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Visa pour l’Image 2014: the winners

Visa d'or winners named at the 26th Visa pour l'Image festival in Perpignan, France

American photographer Tyler Hicks, Frenchman Guillaume Herbaut and photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi are the winners of this year’s Arthus-Bertrand Visa d’or awards, given to the best reports published between September 2013 and August 2014.

The announcements were made during the opening “Professional” week of annual photojournalism festival, Visa pour l’Image, in Perpignan, France.

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Hicks was awarded the €8000 Visa d’or News prize (donated by French weekly magazine Paris Match) for his work on the Westgate Mall Massacre in Nairobi, Kenya, for The New York Times. Institute photographer Herbaut won the €8000 Visa d’or Feature award for his report on Ukraine. Freelance photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi was awarded the €8000 Visa d’or Daily Press Award for her series about Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya, for Scandinavian newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

For the Visa d’or awards, picture editors from across the world are asked to make a selection of news and feature reports – both published and unpublished – from those seen during the previous year. A second jury then meets in Perpignan to decide the winners.

Other award winners included Samuel Bollendorff and Olivia Colo, who won the France 24/RFI Web Documentary Visa d’or Award 2014. Watch the trailer for the winning documentary here.

Viviane Dalles received this year’s Canon Female Photojournalist Award. It is the first time that the €8000 prize has been supported by Elle Magazine. Dalles was chosen for her project on teenage mothers in the region of Thiérache, a cross-border area in France and Belgium. The photographer’s images were not available at the time of publishing, but click here to see her work.

The recipients of the tenth Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography were also named during the festival, as reported by BJP.

Above we present a slideshow selection of the winning images.

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