Sebastian Meyer Thuraya sponsorship

Sebastian Meyer Thuraya sponsorship
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 Written by Sebastian Meyer

Award-winning photographer and multi-media journalist, Sebastian Meyer, is the recipient of a unique sponsorship set up by Thuraya Telecommunications Company in partnership with the Rory Peck Trust.

Sebastian, who is based in Erbil, Iraq, will receive a Thuraya IP+ broadband terminal plus a package of free airtime to support his work. It will enable him to file image and video, keep connected and stay safe in difficult and remote regions.

"Safety and security are of the utmost importance for freelance journalists today.", said Tina Carr, Director of the Trust. "We are delighted to partner with Thuraya to provide mobile satellite connectivity to Sebastian and Metrography, to help him stay connected and deliver important stories from the region."

Metrography

Thuraya's sponsorship will also benefit the work of Metrography, Iraq's first photo agency, set up by Sebastian and Kamara Najm Ibrahim in 2009 to develop, support and promote the work of Iraqi freelance photographers.

"Infrastructure here in Iraq is in terrible shape", Sebastian told RPT, "with electricity cuts part of our daily life. For reporters and photographers who need to file their work on time, this can be a serious problem, as communication lines often fail.

"Thuraya's IP+ terminal will be a significant help in delivering stories from corners of the country which are often cut off from electricity and the internet".

Sebastian and the Rory Peck Trust

In 2012, the Trust supported Sebastian with an assistance grant. He also received a safety training bursary through RPT's training fund which has helped him cover stories in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

His work has been published by TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times Magazine, and he has produced video stories and documentaries for Guardian Unlimited, Time.com, PBS and Voice of America.

Sponsorship will support work, communications and safety in the field

Thuraya is an industry leading MSS operator and global telecommunication provider. It offers innovate communications solutions to sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and NGO.

Thuraya's Vice President of Marketing, T. Sandford Jewett, said "Thuraya is proud to sponsor Sebastian and his work. Due to the nature of the tough environments in wihch he works, infrastructure is often unreliable. We believe that the Thuraya IP+ will provide him with an added layer of security and protection, in addition to facilitating his work".

You can follow Sebastian's journey and find out how he benefits Thuraya's sponsorship at thuraya.com and on their social media channels.

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France's Arte is currently featuring the work of Metrography photographers in their series Images Irakiennes:

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