Rory Peck Awards 2010 – finalists announced

The Rory Peck Trust last week revealed the nine finalists selected for its 2010 Awards.

Rory Peck Awards recognise the achievement of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in international news and current affairs and this year features stories from Bangkok, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe and both sides of the conflict in Afghanistan.

The nominees for the feature award:

  • Hopewell Rugoho Chin’ono for A Violent Response: the inside story of Zimbabwe’s post-election violence.
  • Najibullah Quraishi for Behind Enemy Lines: the film documents the two weeks he spent with Hezb-i-Islami, Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in the troubled Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in Afghanistan.
  • Paul Refsdal for Taliban: Behind the Masks: an intimate portrait of a group of Taliban fighters in their mountain stronghold.

The nominees for the news award:

  • Roger Arnold for Bangkok Street Protests: a film detailing events in Bangkok during the final week of the anti-government protests in May 2010.
  • Robin Forestier-Walker for Kyrgyzstan Aftermath: the complicated story of inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Sebastian Rich for Afghanistan Bomb Disposal: Rich was embedded with 1/6 Alpha company of the American marines when they came across a 40-pound Improvised Explosive Device.

Nominees for the Sony Professional Impact award:

  • Greg Brosnan/Jen Szymaszek for In the Shadow of the Raid: This film explores the devastating economic consequences of a major US immigration raid on a meat-packing plant in Iowa when half the illegal workers came from two neighbouring villages in Guatemala.
  • Nick Read for The Slumdog Children of Mumbai: Shot over three months through the Monsoon, the film captures the reality of life for four children living in the slums.
  • Liviu Tipurita for Gypsy Child Thieves: the film highlights the plight of Roma gypsy children forced to beg and steal by organized criminal gangs from their own community.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 17 November at London’s BFI Southbank.

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