AP photographer wins South Korean photo contest

July 19, 2011
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2010 file photo a woman with cholera symptoms waits for treatment at a public hospital in Limbe village near Cap Haitian, Haiti.  South Korea's Yonhap News Agency announced Tuesday, July 19, 2011 that Associated Press' photojournalist Emilio Morenatti, won the top prize of its press photo contest that aims to promote the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Morenatti won with his entry "Cholera Victims", which depicts the plight of cholera victims in Haiti in 2010. This photo is part of the winner entry.  (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2010 file photo a woman with cholera symptoms waits for treatment at a public hospital in Limbe village near Cap Haitian, Haiti. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency announced Tuesday, July 19, 2011 that Associated Press' photojournalist Emilio Morenatti, won the top prize of its press photo contest that aims to promote the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Morenatti won with his entry "Cholera Victims", which depicts the plight of cholera victims in Haiti in 2010. This photo is part of the winner entry. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti has won a photo contest hosted by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Yonhap said Tuesday that Morenatti's photos of cholera victims in Haiti last year earned him a $30,000 prize.

Yonhap says its award is meant to promote United Nations goals to fight poverty, hunger and disease and achieve universal primary education.

The contest drew more than 5,500 photos from photographers in 71 countries. AP director of photography Santiago Lyon chaired a board of judges that evaluated entries for more than a month. Lyon recused himself after the first two rounds of voting to avoid a conflict of interest.

Others received awards of $5,000.

A photo exhibition will run Aug. 10-Sept. 30 in Seoul and Aug. 22-Sept. 9 at the U.N. in New York.