Photo from Great Return March protests wins prestigious French prize
A photograph of a Palestinian protester taking part in the Great March of Return in the occupied Gaza Strip won a top prize Saturday in France’s prestigious Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for War Correspondents.
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According to France 24, the first prize for photography went to 38-year-old Mahmoud Hams of AFP for “Clashes on Gaza’s border”, “which depicts a Palestinian double amputee in a wheelchair hurling a rock during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2018”.
The image was taken in an area that was “very dangerous and difficult to access”, noted Thomas Coex, AFP’s chief photographer for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, France 24 added.
The caption for the award-winning image states: “Palestinian Saber Al-Ashkar, 29, hurls rocks during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip, east of Gaza City, on May 11, 2018, as Palestinians demonstrate for the right to return to their historic homeland in what is now Israel”.
The annual awards are given to acknowledge outstanding work in the fields of photo, print, radio and television journalism.