Photojournalism: Sebastiano Tomada wins the ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d'Or prize for a report from Syria
On 20 June the jury for the ICRC’s third Humanitarian Visa d'Or awarded its 2013 prize to photojournalist Sebastiano Tomada (SIPA Press, New York) for a report from Aleppo, Syria. His report poignantly documents the situation of the wounded, the difficulty of accessing health care and the precariousness of relief provision structures exposed to the violence of the fighting.
“(…) I’m glad about the choice we’ve made,” commented Dr Rony Brauman, former president of Médecins sans Frontières and chair of the jury for the ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or. “Sebastiano Tomada’s report illustrates the atrocities that are being carried out in Syria and suggests that part of this war is being waged in health-care centres, by bombing hospitals and ambulances (…)”.
Sebastiano Tomada, aged 26, will officially receive the ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or on 5 September next in Perpignan, at the 25th Visa pour l'Image international photojournalism festival.
The ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or, which was launched in 2011, is awarded in recognition of reporting by a professional photojournalist who has succeeded in highlighting the issue of respect for the medical mission in war and other violent situations. The initiative is part of the Health Care in Danger project run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the past three years.
The winner receives a prize of 8,000 euros, thanks to the support of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. The 2013 jury comprised representatives of the New York Times, GEO magazine, Figaro Magazine, Paris Match, the ICRC, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation.
The 2011 and 2012 awards were won by photojournalists Catalina Martin-Chico of COSMOS and Mani, from the daily Le Monde, respectively.