October 17th, 2012

Aris Messinis Wins the Photo Trophy at the Bayeux-Calvados Awards

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.

October 10th, 2011

Yuri Kozyrev Wins 2 Prix Bayeux-Calvados Awards for Libya Coverage

© Yuri Kozyrev/Noor for Time. Above: A rebel prays on the battlefield,

Photographer Yuri Kozyrev, who covered the conflict in Libya for Time magazine,  won the Photo Trophy and the Public Prize for photography at the Priz Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondents de Guerre, a four-day festival devoted to war reporting, which takes place in Bayeux, France. The Photo Trophy, sponsored by Nikon, comes with a 7,000 Euro prize; the Public Prize, sponsored by the town of Bayeux, includes a 3,000 Euro prize.

Other awards given at the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, which took place October 5-8, including awards for radio, television, Web and print journalists. More than 40 jurors judged the competition, including photographers Jerome Delay, Karim Ben Khelifa, Laurent Van Der Stokt, Wilfrid Esteve,  agent Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images.

Kozyrev, a member of Noor Images, covered the escalating conflict between rebels opposed to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafy and the Libyan army for Time in February and March, and again in August as rebels closed in on the country’s capital, Tripoli.  He has also photographed in Yemen, Egypt and Bahrain since the start of the Arab spring. In September, Kozyrev was awarded the Visa D’Or prize for news photography at the Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan, France.