The jury of the 20th Prix Bayeux-Calvados Awards for War correspondents has rewarded two photo-reporters and one video-journalist for their work in Syria with AFP.
Fabio Bucciarelli received the Nikon Photo Award in the Professional Category for “Battle to Death”, a striking series of images taken during the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo in autumn 2012. His report had previously received several awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award in April and World Press Photo of the year.
Javier Manzano won the French Ministry of Defence Photo Public prize. He was rewarded for a series of photos unpretentiously entitled “the siege of Aleppo”, taken in October 2012 and previously rewarded at the World Press Photo Contest. One of his pictures of two Syrian rebels holding their position earned him the Pulitzer Prize in the "Photo Magazine” category.
Finally, Djilali Belaïd obtained second prize in the Television trophy for a story in late June 2012 at the Krak des Chevaliers, the famous Crusader castle held by Syrian rebels in the south of the country. To date, he remains the only foreign journalist to have gained access to this remote area, under army siege and bombed daily.