MSNBC picture editors talk a lot about what makes a great news picture. We obviously have very diverse opinions, but there are some things that seem to ring true for most of us. Good composition helps. Interesting light is always a huge plus. Good access to the subject is paramount, but for me most of all there needs to be a good moment. That is the essence of an engaging still photograph.
Heroin addicts smoke heroin in Kabul in this November 15, 2006 picture. French NGO Medecins du Monde is taking part in a care and prevention program for drug addicts in Afghanistan.