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Honouring Those Who Tell the Stories that Must Be Told

Honouring Those Who Tell the Stories that Must Be Told

It was with great interest that I recently learned about the Martin Adler Prize - presented every year at the Rory Peck Awards - and the life of the extraordinary man for which it is named.

Martin Adler was an award-winning freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker who committed his life to covering stories, people and places that others deemed insignificant. He brought awareness to some of the most dangerous and troubled countries, exposing poverty, human rights issues and abusive conditions amidst war and genocide.

He was murdered in 2006 while covering a peace rally in Somalia. In 2007, the Rory Peck Trust inaugurated the Martin Adler Prize in recognition of his bravery and the integrity and compassion that were evident throughout his work.

The prize honors a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering through a single story or body of work. Its aim is to highlight the dedication and talent of freelancers who work under challenging and difficult circumstances within their own country and whose work goes largely unrecognized by the international news media. 

Making a difference, information and real issues are also important to Hexagon. We help solve challenges that threaten our existence with solutions essential to building and sustaining stronger communities. Our technologies contribute to global efforts to feed the expanding population, protect natural resources, maintain infrastructure and keep people safe. In short – we strive to make a difference so the world becomes a better place to live.

Every day, freelancers risk their lives to witness history firsthand to educate and inform the world about real issues. The Martin Adler Prize acknowledges the bravery and commitment of these individuals – an honor that Hexagon is proud to sponsor.

Kristin Christensen will be announcing the recipient of this year's Martin Adler Prize, sponsored by Hexagon, at the Rory Peck Awards 2013 on Wednesday 20 November. The event will be hosted by Christiane Amanpour and James Mates at London's BFI Southbank. Buy tickets here.

Kristin Christensen is Vice President, Corporate Communications, Global Strategic Marketing for Hexagon AB. You can follow her on Twitter, @Kristin4Change.

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