South African photographer, Sam Nzima, poses with his iconic photo showing Hector Pieterson, a 13-year-old shot by police during the 1976 Soweto uprising, in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Nzima is being honored for helping expose apartheid's brutality to the world with the picture that ended his career because police were so enraged by the attention his photograph drew. AP Photo/Denis Farrell.

By: Donna Bryson, Associated Press

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (AP).-A South African photographer is being honored for helping expose apartheid’s brutality to the world with a picture that ended his career.

On Wednesday, celebrated as Freedom Day in South Africa because it is the anniversary of the country’s first all-race elections, President Jacob Zuma will bestow national honors on Sam Nzima for a photograph reminiscent of the “Pieta” he took showing a dying Hector Pieterson, a 13-year-old shot by police during the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising.

Nzima is receiving the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognizes South Africans who excel in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. He joins such past winners as jazz legend Hugh Masekela and novelist Alan Paton.

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