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ICRC to award prize for photojournalism on threats to health services

21-05-2012 News Release 12/103

Paris/Geneva (ICRC) – At the 24th Visa pour l'image international photojournalism festival, which will be held in the French city of Perpignan from 1 to 16 September 2012, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will award the second Humanitarian Visa d'or photojournalism prize.

The award, in the amount of 8,000 euros, honours the best work of photojournalism focusing on the issue of violence committed against the wounded or sick or against health-care workers and facilities.

"We hope that some submissions will highlight the fact that the wounded and the sick, whenever they are prevented from safely obtaining health care, are the ultimate victims," said Paul-Henri Arni, head of the ICRC Health Care in Danger project.

The first-ever Humanitarian Visa d'or was bestowed on Catalina Martin-Chico in September 2011 in recognition of her outstanding work on the obstacles that medical staff had to overcome to perform their duties during violent confrontations in Yemen early last year.

The prize is sponsored by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2012. For further information on the award visit the Humanitarian Visa d'or web page. To register, please send your requests by e-mail to: Visa pour l'image

For further information, please contact:
Frederic Joli, ICRC Paris, tel: +33 620494630
Jean-Yves Clemenzo, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 21732 17