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Local freelance cameramen dominate Rory Peck shortlist

Local freelance cameramen dominate Rory Peck shortlist
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Staff Reporter
09 September 2015

Local freelancer cameramen and video journalists covering events dominate the shortlist for this year’s Rory Peck Awards.

Five of this year's nine finalists are local freelance cameramen and video journalists covering events in their own countries.

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. 



“TINA CARR, Director of the Rory Peck Trust, said: “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.”

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The winners of the Rory Peck Awards, sponsored by Sony, will be announced on Wednesday 18 November at London’s BFI Southbank. 

The Rory Peck Awards are dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs. They were launched in 1995 and named after freelance cameraman Rory Peck who was killed while filming in Moscow in 1993.
 
RORY PECK AWARDS - FINALISTS 2015

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+
 

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