42. Gerald Herbert
Herbert is another Associate Press photographer whose mission is to give the public eyes where they can not be. In this case, Herbert takes to the air to put into context the extent of the massive BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill from the summer of 2010. A tiny boat trails across the water's surface, leaving a notable difference between the tide and its wake. But the boat's presence is insignificant in comparison to the haunting spectacle of the oil-slicked water. The effect of the sunset on the sea's surface creates a sort of rainbow effect that we are more used to seeing on asphalt streets.
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Above: Documentation of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill, July 31 , 2010