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PARIS – Four AFP photojournalists have won prizes in the 2016 world press photo awards.

AFP, with a network of 500 photographers, is a regular recipient of the most prestigious prizes. It distributes more than 3,000 images a day and is widely recognised for the quality of its photo production.

Its photo archive, enriched by content from 40 partners, offers some 23 million images. The photo service was created in 1985 and has multiplied its production seven-fold since 2000.

 

Sameer Al-Doumy – Syria Strikes

Sameer Al-Doumy won first prize in the “Spot News Stories” category for a series of images on the aftermath of Syrian government air strikes against rebel forces in Douma and Hamouria.

A child trapped under debris following airstrikes by Syrian government.–AFP
A child trapped under debris following airstrikes by Syrian government.–AFP

Al-Doumy is a freelance photographer who lives in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

A Syrian emergency worker runs towards the site of air strikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.–AFP
A Syrian emergency worker runs towards the site of air strikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.–AFP

He began working as a video journalist for local media at the start of the Syrian revolt in 2011 and has freelanced for AFP since 2014.

 

Roberto Schmidt – Everest Avalanche

Roberto Schmidt received second prize in the “Spot News Stories” category for his coverage of an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by an earthquake in Nepal in April 2015.

An enormous cloud of snow and debris cascading down the mountain as survivors recalled the horrifying moment that disaster struck at Mount Everest in April 2015.–AFP
An enormous cloud of snow and debris cascading down the mountain as survivors recalled the horrifying moment that disaster struck at Mount Everest in April 2015.–AFP

Schmidt, a Colombian photographer born in 1966, joined AFP’s Miami bureau in 1989.

An injured person is loaded onto a helicopter, following an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by an earthquake in Nepal.–AFP
An injured person is loaded onto a helicopter, following an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by an earthquake in Nepal.–AFP
Roberto Schmidt
Roberto Schmidt

He was photo chief for East Africa and the Indian Ocean based in Nairobi and then head of photo for South Asia based in New Delhi.

In 2014 he received an honourable mention in the “Feature” category of the National Press Photographers Association “Best of Photojournalism” awards for his image of Barack Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning Schmidt taking a selfie during the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in 2014.

He won an honourable mention in the “Sports Singles” category of the World Press Photo prize in 2003 for a shot of the footballer Ronaldinho during the 2002 World Cup.

 

Bülent Kiliç – Syrian Refugees

Bülent Kiliç received third prize in the “Spot News Stories” category for his images of Syrian refugees clambering through a gap in a barbed wire fence at the Akçakale border post in Turkey in June 2015.

Syrian refugees climbing over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally after fleeing their home.–AFP
Syrian refugees climbing over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally after fleeing their home.–AFP

Bülent Kiliç, a Turkish photographer born in 1979, began his career in the local press and joined AFP in 2005.

A Syrian Kurdish woman and her children gather around a fire in a refugee camp at Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey.–AFP
A Syrian Kurdish woman and her children gather around a fire in a refugee camp at Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey.–AFP
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Bülent Kiliç

He is photo chief for Turkey and has carried out foreign reporting missions in Ukraine and Syria.

He won the Visa d’Or at the 2015 Visa Pour l’Image photo festival in Perpignan, France for his coverage of the refugees at the border crossing.

He received first and third prizes in the “Spot News Singles” category of the World Press Photo awards last year for his coverage of Turkey and Syria.

 

Abd Doumany – Child Casualties

Abd Doumany received second prize in the “General News Stories” category for his images of child casualties of Syrian government air raids in the rebel-held town of Douma.

A Syrian man carrying the body of a child killed in a reported air strike by government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.–AFP
A Syrian man carrying the body of a child killed in a reported air strike by government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.–AFP

Doumany, a 25-year-old freelancer, was born in Damascus and lives in the city’s suburbs.

A wounded Syrian girl at a make shift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.–AFP
A wounded Syrian girl at a make shift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus.–AFP

He has covered the Syrian uprising since the start, having begun his career as a photographer in 2013. He has been working for AFP since 2014.

A Syrian boy cries as he looks at his wounded father
A Syrian boy cries as he looks at his wounded father

Doumany’s coverage of the Syrian conflict earned him the Silver Prize at the 2015 CHIPP (China International Press Photo Contest) in the “War and Disaster” category.

 

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