Finalist
Fabio Bucciarelli
Italy

Battle to Death


In March 2011, in the wake of the Arab Spring, public demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad began in Syria. The protest aimed to lead the Syrian President to implement the reforms needed to create a democratic State. The government responded by deploying armed forces to repress the rebellion in blood. Within a short time the clashes erupted all over the country and developed into a civil war: an ongoing conflict between government's forces a coalition of opposition fighters known as the Free Syrian Army.

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) sniper looks through a hole in the wall at the Syrian army positions in Karmal Jabal neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.
A Free Syrian Army (FSA) sniper looks through a hole in the wall at the Syrian army positions in Karmal Jabal neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.
A Free Syrian Army prepares to shoot an Rpg against President Assad's forces position in the Old City district of Aleppo.
A Free Syrian Army prepares to shoot an Rpg against President Assad's forces position in the Old City district of Aleppo.
A rebel fighter fires his Kalashnikov while his comrade loads his weapon on the rooftop of house during fighting against Syrian government forces in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo.
A rebel fighter fires his Kalashnikov while his comrade loads his weapon on the rooftop of house during fighting against Syrian government forces in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo.
Syrian men rescue a person who was trapped in the rubble of the Nur al-Shuhada mosque after it was shelled by forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Shaar district of Aleppo.
Syrian men rescue a person who was trapped in the rubble of the Nur al-Shuhada mosque after it was shelled by forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Shaar district of Aleppo.
A wounded Syrian boy sits on the back of a truck carrying victims and wounded people to hospital following an attack by regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo.
A wounded Syrian boy sits on the back of a truck carrying victims and wounded people to hospital following an attack by regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo.
A Syrian man looks at the body of a man lying in a truck outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo.
A Syrian man looks at the body of a man lying in a truck outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo.
Syrian rebels observe as a comrade prepares to throw a homemade grenade towards an army position in the Al-Amariya district of the northern city of Aleppo.
Syrian rebels observe as a comrade prepares to throw a homemade grenade towards an army position in the Al-Amariya district of the northern city of Aleppo.
The reflection of a rebel fighter is seen on a mirror used to spot Syrian government forces' position in an Old City district of Aleppo.
The reflection of a rebel fighter is seen on a mirror used to spot Syrian government forces' position in an Old City district of Aleppo.
A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter carries his companion wounded by government forces' fire to the Dar al-Shifa hospital in the northern city of Aleppo.
A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter carries his companion wounded by government forces' fire to the Dar al-Shifa hospital in the northern city of Aleppo.
A woman embraces her child at the Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Aleppo. The child has been wounded by fragments of a mortar launched by President Assad al-Bashar's forces.
A woman embraces her child at the Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Aleppo. The child has been wounded by fragments of a mortar launched by President Assad al-Bashar's forces.
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A father of a Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter mourns the death of his son killed during the clashes broke out in the northern city of Aleppo.
Image preview Description: A father of a Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter mourns the death of his son killed during the clashes broke out in the northern city of Aleppo.
Smoke billows after shelling by Syrian regime forces in the Shaar neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.
Smoke billows after shelling by Syrian regime forces in the Shaar neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.
 A syrian woman is evacuated after being wounded in shelling by President Bashar al-Assad forces in the Shaar neighborhood of the northen city of Aleppo.
A syrian woman is evacuated after being wounded in shelling by President Bashar al-Assad forces in the Shaar neighborhood of the northen city of Aleppo.
Syrian civilians escape form the battle broke out between Free Syrian Army and the President Bashar al-Assad forces in the Old City district of Aleppo.
Syrian civilians escape form the battle broke out between Free Syrian Army and the President Bashar al-Assad forces in the Old City district of Aleppo.
An elderly woman carrying grocery bags crosses a street next to a long black cloth used to separate the area from Syrian government forces' sniper fire, in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo.
An elderly woman carrying grocery bags crosses a street next to a long black cloth used to separate the area from Syrian government forces' sniper fire, in the Bab el-Adid district in Aleppo.