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2010 Rory Peck Award Winners

The talent and enterprise of freelance  cameramen and women honoured in a wonderful evening at London's BFI Southbank.

  • Najibullah Quraishi wins the Rory Peck Award for Features for Behind Enemy Lines
  • Roger Arnold wins the Rory Peck Award for News for Red Shirts Protest
  • Nick Read wins the Sony Professional Impact Award for The Slumdog Children of Mumbai
  • Mexican freelance cameraman, Arturo Perez, is recipient of 2010 Martin Adler Prize


London, 17 November 2010 - The Rory Peck Trust tonight honoured the skill, courage and enterprise of freelance news and current affairs cameramen and camerawomen at its annual Rory Peck Awards ceremony.  Held at the BFI Southbank, the event was presented by Julie Etchingham and Rageh Omaar.

Afghan-Brit Najibullah Quraishi was presented with the Rory Peck Award for Features for Behind Enemy Lines, a film documenting the 10 days he spent embedded with Hezb-i-islam insurgents in Afghanistan in 2009.  The judges praised Najibullah’s documentary for its journalistic integrity and for the “warts and all” access that the filmmaker gained to the insurgents and their activities. A previous winner in 2002, Najibullah is the first person to win two Rory Peck Awards for different films.

US photojournalist Roger Arnold won the Rory Peck Award for News for his close and dramatic diary of events during the final week of anti-government protests in Bangkok, which the judges described as “a powerful and comprehensive piece of work”. Shot for WSJ.com, this was the first time that footage produced and broadcast solely for the web had won a Rory Peck Award.

British director and cameraman Nick Read was awarded the Sony Professional Impact Award for The Slumdog Children of Mumbai. Honouring work that has an international humanitarian impact, the judges praised Nick’s exceptional camerawork, and described the film as deeply moving and profoundly shocking.

The Martin Adler Prize was presented to Mexican freelance cameraman, Arturo Perez, who lives and works in Mexico’s deadly border city of Ciudad Juarez, covering its bloody drugs war. Now in its fourth year, this non-competitive prize honours a freelancer who has played an exceptional role in the telling of a significant news story.

“Once again these awards demonstrate just how enterprising and talented the freelance community is”, said Tina Carr, Director of The Rory Peck Trust.  “All of this year’s finalists and winners produced stories that required exceptional dedication and commitment, and it is important that we continue to recognise and support their work.”

“The winners of this year’s Rory Peck Awards highlight the strength of talent in today’s international freelance community, and the lengths that they go to, to hunt out and report the real issues at play in the world”, said Olivier Bovis, Business Group Head for AV & Media at Sony Professional. “Sony Professional is proud to sponsor the Rory Peck Awards - it is our way of saying thank you to all the freelancers who work tirelessly to provide this powerful journalism on a daily basis”.

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