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Local freelancers dominate Rory Peck Awards lineup

Local freelancers dominate Rory Peck Awards lineup

In its twentieth anniversary year the shortlist for the Rory Peck Awards, sponsored by Sony, is dominated by local freelancers. Five of this year's nine finalists are local freelance cameramen and video journalists covering events in their own countries.

The Rory Peck Awards 2015 honour work filmed by Iraqi, Pakistani, Palestinian, Syrian, Italian, British and French freelance finalists. Entries from inside conflicts in the Middle East feature prominently, alongside coverage from the frontlines of Eastern Ukraine, and shocking human stories uncovered in Pakistan and the Philippines. 

"We are delighted to have so many local freelancers represented at this year's Rory Peck Awards", said TINA CARR, Director of the Rory Peck Trust. "It's a sign of just how much media organisations are relying on local freelancers to provide news and images, especially from areas and situations that are hard to access. It’s also an indicator that they are producing images and journalism of the highest quality, despite living and working in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous situations."

"The ability freelancers have to produce visually captivating footage, that moves viewers emotionally, telling stories from some of the most challenging environments across the globe is an inspiration to us all", said MICHAEL HARRIT, Marketing Director, Media Solutions, Sony Europe. This year, with so many local freelancers represented, those images are even more impactful coming from situations and events so personal and close to home. Our sponsorship of the Rory Peck Awards over the last twenty years, is Sony's recognition of the immense value that freelancers hold and our support of the work of the Rory Peck Trust provides freelancers with the safety skills, knowledge and support they need to continue to work with confidence."


Rory Peck Award for News

ZEIN AL-RIFAI (Syrian) for Aleppo: Life in Ruins
Shot in Syria, June 2014 – February 2015.  Commissioned and broadcast by AFPTV
YAHYA HASSOUNA (Palestinian) for Gaza: A Summer of War and Beyond
Shot in Gaza, July-September 2014.  Commissioned and broadcast by AFPTV
OLIVIER SARBIL (French) for Ukraine: Sounds of a Ceasefire
Shot in Ukraine, October 2014 – February 2015.  Commissioned and broadcast by CCTV News 

Rory Peck Award for News Features

ZMNAKO ISMAEL (Iraqi) for On the Road with Yazidis Fleeing Islamic State
Shot in Iraq and Syria, August 2014.  Self-funded, broadcast by Channel 4 News (ITN)
SIMON RAWLES (British) for Caged and Chained
Shot in the Philippines, October 2014.  Self-funded, broadcast by The Guardian
SALAM RIZK (Syrian) for Syria’s Rebel Advance
Shot in Syria, April-May 2015.  Commissioned and broadcast by Vice News

Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs

HAIDER ALI (Pakistani) for Pakistan’s Hidden Shame
Filmed in Pakistan, June 2013 – February 2014.  Clover Films for Channel 4
MEDYAN DAIRIEH (Palestinian) for The Islamic State
Filmed in Syria and Iraq, June 2014.  Commissioned and broadcast by Vice News                                                  
HERNAN ZIN (Italian) for Born in Gaza
Filmed in Gaza, August – October 2014.  Self-funded. Broadcast by Canal+.

The winners of the Rory Peck Awards 2015 will be announced on Wednesday 18th November at London's BFI Southbank. The special, 20th Anniversary ceremony will be hosted by Sky News' Alex Crawford and feature guest presenters.

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