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Freelancers' films on Libya, Syria win media prize

February 19. 2013 7:33PM
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(AP) Freelance journalists from France, Spain and Britain on Wednesday won the Rory Peck Awards for video reporting in warzones including Libya and Syria.

The annual award, presented at the ceremony at the British Film Institute, recognizes the achievement of freelance cameramen and women working in news around the world.

Alberto Arce and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova from Spain took the features prize for a self-funded film about young rebel fighters in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata.

Arce, who has directed several documentaries in Iraq and Afghanistan, joined The Associated Press earlier this year as a correspondent in Honduras.

French freelance photographer and filmmaker Mani won the news award for a report on the Syrian forces' shelling campaign in Homs in February. Mani gained rare access to the people and fighters in the city as they took on President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Briton Daniel Bogado won the Sony Impact Award for a film on a largely unknown war between civilians and the government in Sudan.

The AP is a sponsor of the Rory Peck Trust, which produces the awards. The prize, established in 1995, is named after freelance cameraman Rory Peck, who was killed in Moscow in 1993.

Associated Press

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