This image has so much working for it; the light, the twisted tree rising out of the smoky background, the hot coals letting up steam under the man's feet, the beauty of his body language, tired but determined, fighting this disaster with his bright blue bucket. Photographically, it is a beautiful image of a devastating event. It was one of the least graphic images that moved, but I feel it says so much about those that survived, rather than being another of the many images of charred bodies that we unfortunately see far too regularly.
A man rinses soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday, December 26, 2006. Up to 500 people were burned alive when fuel from a vandalised pipeline exploded as they scooped fuel using plastic containers after thieves punctured the underground pipeline overnight to siphon fuel into a road tanker.