An image of a US soldier in Afghanistan has beaten more than 80,000 other pictures to win the World Press Photo Contest title for British photographer Tim Hetherington.rnrnPicture credit: Tim Hetherington/Vanity Fair

An image of a US soldier in Afghanistan has beaten more than 80,000 other pictures to win the World Press Photo Contest title for British photographer Tim Hetherington.

?This image shows the exhaustion of a man ? and the exhaustion of a nation,? said Gary Knight chairman of the judging panel.

?We?re all connected to this. It?s a picture of a man at the end of a line.?

Hetherington’s photograph shows a soldier resting at the ?Restrepo? bunker, named after a soldier killed by insurgents.

The photographer had been on assignment for Vanity Fair and captured the picture on 16 September 2007.

He wins Euros 10,000, plus a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR.

More than 5,000 photographers entered this year?s contest, a record number, say organisers.

See here for a gallery of this year’s winning images.

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