Arthus-Bertrand Visa d’or News Award 2014 winner: Tyler Hicks. A woman tries to shelter her children from gunfire by Somali militants at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in an attack that killed more than 70 people. Hicks took this photo from a floor above, in an exposed area where the police feared for his safety. 21 September, 2013. Image © Tyler Hicks / The New York Times
Arthus-Bertrand Visa d'or Feature Award 2014 winner: Guillaume Herbaut. Two Cossacks on a barricade defended by Pro-European Union activists next to the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Monday 9 December, 2013. From the series: Ukraine, from Independence Square to the Donbas. Image © Guillaume Herbaut / Institute
Arthus-Bertrand Visa d'or Daily Press 2014 Award winners: Meeri Koutaniemi and Helsingin Sanomat. Maasai-girls Isina & Naserian are sitting in their father's hut a day before their planned circumcision. From Taken - Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya. Image © Meeri Koutaniemi / Helsingin Sanomat
Arthus-Bertrand Visa d'or Daily Press 2014 Award winners: Meeri Koutaniemi and Helsingin Sanomat. Mother of Isina shows the razor blade that will be used for the circumcision; the operation will be done by a local woman. From Taken - Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya. Image © Meeri Koutaniemi / Helsingin Sanomat
ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’or award – International Committee of the Red Cross 2014 winner: William Daniels. A grieving relative of Sept-Abel Sangomalet, a 20-year-old Christian killed by Muslims who entered the family home and stabbed him in his sleep. From Humanitarian Crisis in the Central African Republic. Image © William Daniels / Panos Pictures
Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik 2014 Award winner: Maxim Dondyuk. After the clashes, police and riot police remained on Maidan Nezalezhnosti. 19 February 2014. From Euromaïdan: a culture of confrontation. Image © Maxim Dondyuk
Pierre and Alexandra Boulat 2014 Award winner: Kosuke Okahara. A gangster in Medellin, Colombia. The man has scars all over his body that he says he obtained when he was attacked by rival gang groups. When drug lord and paramilitary boss Don Berna was extradited to the US in May 2008, and Medellin lost its boss, the town spiralled into chaos. All small narco groups started fighting for control of the city, and ultimately for control of the cocaine trade. Homicide rates in Medellin rose by more than 30 % in 2008. In 2009 there were more than 2000 murders, which made Medellin again one of the most dangerous cities in the world. In 2010, in January and February alone, there were more than 600 homicides. In 2011 the homicide rate dropped but the war still continues between drug lords. Medellin has been divided under drug lords Valenciano and Sebastian. All gang groups belong one of these men. From Drugs in Colombia. Image © Kosuke Okahara
Ani-PixPalace 2014 Award winner: Frederik Buyck. From Jesus, Make-up & Football. Image © Frederik Buyck
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.
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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