Lucas Dolega in Congo © Corentin Fohlen.
The Lucas Dolega Association is calling for entries for the second edition of the Lucas Dolega Award, which comes with a €10,000 cash prize, an exhibition in Paris, a publication in Reporters Without Borders' photobook, and an assignment with Polka Magazine.
The award was launched last year, following Dolega's death in Tunis. The young photographer was hit by a tear-gas canister on 14 January, reportedly fired by a police officer, while he covered the Jasmine Revolution. He died three days later.
The Lucas Dolega Award is aimed at supporting freelance photographers in their work. "The prize is meant to reward a photographer who, through his or her personal commitment, involvement in the field, as well as the quality of his or her work, will have been able to testify to his or her attachment to the freedom of information," say the organisers.
Freelance photographers should enter a body of work that documents a conflict, revolution, natural or sanitary disaster, or their consequences on civil populations. They can also enter any report relevant to the protection of freedom and democracy.
The award is supported by Nikon, Polka Magazine, Reporters Without Borders, as well as the Mairie de Paris, UPP, Freelens, SAIF and Atelier Label Images. The second edition, which closes for entries on 15 November, is dedicated to Rémi Ochlik, a young photographer who died in Homs, Syria, on 22 February 2012. Ochlik helped set up the Lucas Dolega Award in 2011.
For more details and to enter visit www.lucasdolega.com.
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