Freelancers from Iraq, Pakistan and Syria win Rory Peck Awards 2015

Date: 25/11/2015

The Rory Peck Award for News, was won by 27 year old Syrian freelancer, Zein Al-Rifai, for his coverage of the on-going conflict in his home city of Aleppo. Aleppo: Life in Ruins, commissioned and broadcast by AFPTV and shot between June 2014 and February 2015, shows the consequences of the almost daily barrel-bombing and the day-to-day reality of peoples' lives in the rebel-held area of the city. Judges said Zein's impactful footage, whilst showing injuries, death and grief  never loses sight of the humanity of what makes people continue to soldier on in the worst of circumstances.  The award was presented by BBC Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet.

Zmnako filmed the exodus of tens of thousands of Yazidis from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq during two days in August 2014, travelling the entire route from the Newroz refugee camp in Syria to the mountain and back, Judges described his footage as incredibly moving. You felt completely immersed in that incredible story of what felt like an almost biblical exodus. It was beautifully shot and left a real impression. The award was presented by freelance journalist and former Rory Peck winner, Sorious Somoura.  

tens of thousands of vulnerable young boys across Pakistan have become the victims of paedophile predators, many of them bus and truck drivers who have openly admitted to sex with the boys. Judges said the film was shocking and powerful, It made a huge impact, the camera just quietly letting people talk. It was sympathetic and unobtrusive, I felt we were with those kids. The film was produced by Clover Films for Channel 4. This yearswas awarded to Hassan Ashwor, a freelance fixer based in Dohuk, Northern Iraq. Tina Carr

Michael Harrit, Marketing Director, Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions, Europe. These are important stories that reveal the different sides of humanity and the world we live in today - they connect us on a human level with situations that are often far-removed from our own.  Filming in countries like Syria, northern Iraq and Pakistan is an ever-growing challenge that requires skill, creativity and courage, which is why we continue to support the Rory Peck Awards and the important work of the Rory Peck Trust.  



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