougall, who captured dramatic images from the London Olympics. He was shooting the pentathlon, an underappreciated Olympic discipline where competitors must prove their skills in five events including fencing and riding an unknown horse. Chemistry between horse and rider is never guaranteed.

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Olympic double-take: From reporter to spectator

Wednesday 8 August 2012 - Eye witness

Supporters of the Netherlands men's field hockey team at the Riverside Stadium during the London Olympics. The Netherlands defeated New Zealand 5-1 in a first-round match.

"After covering three successive summer Olympics for AFP, I find myself in unfamiliar territory: viewing the Games for the first time as a paying spectator rather than a journalist," says AFP's Andrew Newby, a multi-media reporter based in London. "I could never have imagined that the two experiences would be so different. Or that cheering in the stands is a bigger thrill than reporting the results of a race or match from a press box or at the edge of a pitch." (AFP Photo / Andrew Newby)

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"London, etc", an AFP web-documentary

Thursday 19 July 2012 - Behind the image



London: The back story

In the run up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, US network CBS has published online an AFP web-documentary that tells the back story of the city hosting the Games. Christine Buhagiar, who heads AFPTV Europe and Africa from the London bureau, describes how the project came together.

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Stones on Stage -- it's a scoop!

Monday 16 July 2012 - Eye witness

The Rolling Stones commemorate 50 years since their first gig.

The Rolling Stones were doing a publicity outing to mark 50 years of music since their first gig, and AFPTV's Julie Jammot and Julie Cordier were tapped to join the media scrum to grab a few images of rock’s most durable quartet.  But they ended up with more than that -- a solid hint from Mick Jagger himself that the group could return to the stage later this year. Julie Jammot tells us how they got the scoop. Rock-n-roll!

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