William Daniels wins humanitarian Visa d'Or
The jury for the fourth "ICRC humanitarian Visa d'Or" has awarded the prize to William Daniels (Panos Pictures) for his work in the Central African Republic. Contestants were asked to illustrate the subject of health care in danger.
Jury chairman and Europe 1 journalist Didier François emphasized both the angle taken and Daniels' mastery of technique. "This report took a human, controlled approach, giving an accurate account of the problem of access to health care for civilians in the Central African Republic," he said. "Reading between the lines, we understand all the difficulties encountered by medical staff, who are often targets themselves."
According to Pierre Gentile, who leads the ICRC's "Health care in danger" project, William Daniels' report "effectively highlights the violence perpetrated against patients and health personnel in the Central African Republic. It fits in perfectly with the world-wide "Health Care in Danger" campaign the ICRC launched four years ago, which aims to ensure safer access to effective and impartial health care during conflict and violence."
Created in 2011 as part of the international "Visa pour l'image" festival of photojournalism, the "ICRC humanitarian Visa d'Or" is awarded for a report that highlights the issues of health care in danger and respect for medical activities during armed conflict and violence. Thanks to the support of the Sanofi Espoir foundation, the prize is worth 8,000 euro. It will be officially presented to William Daniels in Perpignan on 4 September as part of the 26th "Visa pour l'image." The winning report will be on display during the festival at the Palais des Corts, which houses the Pyrénées Orientales branch of the French Red Cross.
This year's jury consisted of seven members, representing the New York Times, Geo Magazine, Paris Match, Europe 1, the Sanofi Espoir foundation and the ICRC.