The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for “best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise” went to Agnes Dherbeys, who freelanced for The New York Times in doing her story “Violence erupts in Thailand.
Thai Protest Photos Earn a Capa Medal
Agnes Dherbeys had never before photographed such a violent breaking news story. For her work in Bangkok, the Overseas Press Club has bestowed the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award.
Her approach has earned Agnes Dherbeys, 34, the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. The medal honors the “best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise.” Ms. Dherbeys, a freelancer, was on assignment for The New York Times. “Her images are close-up, powerful and direct,” the citation said.
ROBERT CAPA GOLD MEDAL AWARD Best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise. Winner: AGNES DHERBEYS Freelance for The New York Times – “Violence Erupts in Thailand” THE OLIVIER REBBOT AWARD – Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines or books. Winner: LYNSEY ADDARIO, National Geographic – “Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women” JOHN FABER AWARD – Best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers or news services. Winner: DANIEL BEREHULAK, Getty Images – “Pakistan Floods” FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD – Best feature photography published in any medium on an international theme. Winner: RODRIGO ABD, Associated Press – “Guatemala ER”
Sarah Elliott, Benedicte Kurzen, Ying Ang, and Agnes Dherbeys have in common that they are all young, women and photojournalists. Two of them, Elliott and Kurzen, are based in Africa, in Nairobi and Johannesburg respectively. The two others, Ang and Dherbeys, have never been there. Yet all four of them have come together around an ambitious project to remind the world about the horrors of systematic rape in Eastern Congo.
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Photojournalist Agnes Dherbeys is a participant in the VII Mentor Program, conceived by VII Photo to provide professional development for the brightest emerging talents in the industry. Agnes Dherbeys' coverage of the unrest in Thailand is the first in a series of Mentor features
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