Photo 1 was taken on the route of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2013 on 24th February by sharpdaily. The striking part of this picture is absolutely the two people at the front ground. It is obvious that one candidate is helping another one to take photos by using a digital camera. At the same time, there are hundreds of participants still continuing the competition. There are two major meanings behind photo 1.
Firstly, marathon aims to cultivate perseverance of competitors through continuous running. However, by contrasting the content of front ground and background, the former is far away from the purpose. Those who are taking photos did not take the event seriously. Including other runners who are struggling and dripping with sweat at the back, the photographer tried to emphasize the ultimate meaning of marathon by comparison.
Moreover, this is a reminder to public that photo-taking can be dangerous during marathon. Since other athletes may not be aware of that someone in front of them has stopped to take photos, and, thus, it may result in collision. This will consequently lead to tragic accidents because of chain reaction. In fact, many participants were injured on that day due to this dangerous act.
In short, this news photo proposes to emphasize the meaning of marathon and remind people of not taking photos during the competition.