A photojournalist who has spent the past five years chronicling the Iraq conflict for Time magazine has won this year’s Frontline Club award.
Yuri Kozyrev, a photographer for the past 20 years, was praised for his photo essay covering different sides of life in Baghdad since the US-led attack began in 2003.
The award was voted on by a panel of judges drawn from the Frontline Club’s membership, including Jeremy Bowen, Patrick Cockburn, Christina Lamb and Anthony Loyd.
“Yuri Kozyrev has been on the ground almost continually for the entire length of this conflict, and has given the world a comprehensive, unique, and honest portrait of the people that it has involved,” the judges said.
Kozyrev covered every major conflict in the former Soviet Union, including two Chechen wars, before moving to Afghanistan to document the fall of the Taliban after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.
Arkady Babchenko, the military correspondent for Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, received a special commendation for his ‘outstanding coverage’of the war in South Ossetia and Georgia.
The winner of the Frontline Memorial Tribute, an occasional award recognising the courage of one individual journalist, has been granted anonymity ‘for her personal security”.
The panel said it would announce her identity “when there are no concerns that doing so might imperil the winner”.
The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in London on 28 November, and will receive lifetime membership of the Frontline Club.