Posted at 12/03/2013 12:23 PM | Updated as of 12/03/2013 1:17 PM
MANILA – An image showing residents in Tolosa, Leyte amid the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) has been named by TIME magazine’s website as one of the Top 10 photos of 2013.
The photo dated November 18, taken by Philippe Lopez for Agence France-Presse and Getty Images, has been included in TIME’s photo essay published Monday.
The photo shows residents holding on to religious images such as the Sto. Niño set against the backdrop of homes destroyed by “Yolanda.”
“It’s very stormy at this time of year in the Philippines. Clouds gathered in front of the setting sun while along the road residents lit fires to burn the debris left by the typhoon. Momentarily, the devastated landscape took on a strange beauty, and it was just then that this group of women and children appeared on the road. I think people gravitate towards this picture not only because it is visually strong and emotional, but also because, in a way, it draws on some viewers’ own faith,” read the photo’s caption, as published on TIME’s website.
Photos taken during the terror bombing at the Boston Marathon and at the Westgate Mall Massacre in Nairobi, Kenya were also included in TIME’s Top 10 list.The rest of the images were from Bangladesh, Australia, Turkey, South Africa, Texas, Egypt and Syria.