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Rory Peck Awards 19 November 2014: Finalists announced

Rory Peck Awards 19 November 2014: Finalists announced

The nine finalists for the Rory Peck Awards 2014, sponsored by Sony, were announced today by legendary US news broadcaster Tom Brokaw in a presentation at New York City's British Residence.

The Rory Peck Awards are the only awards dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs - self-shooting journalists, videojournalists and filmmakers who work independently covering events and uncovering stories in many of the globe's most difficult regions.

This year's finalists come from Britain, Central African Republic, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, USA and Ukraine...


PACÓME PABANDJI (Central African) for CAR: Descent into Chaos
Shot in CAR, December 2013-May 2014. Broadcast by AFPTV

NICHOLE SOBECKI (American) for Terror strikes Kenya: Attack at the Westgate Mall
Shot in Kenya, September 2013. Broadcast by AFPTV

ANDRIY PERUN (Ukrainian) for Ukraine Crisis: Kiev
Shot in Ukraine, December-February 2013. Broadcast by Reuters


MARCEL METTELSIEFEN (German) for Children on the Frontline
Shot in Syria, July and August 2013. ITN Productions for Channel 4 Dispatches. Additional funding from ARTE, DR, SVT, Skyvision,

MUHAMMAD ALI (Syrian) for Syria's Second Front
Shot in Syria, November 2013 - January 2014. Clover Films for PBS Frontline

TEAM MINDEULLE (North Korean) for North Korea: Life Inside the Secret State
Shot in North Korea and South Korea, 2011 - 2013
Hard Cash Productions for Channel 4 Dispatches and PBS Frontline


RUHI HAMID (British ) for Knife Crime ER
Shot in South Africa, November 2013. Sundog Pictures for BBC3 Reggie Yates’ Extreme South Africa series

SAFA AL AHMAD (Saudi) for Saudi's Secret Uprising
Shot in Saudi Arabia, January-February 2013, December 2013 and January 2014
Commissioned by BBC Our World with BBC Persian and Arabic channels. Broadcast across BBC.

BEN STEELE (British) for Hunted
Shot in Russia, November - December 2013.
Blakeway Productions for Channel 4 Dispatches. Co-funded by BBC Worldwide.

'Freelancers play a vital role'

"At a time when journalists are being targeted and silenced more than ever before, the finalists of this year's Rory Peck Awards show us the power of independent reporting, and the determination of freelancers to bear witness and uncover hidden stories," said Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust, who organise the Rory Peck Awards. "Freelancers play a vital role in our understanding of the world, but as recent shocking events prove, they are often the most vulnerable. The Rory Peck Awards show us why they deserve our recognition, support and protection."

Sony have been a committed sponsor of the Rory Peck Awards since they began in 1995. "The ability of freelancers to produce breath-taking and engaging footage in the most challenging conditions is an inspiration to us all," said Olivier Bobis, Head of Marketing AV Media and Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "At Sony, we know how much meticulous planning and hard work goes into capturing the human story or split second of footage that can change viewers perceptions around the globe. Our sponsorship of the Rory Peck Awards is Sony's recognition of the immense value that freelancers bring to the news agenda, and our support of the Rory Peck Trust for the work they do equips freelancers with the skills, knowledge and back-up they need to work with confidence."

The Rory Peck Awards ceremony is the main annual fundraiser for the Rory Peck Trust.

Post by British Consulate-General - New York.

The winners of the Rory Peck Awards 2014 will be announced at the Rory Peck Awards Ceremony, 19.30 hrs GMT, Wednesday 19 November 2014 at London's BFI Southbank.  More information about the finalists and how to buy tickets to the ceremony at

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