A Myanmar photographer won his biggest award at Saturday’s annual annual festival of photojournalism, covering pro-democracy protests and bloody military crackdowns in the troubled country.
For security reasons, the so-called photographer chose Visa D and Co for the news, the most prestigious award given at the “Visapur L Image” festival in Perpignan, southwestern France.
New York Times Asia Photo Editor Miko Takonan collected the prize from the photographer.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military seized power in the February 1 uprising, with daily protests and a major civil disobedience movement.
“He is probably the strongest photographer in the country. He is very happy and honored to have won this award.
Takunin said the photographer dedicated the award to his colleagues who are working in extremely difficult conditions.
His photographs show civilian protesters being stoned, soldiers being shot alive, and bereaved families mourning their dead.
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in an ongoing military crackdown in Myanmar, according to an advocacy group.
The press has been suppressed as the public seeks to tighten control over the flow of information, block access to the Internet and revoke the licenses of local media outlets.
The anonymous photographer said in a message that he had been on the streets “every day since February 1.
“I had a lot of trouble, working between shooting, tear gas and grenades.”
“On the ground, we stopped working with the press-marked helmet when we realized that the military was targeting photographers,” he said.
Other nominees include AFP’s Greek photographer Angelos Zortzenis, who spent the past few days working for refugees and asylum seekers in the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, which was cleared after a devastating fire.
The New York Times also nominated an American chef to cover the hurricane in Washington.
Danish Siddiqui, an Indian from Reuters, was nominated for his work on the health crisis following the corona virus epidemic in his country.
Siddiqui was killed in July while covering a battle between the Taliban and Afghan forces.
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