Bryan Denton and Sergey Ponomarev have won the 2017 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for courage and enterprise in photographic reporting abroad, the Overseas Press Club (OPC) announced yesterday. The two photojournalists shared the award for their coverage of fighting in Iraq to reclaim territory from ISIS. The work of both photographers was published by The New York Times. (Denton’s here, and Ponomarev’s here.)
“The images were artful as well as powerfully journalistic,” jurors said in the OPC announcement.
The Overseas Press Club Awards recognize the best international reporting of the year.
Other winners of photography awards in the 78th annual OPC award competition included Daniel Berehulak, who won the Olivier Rebbot Award for his story about the extra-judicial slayings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines. Berehulak’s story, called “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” was published by The New York Times.
Jurors praised the story as “visual storytelling at its best bringing wide attention to a story in the Philippines that had been overlooked.”
The OPC Feature Photography Award went to Meredith Kohut for her photographs, also published by The Times, showing the conditions inside Venezuela’s crumbling mental institutions. “Kohut’s stark, powerful photographs from inside the mental institutions grimly cast a light on the endemic suffering and malnourishment,” jurors said in the OPC announcement.
The winners of the 2017 OPC awards will be honored at a dinner in New York on April 27. A complete list of the winners is available on the OPC website.
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