FRANCE, Paris : Flowers are layed on December 6, 2013, on the ground in front of the South African Embassy in Paris a day after the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. People gathered in cities around the world to make their own personal tributes to Nelson Mandela on December 6, leaving flowers and setting up makeshift shrines in an outpouring of emotion for South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
Philippe Lopez on his photo of Typhoon Haiyan’s destructive wrath on the Philippines:
"Clouds gathered in front of the setting sun while along the road residents lit fires to burn the debris left by the typhoon. Momentarily, the devastated landscape took on a strange beauty, and it was just then that this group of women and children appeared on the road. 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 viewers’ own faith."http://ti.me/IAh1Mw
A man fans flames on a fire Tanauan on November 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over a week ago has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.
Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.
YANGON, MYANMAR – Pho Kyaw tends to his wife Khin Soe Win, April 9, 2012 in an HIV shelter. Pho Kyaw is infected himself and used to be a patient of the shelter a year earlier. The couple married just one month earlier. Myanmar (Burma) is battling one of Asia’s worst HIV epidemics and one of the world’s most neglected. The UN estimates that over the last few years between 15,000 – 20,000 people living with HIV die annually in Myanmar, because of lack of access to urgent lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy (ART). (Photo by Christian Holst/Reportage by Getty Images)
UKRAINE, Kiev : Protesters clash with police on Independence Square in Kiev early morning on November 30, 2013. Dozens of protesters were wounded in Ukraine’s capital early Saturday when police brutally dispersed demonstrators calling for President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster after he failed to salvage an EU deal, a lawmaker and a witness said. “The Maidan has been brutally mopped up,” opposition lawmaker Andriy Shevchenko said on Twitter, referring to Kiev’s central Independence Square, the site of the rally and epicentre of the country’s 2004 Orange Revolution. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER
Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been covering conflicts from Bosnia to Afghanistan for more than 20 years, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 2005, as part of a team of AP photographers covering the Iraq War. She has traveled to Afghanistan numerous times, photographing events from 2001 until today, sending photos from Kandahar as recently as yesterday. Documenting a decades-long story like the Afghanistan War is a challenge for any photojournalist, from simple logistical issues, to serious safety concerns, to the difficulty of keeping the narrative fresh and compelling. Niedringhaus has done a remarkable job, telling people’s stories with a strong, consistent voice, an amazing eye for light and composition, and a level of compassion that clearly shows through her images. Gathered here are just a handful of her photos from the war-torn nation, part of the ongoing series here on Afghanistan.
"The evening phone call is ritual, performed here by Nancy Hamel. Most calls are so long that girls squirm into wonderful variety of stances, postures and attitudes while never once losing the thread of conversation." By Nina Leen
"For me this image sums up my feelings about the war in Afghanistan. The loneliness of the soldier in the midst of an unknown desert. The brutality of a war that left thousands of victims and that is increasingly unpopular. A country that, after ten years of military occupation, does not have a promising future."
On the 12th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, TIME asks 40 renowned photographers to reflect on their harrowing experiences covering the conflict—and to describe which of their own photographs moved them most.