Diagnosed with HIV in 2010, 34-year-old Lady L sits on the sofa in the home she shares with her younger brother in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in a picture taken on August 22 and released September 1. Lady L's two children live with their father in another city.
About 610,000 adults and children in Cameroon—5.3 percent of the population—are living with HIV/AIDS, according to USAID statistics from 2009.
Why We Love It
"In this photograph, the couch is centered perfectly in the frame and the subject (the woman) is off center. This composition and the placement of the subject draws your eye to her turned away face and anonymity. The grain of the wood also naturally draws your eye to the left center of the frame."—Janna Dotschkal, associate photo editor
"With posing, clothing, and setting, photographer Shen Bohan underscores the anonymity of those living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon."—Chris Combs, news photo editor
"The simple composition of this photo lends itself so well to the way the subject's clothing competes with the couch she sits on. The pose of her body, turned away from the camera, immediately elicits emotion."—Katel Ledu, director of photography