Monday, 29 November 2010

The Rory Peck Awards 2010

Rory Peck Awards

LPA's Sebastian Rich narrowly missed out of winning the Rory Peck Awards For News. His film was shot in Marjah Afghanistan in February 2010 entitled Afghanistan Bomb Disposal ,commissioned and Broadcast by NBC News.The awards evening was held at the BFI Southbank and presented by Julie Etchingham and Rageh Omaar.

The Awards was won by Roger Arnold for his film - Red Shirts Protest.
Shot in Thailand, April - May 2010. Commissioned and broadcast by Wall Street Roger’s footage is a detailed diary of events in Bangkok during the final week of the anti-government protests in May 2010.  Close, immediate and dramatic, we see the conflict from both the perspective of the protestors’ and the Thai army. Roger is based in Bangkok - the story unfolded on his doorstep, and he was on the streets day and night, filming events as they happened. His footage shows the devastating violence of the protests, and also their tragic results – among the many people injured during the conflict were several of Roger’s journalist friends, one of whom was killed.

The judges thought that this was a "powerful and comprehensive piece of work".  One said: "As you would expect from a photo-journalist, the photography is fantastic. Roger showed initiative and courage; he covered the story from all angles, from all locations - you couldn't ask for more."

Roger Arnold is a freelance photographer, cameraman and journalist who has he has travelled and world including The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, ABC, Paris Match, Der Speigel, Le Figaro, Stern, Financial Times, Cicero, Marie Claire, Elle, Days Japan, Janes Intelligence Review, Penthouse, GQ, Maxim, Amnesty International, International Committee of the Red Cross, The United Nations and many others.
The Rory Peck Award for News honours freelance camerawork in the coverage of a news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story.  Finalists for this category were Robin Forestier-Walker for Kyrgyzstan Aftermath, and Sebastian Rich for Afghan Bomb Disposal.

About The Rory Peck Awards -
Sponsored by Sony,The Rory Peck Awards is a highly respected international competition that honours excellence in freelance news and current affairs camerawork.  Established in 1995, it is the only awards dedicated to the work of professional freelance cameramen and camerawomen and demonstrates why they are so important to the newsgathering and broadcast industries. Every year the Awards attract international media interest across print, web and television, including annual broadcast.  The Rory Peck Awards ceremony is the main fundraiser for The Rory Peck Trust.

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