Rory Peck Awards 2017: all the winners

The Rory Peck Awards 2017 celebrated the work of freelancers working behind the camera in news and current affairs last night in a ceremony hosted by BBC’s Lyse Doucet and NBC’s Katy Tur at London's Sadler's Wells.

Here are the winners for 2017:

Waad al Kateab

Inside Aleppo: The Last Hospital
Broadcast by Channel 4 News

The Rory Peck Award for News sponsored by Google, was presented to Syrian camerawoman Waad Al Kateab for her Channel 4 News report Inside Aleppo: The Last Hospital. Filmed in Al-Kuds hospital in November 2016, it captures the daily horrors of civilians and families trapped in the city’s diminishing enclave. Judges called her report, “An exemplary piece of journalism”. “Not one shot is fired yet Waad shows us so powerfully the horrors of war.”

Olivier Sarbil

Battle for Mosul
Broadcast by Channel 4 News

The Rory Peck Awards for News Features was presented to French freelance cameraman and filmmaker Oliver Sarbil for Battle for Mosul, an intimate and unvarnished study of the slow and grinding battle to free the people of Mosul from so-called Islamic State, told through the eyes of a group of young men from Iraq’s 1st Battalion. Broadcast by Channel 4 News, judges praised Oliver – “a brilliant observer” – for his “incredible footage and intimate insights into real life in Mosul.” “It’s captivating, great work”.

Siraj Al Deen Al Omar, Mojahed Abo Al Jood, Basim Ayyoubi, Ahmad Hashisho

Goodbye Aleppo
Broadcast by BBC Arabic

The Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs was presented to Siraj Al Deen Al Omar, Mojahed Abo Al Jood, Basim Ayyoubi, Ahmad Hashisho, four young Syrian video journalists, for their BBC Arabic film Goodbye Aleppo. The film is their personal story of the fall of East Aleppo at the end of 2016, revealing what life is like for a population under siege as their city is about to fall. Judges said it is: “the most intimate, gripping and moving work we could see of these last days in Aleppo.” “ It is like a love story, a love diary, to their city.  A superb, a tremendous film.”

Minzayar Oo

Martin Adler Prize Recipient

This year’s Martin Adler Prize, sponsored by Hexagon, was presented to Burmese photographer, Minzayar Oo, in recognition of his work in Myanmar. This special prize honours a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering, either through a single story or body of work, but who is largely unrecognised by the international news media. He is the first photographer to receive the prize.


See more about the work of Rory Peck Trust: https://rorypecktrust.org

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