Rory Peck 2017 finalists announced
From Aleppo and Mosul to La Paz and Washington, freelance finalists explore communities under siege and under attack from government, militias and military.
Rory Peck Awards for News
Fadi Al Halabi and Adham Al Hussen (Syrian)
Syria: Gasping for Life in Khan Sheikhoun
Self-funded. Footage licensed from Aleppo Media Centre (AMC). Broadcast by CNN
Raw, unvarnished coverage of the immediate aftermath of a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Northern Syria which killed 92 people, including 33 children.
Waad Al Kateab (Syrian)
Inside Aleppo: The Last Hospital
Commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4 News /ITN. A report from East Aleppo’s last surviving hospital, Al-Kud's, showing the devastating effects of the battle for East Aleppo on the city’s families and children.
Mstyslav Chernov (Ukrainian)
Commissioned and broadcast by Associated Press. Coverage of the Mosul offensive from East and West of the city showing the complex dangers encountered by Iraqi forces and the plight of the civilians caught up in the conflict.
Rory Peck Awards for News Features
Ali Arkady (Iraqi)
The Torture Tapes
Self-funded. Footage licensed from VII Photo Agency and broadcast on ABC News Nightline. A powerful documentation of torture committed by members of Iraq's elite Emergency Response Division against detainees in Mosul 2016.
Olly Lambert (British)
The President v the Press
Commissioned and broadcast by BBC Newsnight. The new daily realities of life on the job for the Washington media as they struggle to report on a Presidency that has quickly labelled them “fake news”.
Olivier Sarbil (French)
Battle for Mosul
Commissioned and broadcast by Channel 4 News/ITN. An intimate and unvarnished portrait of the slow and grinding battle to free the people of Mosul, told through the eyes of a group of young men from Iraq’s 1st Battalion.
Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs 2017
Siraj Al Deen Al Omar, Mojahed Abo Al Jood, Basim Ayyoubi, Ahmad Hashisho (Syrian)
Commissioned and broadcast by BBC Arabic. The story of the fall of East Aleppo captured through the personal experiences of four young Syrian journalists.
Dan Fallshaw (Australian) and Violeta Ayala (Australian/Bolivian)
Produced in collaboration with the Sundance Institute Short Documentary Fund and John D.and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Broadcast by The Guardian. In Bolivia, a group of disabled protesters travel across the Andes to the capital La Paz to lobby for improved rights and benefits, where they are met by riot police, tear gas and water cannons.
Patrick Wells (British)
ISIS and the Battle for Iraq
Quicksilver Media for Channel 4 Dispatches. Investigating allegations of torture, execution and the sectarian cleansing of Sunni refugees by Shia militias who are fighting alongside the Iraqi army in their battle to rid the country of ISIS.
Read the full finalists announcement here.
This year’s winners will be announced at the Rory Peck Awards ceremony, which will take place at Sadler’s Wells, London, on Monday 23 October 2017. The event is the main fundraiser for the Rory Peck Trust.
Tickets for the event are now on sale via the Sadler's Wells booking site. Book now.