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POYi Director Rick Shaw spoke with National Geographic about image of Syrian child

Photo credit: Nilufer Demir, AFP, Getty Images

Any photo of any child makes us think of our own, or the child we once were. When the photos show children suffering or lost, we quiver with a grief that feels personal.

On Wednesday the world saw images of a Syrian refugee, three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach, as his family fled the civil war.

Rick Shaw, director of Pictures of the Year International, which researches and disseminates iconic photos of social issues, said Thursday: “This image will probably change public opinion. It reaches in and grabs your heart and pulls it out.” Like other iconic photos, he said, it focuses on the most vulnerable among us.

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