Martin Adler Prize
The Martin Adler Prize honours a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering, either through a single story or body of work. The aim of the prize is to highlight the dedication and talent of freelancers who work under challenging and difficult circumstances within their own country, and who go largely un-recognised by the international news media. The freelancer can be involved in any area of newsgathering, for example, as a fixer, translator, driver, journalist, cameraperson, filmmaker or photographer. It is a special prize, given at the discretion of the Rory Peck Trust.
Idrak Abbasov is a freelance journalist working in Azerbaijan – a country which has seen growing restrictions on press freedom and increasing attacks on journalists. Born in 1979, he has worked with dogged determination to cover stories for a range of independent media including print, online, radio and television.