The Rory Peck Trust has revealed the nine finalists selected for the 2010 Rory Peck Awards, sponsored by Sony Professional, to be announced at an Awards ceremony on Wednesday 17 November 2010 at London’s BFI Southbank.
The Rory Peck Awards is the only competition in the world to recognise the skill and achievement of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in international news and current affairs. This year’s finalists demonstrate how, more than ever, today’s media industry relies on freelancers to go to places that broadcasters are reluctant to go to, and to bring back stories that would otherwise not be told. They also show how freelancers have raised the bar technically, demonstrating what small cameras can do in difficult situations.
The face of conflict – up close, personal and intimate – dominates the films short-listed for the Rory Peck Award for News and the Rory Peck Award for Features, with stories from Bangkok, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe and both sides of the conflict in Afghanistan.
The struggle of everyday life away from conflict characterises the shortlist for the Sony Professional Impact Award, with stories showing the human face of illegal immigration in the US and Guatemala, the plight of Roma gypsy children forced to steal and beg, and the harsh reality of life for children living on the streets and in the slums of Mumbai.
“We have three extremely moving films on this year’s shortlist”, said Olivier Bovis, Sony Professional’s AV Media Business Head, and one of the judges for this year’s Sony Professional Impact Award. “I was particularly impressed with the way the finalists translated the emotion of what they saw through their cameras. Each of them, in different ways, managed to articulate the human dimension of their stories in a so that they had real impact; that’s not easy to achieve. “
“The standard and range of entries to this year’s awards show that the freelance community is vibrant and thriving”, said Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust. “Every year we are impressed by the level of commitment, drive and courage that goes into the telling of these stories. Many of this year’s finalists worked under extremely difficult circumstances to produce extraordinary stories from around the world. It is important that we recognise their work”
Details of all the finalists for this year’s Awards can be found here.