The AFP has issued a release to say its photographer John MacDougall won the Rueckblende (flashback) award in Germany for 2011.
The agency says this is the first time the award, which is for political photography and cartoons, has gone to one of its photographers.
The winning picture of a German female soldier embracing a relative of one of three victims at a military funeral brought home the human aspect of the tragedy of Afghanistan, judges of the Rueckblende award for political photography said.
MacDougall first started work at AFP in 1989 as a photo editor.
According to the AFP release “his photo was chosen from among 247 entries for the Rueckblende, which was created in 1995 and carries a 7,000-euro ($9,200) prize, and which also awards a prize for political cartoonists.”