Extraordinary courage behind the camera

The annual Rory Peck Awards recognise the often dangerous work carried out by freelance cameramen and women working in TV news and current affairs.

The Rory Peck Trust was set up in 1995 in memory of the cameraman of the same name after he was shot in Russia while filming the storming by opposition supporters of the Ostankino TV Centre in Moscow.

The awards, which were launched in the same year, acknowledge the increasing reliance of the newsgathering industry on freelances, many of whom work in dangerous environments and face poverty and repression.

They will be presented this year at the British Film Institute in London on 15 November.

The Sony Impact Award, presented by the sponsor of the event, recognises the work of a freelance who provides ‘humanitarian imagery which has had an impact internationally and contain images that have contributed to a change in perception or policy”.

For tickets to the awards go to rorypecktrust.org or email awards@rorypecktrust.org.

Click on a picture to learn more about how the shortlisted journalist.

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