Visa pour l’image: Ukrainian Evgeniy Maloletka awarded for his reports in Mariupol

Published on: 09/04/2022 – 12:25 The most prestigious prize of the Visa pour l’image festival, the Visa d’or News, was awarded on Saturday in Perpignan to Evgeniy Maloletka, a 35-year-old Ukrainian photographer , of the Associated Press agency, for its reports in Mariupol, a city in southern Ukraine, long besieged and pounded by the Russian army. The Visa d’or News “to the Ukrainian people). The most prestigious prize of the international festival of photojournalism Visa for the image of Perpignan, was awarded, Saturday, September 3, to Evgeniy Maloletka for his reports in Mariupol, a city in the south heavily bombed Ukraine. Very moved, Evgeniy Maloletka dedicated his prize “to the Ukrainian people”, stressing the importance of this recognition of his work. This 35-year-old Ukrainian photographer, from the Associated Press agency, and his compatriot Mstyslav Chernov, 37, an AP videographer, were the first journalists to enter Mariupol on February 23, an hour before the first bomb, and the last to leave on March 15. Some photos signed by Evgeniy Maloletka, winner du Visa d’or News {{ scope.counterText }} {{ scope.legend }} © {{ scope.credits }} {{ scope.counterText }} i {{ scope.legend }}© {{ scope.credits } } “These 20 days in Mariupol have been like one endless long day, getting worse and worse,” Ev geniy Maloletka in front of his poignant photos of killed children, pregnant women in the rubble, hastily dug mass graves, unable to organize funerals because of the bombardments. The shelling by the Russian army of this port city of 400 000 inhabitants, in particular a maternity hospital, sparked indignation in the international community.>> Report: the war in Ukraine at the heart of the Visa pour l’image de PerpignanWhat did not prevent Ségolène Royal, the former candidate for the French presidency, to denounce, on September 1 on BFM TV, “war propaganda through fear” on the part of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, and in particular questioned the reality of “the bombarded maternity” of Mariupol , a fact documented by Evgeniy Maloletka. She has since taken to Twitter and apologized. Ségolène Royal, as you question what happened at the Mariupol maternity ward, I went to see the only two journalists who were there at the time of the bombardment, and who risked their lives to report the facts to us. .— Julien Pain (@JulienPain) September 3, 2022 Other nominees were Ukrainian-born Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak for his ‘People Lived Here’ (New York Times) report on the massacre of civilians in Boutcha, and Marcus Yam, an American reporter born in Malaysia, for “The fall of Afghanistan” (Los Angeles Times). But Ukraine was one of the main themes of this 34th edition, which opened on August 27. in Ukraine, central themeSeven Golden Visas, five prizes and three scholarships were awarded during the festival. Last year, the Visa d’or News had, for the first time, rewarded a photographer who remained anonymous for security reasons, for his work on “The Spring Revolution” in Burma. The Visa d’or of the daily press went to the Danish newspaper Politiken for Mads Nissen’s work on war. But the planet and its disturbances caused by human activity were also at the heart of the festival. The Visa d’or Magazine rewarded Brent Stirton (Getty Images/National Geographic) for “Bushmeat: at the origin of epidemics”, and the Yves Rocher Foundation prize, aimed at facilitating reporting on environmental issues, went to Alain Schroeder who works on Indonesia. Grants, exhibitions, projections , on the migration crisis in the north of France, and that of digital information France Info went to Max Bearak, Dylan Moriarty and Julia Ledur for “Africa Cities Rising” broadcast by the Washington Post. Le Visa d’or d he honor of Figaro Magazine, honoring the career of a still active photographer, was awarded to Alain Keler (Myop) known in particular for his photos of Chechnya, El Salvador, Tiananmen. Among the other awards, the Pierre and Alexandra prize Boulat praised the work of Laura Morton s on automated technologies. The Canon Woman Photojournalist grant went to Natalya Saprunova for her project on the Evenk people in Siberia, that of the short-film video documentary to Irene Baqué who is filming Casa Xochiquetzal, a refuge for sex workers. retired in Mexico City. The Camille Lepage prize was awarded to Rebecca Conway, who works on the impact of the civil war on mental health in Sri Lanka, and the Carmignac prize for photojournalism to Fabiola Ferrero for her project on the economic debacle in Venezuela. The 25 free exhibitions of Visa – which also offered screenings, meetings with photographers and round tables – remain open until September 11. Reports will be projected on a giant screen on September 23 and 24 at the Grande Halle de La Villette , in Paris. With AFP