July 16th, 2012

Open Society Announces Photogs for 20th “Moving Walls” Exhibition

Open Society Institute, the human rights non-profit founded by George Soros, has announced the photographers who will be showing work in the 20th edition of its “Moving Walls” documentary photography exhibition, which will open in 2013. The selected photographers and projects are:

Katharina Hesse, on North Korean refugees who crossed the border into China
Fernando Moleres, on young men and boys imprisoned alongside adults and awaiting trial in Sierra Leone
Yuri Kozyrev, on the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa and their aftermath
Ian Teh, on the changing landscape of the Yellow River Basin in China
Donald Weber, on police interrogations in Ukraine

Photographers selected for the exhibition receive a $2,500 honorarium.

In addition to being the 20th iteration of “Moving Walls,” the exhibition will be the first in OSI’s new ground-level office space in Midtown Manhattan, which looks set to raise the profile of the exhibition. The new space “gives us opportunities to engage with the public in a different way,” noted OSI documentary photography project director Amy Yenkin in her announcement on the organization’s Web site.

For more visit the OSI site here.

Related: The Year in Photography: Yuri Kozyrev on the Arab Spring
Yuri Kozyrev Wins POYi’s 2011 Freelance Photographer of the Year
State Power: Donald Weber’s Interrogations

February 13th, 2012

Craig Walker Wins Newspaper Photographer of the Year

© Craig Walker/Denver Post

Craig Walker of the Denver Post has won the Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the 2011 Pictures of the Year International competition. Judges cited his portfolio for a balance of esthetics and journalistic content, and noted that it included “a stunning project” on war veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. (Walker won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for a project about a teenager who joins the Army to fight in Iraq.)

Runners up for POYi’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year were Morten Germund and Jacob Ehrbahn of Politiken, a daily newspaper in Copenhagen, Denmark that has a reputation for the strength of its photojournalism.

Read the full story here.

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.