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Tyler Hicks Wins Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

by David Walker


©Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
A woman shields children during the terrorist attack on the Westgate mall in Kenya, Nairobi last September. The image was part of the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award-winning series by Tyler Hicks. 

Tyler Hicks of The New York Times has won the 2013 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for his coverage of the attack last September on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, the Overseas Press Club has announced. 

Hicks won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography last week for the same story.

The Robert Capa Award is bestowed annually for the best foreign photo coverage "requiring exceptional courage and enterprise," according to OPC. In announcing this year's award, OPC noted that Hicks "tells the story of a terrifying and dangerous situation. The photographer is at obvious risk, yet he continues to photograph multiple scenarios and stays on the scene to document the horrors and aftermath of the attack."

Other winners of OPC photography prizes for work completed in 2013 included Robert Nickelsberg, winner of the Olivier Rebbot Award for best foreign photo reporting in magazines and books; Jerome Delay, winner of the John Faber Award for best foreign photo reporting in newspapers and wire services; and Marcus Bleasdale, winner of the Feature Photography Award.

Photograph Steve Ringman and reporter Craig Welch of the Seattle Times shared the Whitman Bassow Award for best coverage of an international environmental issue.

Nickelsberg won the Olivier Rebbot Award for work on his book Afghanistan: A Distant War, published last October by Prestel. "The depth of his years-long reporting shows a unique perspective and helps bring a deeper understanding to a critical geopolitical topic," OPC said in its announcement.

Delay, and Associated Press staff photographer, won the John Faber Award for his coverage of unrest last year in the Central African Republic. OPC praised the work for its "unflinching directness."

Bleasdale won the Feature Photography Award for his story for National Geographic called "The Last of the Viking Warriors." OPC called it "Completely original photographic storytelling executed perfectly."

Ringman and Welch won the Whitman Bassow Award for "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn," about the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide on the ocean.

Images and more information about the winning projects are available on the OPC website.

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