The first year of the competition saw submissions from more than 20 countries in 10 languages.
The winning works shed light on conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and the Philippines.
Best VIDEO Journalism from a Conflict Zone:LONG FORMAnna Karenina TolentinoSingaporeGet Real: Escape from MarawiOn May 23, 2017, ISIS affiliated terrorists wrestled control of Marawi, the biggest Islamic city in the Southern Philippines.Best VIDEO Journalism from a Conflict Zone: LONG FORM
Get Real: Escape from Marawi (Philippines): On May 23, 2017, ISIS affiliated terrorists wrestled control of Marawi, the biggest Islamic city in the Southern Philippines. Escape from Marawi gives a comprehensive account of why the city fell and the fallout that ensued. Through mobile phone videos, taken by the Philippine Military, the Suicide Squad (team of civilian volunteers), and the residents themselves, this program highlights the threat of terrorism that has become too real to ignore, as well as the scars that will stay for generations to come.
Anna Karenina Tolentino is a young journalist, having begun her career just six years ago at Channel NewsAsia. A native Filipino, she’s covered numerous stories in the country, including child soldiers in Mindanao and assassins who kill for a living during elections. She considers “Escape from Marawi” her best work, as it allowed her to tackle an ongoing conflict close to home. This year, she produced Voices against Violence - a documentary on sexual harassment in South Korea, which aired just as the #MeToo campaign was gaining steam.
BEST VIDEO JOURNALISM FROM A CONFLICT ZONE:SHORT FORMAsaad Al-ZalzaleeIraqISIS Children (Iraq)This piece examines the fate of the children and families of ISIS militants following the expulsion of the terrorist organization by Iraqi forces.Best VIDEO Journalism from a Conflict Zone: SHORT FORM
ISIS Children (Iraq): This piece examines the fate of the children and families of ISIS militants following the expulsion of the terrorist organization by Iraqi forces. The family members who have remained in the country are detained in camps where they are denied access to the outside world, and children are denied access to education, health and nutrition.
Asaad Zalzali currently works as a correspondent for Beladi TV, an Iraqi news satellite channel, and as an investigative reporter for the ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) Press Network. Asaad began his career in journalism in 2004 and is now a multiple award winning journalist, including a two-time winner of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press. He holds two degrees—one in media and one in engineering .
BEST VIDEO JOURNALISM FROM A CONFLICT ZONE:WRITTENJason O'BrienIrelandSpecial dispatch from inside Syria.After seven years of bloodshed, the ongoing civil war in Syria is this century's deadliest.Best Journalism from a Conflict Zone: written
Special Dispatch from Inside Syria (Syria): After seven years of bloodshed, the ongoing civil war in Syria is this century's deadliest. The defeat of the Islamic State didn't end it but, along with the lifting of the siege in Aleppo, it marked a significant turning point. In this piece, Jason traveled to Aleppo to talk to people, mainly women, who have somehow maintained a semblance of normal life for their besieged families during almost non-stop bombing. Elsewhere, he examines the reality of communities trying to rebuild amid the horrific divisions inflicted under IS.
Jason O'Brien is a multiple award winning foreign affairs reporter. He is currently a reporter for the Irish Independent newspaper in Ireland, and editor of Independent.ie. He has reported from around the world on a vast array of issues including - but not limited to – the wars in Syria, South Sudan and Lebanon, medical crises in the developing world from Haiti to Sierra Leone, and natural disasters in Haiti and Nepal.