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Meet the winners of the Rory Peck Awards 2013

Last night I attended the Rory Peck Trust’s annual Awards ceremony and, as always, it’s a humbling reminder of the bravery and dedication of the (usually) unsung heroes who help to bring the news to our TV screens. The Rory Peck Awards honour the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs and last night’s packed event was hosted by Christiane Amanpour of CNN and ABC News, and James Mates of ITV News, at London’s BFI Southbank.

The winning films featured news stories from Syria, Mali and Bangladesh.  This year’s Martin Adler Prize went to Idrak Abbasov who is a freelance journalist working in Azerbaijan.

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Towards the end of the ceremony everyone silently reflected on the ultimate commitment made by freelancers who have died doing their jobs as we watched 111 names scroll across the screen.

Read more about this year’s award winners, here.

Next time you watch TV coverage of a war zone or a tragedy on the other side of the world, spare a thought for the freelancers and their fixers whose commitment to freedom of speech and “telling the story” made it possible.

Congratulations to Tina Carr and her team for staging an amazing evening.

If you’d like to support the Trust’s work you can donate in either of these two ways: 

 a) https://rorypecktrust.org/SupportUs

b) http://www.justgiving.com/SonyRoryPeck

(Sony are matching every pound donated until Friday night, when this appeal will close)

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