Winners and Finalists:

Rory Peck Award

       For News


Name: Abdullahi Farah Duguf (Winner)
Nationality: Somali
Entry Title: Two weeks in Mogadishu
Location and Date: Somalia, September 2007
Commissioned / Broadcast: ITN / Channel 4 News
 
Duguf’s footage shows distressing scenes of violence, destruction and human misery in Mogadishu as the insurgency erupted into almost daily battles on the streets in Somalia’s capital. He captured the terrifying level of violence on the streets where there was nothing to shield local people – or journalists. At at one point he became a target himself.

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Abdullahi Farah Duguf now runs a security organisation, called Duguf Enterprise Security Services, in Mogadishu, Somalia. You can see the film for which he won the Rory Peck Award here.
 

 

Name: Clifford Derrick
Nationality: Kenyan
Entry Title: Kibera Slum
Location and Date: Kenya, January 2008
Commissioned / Broadcast: Al Jazeera English
 
Clifford’s piece takes the viewer into Kenya's notorious Kibera Slum at the height of the post-election chaos and shows how its impoverished residents bore the brunt of the violence. Clifford was the first cameraman to go into the slums. He witnessed a contingent of anti-riot police firing live rounds into the crowd and tear gas into houses where terrified women and children tried to shelter.

Clifford Derrick now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He currently works as a staff tutor and mentor at the Wits University Film and Television department, in South Africa.

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Name: Subina Shrestha
Nationality: Nepali
Entry Title: Down the Irrawaddy Delta
Location and Date: Burma / Union of Myanmar, May 2008
Commissioned / Broadcast:  Al Jazeera English
 
A moving film about survivors left stranded after cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma. Subina posed as a Buddhist from Nepal delivering food aid and was the first journalist to reach the area, speaking to shocked survivors in villages along the river as the victims of the cyclone – human and animal – lay unattended on the riverbanks. The survivors had no food, water or government help and a week after the cyclone, were becoming desperate. Subina produced, filmed, edited and voiced the report herself.

Subina Shrestha continues to work as a freelancer filmmaker, mainly producing films about South and Southeast Asia for Al Jazeera English. You can view her Twitter profile here.

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Rory Peck Award

    For Features


Name: Tim Hetherington (Winner)
Nationality: British
Entry Title: The Other War
Location and Date: Afghanistan, October 2007
Commissioned / Broadcast: ABC Nightline

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Tim’s film gives an eyewitness account of the daily physical and emotional struggles of American soldiers from the Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne fighting in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.  It includes rare recordings of US bombing of civilian areas and attempts by the soldiers to make peace with village elders in Taliban-controlled areas. Tim was on the frontline with the soldiers when they came under attack in a Taliban ambush during "Operation Rock Avalanche". The attack resulted in the death of three soldiers.

Tim Hetherington was a British-American photojournalist and filmmaker whose film Restrepo (co-directed with Sebastian Junger) was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He was killed by shrapnel in April 2011 in Misrata whilst covering the Libyan Revolution.
 

 

Name: Vaughan Smith
Nationality: British
Entry Title: Grenadiers Fighting in Helmand
Location and Date: Afghanistan, September 2007
Commissioned / Broadcast: The Frontline Club Web Blog / BBC Newsnight

Vaughan’s film gives a rare view of what it was like to be a British infantry soldier in Helmand last summer and the hazards of training Afghan troops while in battle. The Taliban are fought, but never seen, during a 24-hour operation that exhausts the soldiers and illustrates the dangers, demands and the intensity of a poorly understood conflict.

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Vaughan Smith is one of the co-founders of the Frontline Freelance TV company and the founder of the Frontline Club. You can visit the Frontline Club website here.
 

