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RORY PECK AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Freelance cameramen and women from around the world are invited to submit entries for the 2007 Rory Peck Awards, which honours the best freelance footage in news and current affairs - especially in regions where it is difficult to operate as a newsgatherer.

Awards will be given in three categories: best humanitarian footage, best hard news story and best feature.

In all categories, the awards jury will look for quality of the camerawork, initiative in camerawork and concept; journalistic ability and integrity (including research and preparation); and the circumstances and conditions under which the footage was shot.

The awards are named after freelance cameraman Rory Peck, who was killed in the crossfire while covering the October 1993 coup outside of Moscow's television centre.

Applicants must be self-employed camera operators who regularly work for more than one employer but are not permanently employed. Submissions must include work that has been broadcast by news media between 1 August 2006 and 31 July 2007.

The deadline for entries is 3 September 2007.

Send entry forms and tapes to: The Rory Peck Awards, 2 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH, U.K.

For more information and eligibility, see: http://www.rorypecktrust.org/

(17 July 2007)

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