Photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli, already Pulitzer 2019, awarded in Bayeux

Dedicated to photo, print, radio and television war reporting, the Bayeux Calvados-Normandie Prize was chaired this year by Ed Vulliamy, journalist at the “Guardian”.

It would take more than a pandemic, however persistent, to prevent war correspondents from meeting. Thus, throughout the past week, the 27e edition of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandie Prize, dedicated since its creation to this media category which, all media combined, surveys the most dangerous and unstable places on the planet to report as freely and objectively as possible of its upheavals at the risk of their lives . Exhibitions, screenings, debates, conferences, round tables, all of a high level finding the right balance between expertise and pedagogy, punctuated the Norman week, concluded on Saturday evening with the traditional award ceremony.

The jury of around thirty members was made up of professionals gathered on October 9 and 10, under the chairmanship of Ed Vulliamy, Irish writer and journalist from The Guardian and The Observer, who once moved heaven and earth to denounce Tony Blair, Prime Minister at the time, guilty of having engaged his country in a war against Iraq based on fallacious arguments exhibited by the White House. In the introduction, Vulliamy presented his mission: “I’m exhausted, not from lack of sleep, but from the intensity of what we’re doing here. It is an honor to chair this jury: the Bayeux Prize is the epicenter, the center of gravity of our profession. The great thing about the deliberations is that there is no notion of good or bad: we have to make a judgment, impossible by definition. We have to choose between the excellent and the best of all. ”

“The Longest War”

Among the many prizes awarded, the one in the photo category went to Lorenzo Tugnoli (Contrasto), Italian based in Beirut (and Pulitzer Prize 2019 for his work on the famine in Yemen), for its subject “The longest war” made in Afghanistan for the Washington Post. The radio price went back to Sonia Ghezali and Shahzaib Wahlah for “Afghanistan: after the attack on the MSF maternity hospital” broadcast on RFI, the jury specifying on this occasion that in 27 editions, it had undoubtedly never heard a sound document of such quality. In the “large format TV” category, it is Syria in the Idlib trap, by Suzanne Allant, Yaman Khatib and Fadi Al-Halabi, for Arte reportage, which was rewarded, not without provoking debate on the grounds that the subject was edited in France by someone (Suzanne Allant) who had not gone into the field, but worked in collaboration with her Syrian counterparts.

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First prize in the written press category, the investigative work ofAllan Kaval from World, for “In northeastern Syria, the slow death of jihadist prisoners”, which evokes a prison run by Kurdish forces, was recognized ten days after the journalist was injured (along with his colleague Rafael Yaghobzadeh) in Nagorno-Karabakh. Repatriated to France, the hospitalized journalist said to himself “Infinitely moved” on Twitter. John Sudworth and Wang Xiping’s subject aired on the BBC and titled Uyghur Families received the TV award and the high school and apprenticeship award.

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Photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli, already Pulitzer 2019, awarded in Bayeux

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