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Winners announced at Rory Peck Awards 2014

Winners announced at Rory Peck Awards 2014

Freelancers from Central African Republic, North Korea, Gaza and Britain take top honours at tonight's ceremony hosted by Alex Crawford and Lindsey Hilsum at London's BFI Southbank.

Download the pdf of the brochure The Rory Peck Awards tonight honoured the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs at a packed event hosted by Sky News’ special correspondent Alex Crawford and Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum at London's BFI Southbank.

Download a copy of the Rory Peck Awards Brochure and Review.

Rory Peck Award for News

The Rory Peck Award for News was presented to 23 year old freelancer Pacôme Pabandji from Central African Republic for CAR: Descent Into Chaos, broadcast by AFPTV. Pacôme’s footage of the conflict in his home country depicts both the violence that erupted there and glimpses of everyday life.  Judges praised Pacôme’s ability to cast a dispassionate eye on a heated and dangerous conflict whilst living in its midst with one judge commenting that “the conviction he must have to keep going – to keep telling the story of his country – is admirable.” 

Rory Peck Award for Features

The Rory Peck Award for Features was won by Team Mindeulle - a group of six anonymous North Korean cameramen - for North Korea: Life Inside the Secret State which was produced by Hard Cash Productions and broadcast by Channel 4 Dispatches.  Filmed completely undercover and at immense risk, their film provides an extremely rare glimpse into the inner workings of the world’s most secretive state where we see fascinating and eerie scenes of life there. Crucially, the film also hints towards signs of cracks in the regime’s control with ordinary people standing up to authority.  Judges noted the enormous historical importance of the piece and the team’s extraordinary bravery in risking their lives to tell this story.

Sony Impact Award

The Sony Impact Award was presented to British freelancer Ben Steele for Hunted, produced by Blakeway Productions for Channel 4 Dispatches. Ben’s film explores the world of Russian vigilante gangs who, encouraged by recent anti-homosexual legislation, go on hunting “safaris” to catch, humiliate and abuse gay victims. Ben captures this world extremely close up; in one scene, he is present and continues filming in the small room where a young victim had been lured for a violent interrogation. A member of the gang tells Ben it would have been much worse for the victim if his camera had not been present. Judges praised Ben’s compassionate and non-judgmental approach as well as the film’s success in capturing the extraordinary atmosphere of homophobia in Russia. It had a massive impact when it was shown just before the Sochi winter Olympics – raising awareness and triggering public debate.

Martin Adler Prize

This year’s Martin Adler Prize, sponsored by Hexagon, was awarded to Palestinian freelance journalist, fixer and translator Khaled Abu Ghali. Khaled was awarded the prize in recognition of his 14 year career as a journalist and fixer. He has covered many of Gaza's most intense periods of conflict in his 14 year career, most notably in 2006, 2009, 2012, and Summer 2014 and has worked with, and contributed to, many of the world’s most prominent news outlets. Khaled is widely known among journalists for his invaluable breadth of knowledge, experience and skill and for his impartiality and professionalism, despite living with the personal impact of war. Channel 4 News’ Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Miller, who worked with Khaled during the most recent crisis in Gaza, said he assumed a critical journalistic role during that time, delivering top-level interviewees and supporting reporters and news teams in the field.

"At a time when journalists are being targeted and silenced more than ever before, the winners of this year's Rory Peck Awards demonstrate the power of independent reporting, and the determination of freelancers to bear witness and uncover stories, sometimes at great personal cost”, said Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust. “The work of this year’s finalists and winners has contributed immensely to our understanding of the world we live in. They deserve our protection, recognition and support."

"It is clear the contribution freelancers make to the news agenda is critical", said Olivier Bovis, Head of AV Media, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe. "We at Sony are proud, in some small way, to stand alongside this community and the work of the Rory Peck Trust, who provide an unrivalled level of support to freelancers around the world. Once more we return to honour the impact such individuals and their work continues to make.”



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