Afghanistan. Korengal Valley, Kunar Province. July 2008. Specialist Tad Donoho screams with pain after being administered a 'pink belly' for his birthday. Each member of the platoon strikes his stomach until it begins to bruise, hence the name 'pink belly' © Tim Hetherington / Magnum Photos
The McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism award is presented annually to "a member of the media or a media organization for distinguished service, excellence in reporting and unbiased coverage of the United States Military through journalism," says the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Tim Hetherington distinguished himself for the movie Restrepo, which he co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger, Sleeping Soldiers, a photo installation shot in Afghanistan, and Infidel, a book published in 2010.
"All this work is distinguished by Tim's adamant refusal to politicise fighters and his utter concentration on every soldier's humanity," says Magnum Photos, which represents Hetherington's work. "Tim and Sebastian were already known to the Medal Of Honor Society from when they filmed Salvatore A Giunta in 2010, when Giunta was named recipient of the US military's highest honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The McCrary Award For Excellence In Journalism has been made posthumously and was received by Tim's mother, Judith Hetherington, and Junger at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in Gettysburg in the US.
Hetherington died on 20 April 2011, alongside Getty Images' photographer Chris Hondros, while covering the Libyan conflict in Misrata. The two photographers came under heavy fire and died in an explosion that also injured two other photographers.
Work from Hetherington's career is now on show at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. The exhibition runs until 24 November. For more details, visit the Open Eye Gallery website.
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