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Poland: ICRC award for Polish photographer

06-06-2006 News Release 06/33

The Polish photographer Wojcech Lembryk was awarded a special prize by the ICRC today at the annual WBK Press Photo 2006 Awards, a major Polish press photo competition held in Warsaw. His photographs portray the dreadful suffering caused by the protracted conflicts in Afghanistan.

" People in war zones lead tragic lives, but their tragedy is compounded by the fact that in most cases they are totally forgotten by the rest of the world, " said Mr Lembryk. " That is why I decided to report on humanitarian crises. "

As a prize, the ICRC will award Mr Lembryk a contract to report on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country that has also suffered terribly from the ravages of war.

" We live in a world of images, " said Patrick Zahnd, head of the ICRC's regional delegation for Central Europe. " We awarded this prize to draw the public's attention to the plight of war victims and to encourage the media to give better coverage to such issues. "

Mr Lembryk, a freelancer who works for international photo agencies, also won the Photo of the Year award in the competition in Warsaw today. An international jury composed of Polish and international photographers and photo editors had to select the best works from among more than 3,500 submissions.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Marcin Monko, ICRC Budapest , tel. ++ 36 202 499 985