Name: Rodrigo Vazquez
Nationality: Argentinean-British
Entry Title: Inside Hamas
Location and Date: Palestinian Authority Gaza, August-October 2007
Commissioned / Broadcast: Stampede Limited for Channel 4 International / Channel 4 Television

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With unprecedented access, Rodrigo’s film uncovers the reality of daily life in Gaza under a Hamas government, tracking one of its new police units who, just weeks earlier, had been frontline fighters. His film captures scenes of violent chaos as the police try to cope with their new role.

Rodrigo Vazquez now runs his own production company called Bethnal Films Limited. You can visit their website here.
 

 

Sony Professional 

   Impact Award

Name: Jung In Taek and Han Yong Ho (Winners)
Nationality: South Korean
Entry Title: Korea: Out of the North
Location and Date: North Korea, China, Laos, Thailand & South Korea, August 2007-February 2008
Commissioned / Broadcast: Chosun Ilbo newspaper, South Korea / BBC Television

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This winning film follows the stories of just some of the thousands of refugees who cross the Tumen River into China hoping to escape the repressive regime in North Korea. Chung In Taek and Han Yong Ho risked imprisonment to spend ten months filming undercover. On the Chinese side of the border they filmed half-naked people - carrying their clothes to keep them dry - crossing the freezing river at night. And they followed the long and difficult journeys of some of those who made it to freedom and some of those who did not.
 

 

Name: Ginny Stein and 'D'
Nationality: Zimbabwean and Australian
Entry Title: Mugabe's Calling Card
Location and Date: South Africa and Zimbabwe, May to June 2008
Commissioned / Broadcast: SBS TV Dateline

This secretly-filmed report provides shocking evidence of the violence directed at opposition activists and supporters in the run-up to the 2008 Presidential elections.

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Most of it was filmed inside Zimbabwe by Ginny Stein's fixer and translator who - for his own safety - can only be known as "D". Ginny and "D" had already filmed a number of undercover reports together in Zimbabwe and had established strong contacts. This time they decided it was too dangerous for Ginny to cross the border from South Africa. After a crash course in filming with a hidden camera, "D" went alone.
 
Ginny Stein now works as ABC Australia’s Africa Correspondent, and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. You can follow her on Twitter here.
 

 

Name: Jezza Neumann
Nationality: British
Entry Title: Undercover in Tibet
Location and Date: Tibet, China, Nepal and India, April-August 2007
Commissioned / Broadcast: True Vision Productions for Channel 4 Television
 
Jezza Neumann took Tibetan exile Tash Despa back to the homeland he had risked his life to escape from eleven years previously, and spent three months filming with Tash undercover to reveal the hidden reality of life in Tibet under Chinese occupation. His film shows the regime of terror which dominates daily life and uncovers evidence of the "cultural genocide" described by the Dalai Lama. Filming interviews often necessitated night time excursions or hikes into the mountains, and working at high altitude meant altitude sickness took a physical toll on the team. The footage was hidden in secret partitions on a hard drive before being smuggled out of the country.


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Jezza Neumann continues to work as a freelance filmmaker, producing documentaries for True Vision Films. He later won a Sony Professional Impact Award for his film on orphans in Zimbabwe. You can visit his profile on the True Vision website here.
 

 

   Martin Adler

         Prize

Name: Mike Saburi
Nationality: Zimbabwe
Profession: Freelance Cameraman

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Mike Saburi received the 2008 Martin Adler Prize for supplying the international news media with footage during the run up to the 2008 elections in Zimbabwe. His pictures told the story of his troubled country whilst Mike himself endured harassment and threats of violence. As Mike followed Robert Mugabe, Simba Makoni and Morgan Tsvangirai on the campaign trail across Zimbabwe, he shed light on his country’s economic meltdown and also uncovered the dramatic effects of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.

With Mugabe’s regime outlawing journalists and stifling the media with permanent surveillance, threats and attacks, Saburi’s footage allowed agencies and international broadcasters to tell the true story of Zimbabwe’s political repression, the hyper inflation and chronic malnutrition experienced in the run up to the 2008 elections.