Ed Kashi, Tim Matsui Win Top Multimedia Prizes at 2015 POYi

Posted by on Monday February 23, 2015 | Video

From "Syria's Lost Generation," by 2015 POYi Multimedia Photographer of the Year Ed Kashi. ©Ed Kashi
***NO LAST NAMES TO BE USED IN PRINT OR IN THE VIDEO*** Reem Maher Al Khatib, 13, spends time wither her siblings in her family tent at the Al Za'atri refugee camp for Syrians, near Mafraq, Jordan on Nov. 18, 2013. Reem is a Syrian refugee suffering from mental health issues. She has been living in a tent at the Za'atri camp wither her parents, three sisters (1 older and 2 younger) and her brother (the youngest) since January 2013. While she was in Syria, Reem witnessed several armed conflicts, killing, bombing and kidnapping. Responding to the trauma by crying, yelling and hiding, she eventually stopped going to school in Syria because of the situation. Soon after, she came to the camp with her family. According to her mother, Reem presented psychological symptoms like fear, nightmares, isolation and making trouble with her sisters, with increasing frequency upon arrival at the camp. Refusing to attend school, Reem was overwhelmed by fear and insecurities. In June 2013 The CM (Eman) met Reem, at which time she shared other psychological symptoms like hearing some voices and seeing ghosts. The client was referred to MH psychiatrist whom diagnosed her as having “adjustment features.” Since that day, Reem has engaged in Psychotherapy sessions and Psychosocial activities in Youth Empowerment Program site 2. Now significant improvements have been observed. Reem has started to go to school, build a social network, and improve her family relationships, stress management, and coping skills. Spending time out of the tent and interacting with other children is an important indicator of her social developments. Reem now also spends time helping her mother and developed hobbies she likes, doing "handicrafts" and making drawings.

From “Syria’s Lost Generation,” by 2015 POYi Multimedia Photographer of the Year Ed Kashi. ©Ed Kashi

Ed Kashi has won Multimedia Photographer of the Year honors at the 2015 Pictures of the Year International competition for his project called Syria’s Lost Generation, while Tim Matsui won Documentary Project of the Year for The Long Night, a film he produced with MediaStorm about teenage prostitution.

Winners of other categories in POYi’s Visual Editing Division included Katie Falkenberg of the Los Angeles Times, who won first place in the Motion News Story category for a story about a Utah town torn apart by an FBI sting operation; Eugene Richards, winner of the Motion Feature Story prize for his project in the Arkansas delta called Red Ball of Sun Slipping Down; and Lisa Krantz and Jessica Belasco of the San Antonio Express-News, first place winners of the Motion Issue Reporting category for “A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity.”

Earlier this month, during judging for POYi’s Reportage Division, Krantz won the 2015 Community Awareness Award for the obesity project.

Judging for the Visual Editing Division ended Friday. The category included a number of editing awards for magazines and newspapers.  National Geographic magazine took Best Publication honors. The Los Angeles Times won first place for Editing Portfolio-Newspaper, while Time magazine won the top prize for Editing Portfolio-Magazine.

A complete list of the 72nd annual POYi contest winners is available online. Links to galleries of the winning entries are also on the site.


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