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Mahmoud Illean receives prize for 1 millionth image!

Written by Jessica Korman, Demotix Publisher in Jerusalem.

After three years of hard work from all of our contributors and the staff at Demotix we recently hit the milestone of publishing our first million images! We could not have done this without all of your contributions such as the image below by Mahmoud Illean who had the honour of uploading our millionth image:


Caption: Palestinian protesters hurl stones towards the Israeli soldiers during clashes outside Israel’s Ofer military prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

In celebration of this momentous occasion we rewarded Mahmoud with a new iPad and I had the privilege of passing this prize onto him. Although both of us live in Jerusalem, we have never met before so it was a great opportunity to meet a fellow photography enthusiast and fellow Demoticon.

Caption: Jerusalem based Demotix publisher, Jessica Korman, hands over the iPad prize to Palestinian based photojournalist Mahmoud Illean.

Congratulations once again to Mahmoud who shot that millionth image, and huge thanks to all of you that make up the Demotix community for your terrific support over the years. Keep on uploading your work and covering local events that matter and here’s to celebrating the next million images!.

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