Fausto Podavini_ Mirella_ World Press Photo ContestItalian photographer Fausto Podavini was awarded first prize in the “Daily Life – Stories” category at the 2013 World Press Photo Contest last week, for his deeply moving portraits from a series called “Mirella,” a wife’s quiet and determined journey as caregiver for a husband suffering from Alzheimer’s. The photos, including the reflective (in more ways than one) and compositionally striking entry shown above, taken in 2010, capture stark moments from a poignant end-of-life experience.

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