A rebel fighter plays guitar during a gunfight in Syrte, Libya. © 2011 – Libya – AFP / Aris Messinis

AFP photographer Aris Messinis won the Photo Trophy at this year’s Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, a festival held in Bayeux, France, that focuses on war reporting. The 7,000-euro prize, sponsored by Nikon, was awarded to Messinis last week for his coverage of the Battle of Sirte in Libya.

Messinis has been with the AFP since 2003, and is currently the chief photographer for the agency’s photo department in Athens. He covered the Arab Spring in Libya and Egypt and exhibited work in the 2012 Visa pour l’Image International Festival of Photojournalism.

Other photographers honored during the week-long event were Ed Ou of Reportage by Getty Images, who won the Young Reporter Prize for his work on the Egyptian revolution; and Manu Brabo of the Associated Press, who won The Public Prize for his images of the Libyan revolution. They each received a 3,000-euro prize; CAPA Television sponsored Ou’s prize and the Town of Bayeux sponsored Brabo’s.

The Bayeux-Calvados Award of War Correspondents, which began in 1994, awarded a total of ten prizes to journalists reporting on “a conflict situation or its impact on civilians, or news stories involving the defense of freedom and democracy.” Award categories included print, television, radio, photographic and online reporting. This year, 54 reports were submitted for consideration. Magnum photographer Gilles Peress served as the president of the 46-person jury. Notable jurors included photographers Karim Ben Khelifa, Jérôme Delay (AP) and Laurent Van der Stockt (Getty Images); Régis Le Sommier of Paris Match; Patrick Baz of AFP; Philippe le Barillier of La Presse de la Manche; and Thierry Oberle of Le Figaro.


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