Phan Thi Kim Phuc – the Napalm Girl


This photograph, known popularly as Napalm Girl, is of Vietnamese-Canadian Phan Thi Kim Phuc running from her village of Trang Bang after a napalm attack by South Vietnamese aircrews on June 8, 1972. The photograph was taken by Associated Press (AP) photographer Huynh Cong ‘Nick’ Ut. This is the “cropped version” of the historic photograph, with other AP personnel standing to the right of the scene removed. Napalm Girl won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography, and was also chosen as World Press Photograph of the Year for 1973. It is, in my opinion, one of the two most powerful photographs taken during the US led assault (11/1955 – 04/1975) on the nation of Viet Nam.