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RORY PECK AWARDS FOR FREELANCE CAMERA OPERATORS

Freelance cameramen and women from around the world are invited to submit entries for the 2008 Rory Peck Awards, which honour the best freelance footage in news and current affairs - especially in regions where it is difficult to operate as a news gatherer. The deadline for entries is 2 September 2008.

Awards will be given in three categories: best coverage of on-the-day news, best feature, and best humanitarian footage that has had an international impact or contributed to a change in perception or policy (The Impact Award).

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 2007 and 31 July 2008.

For more information and eligibility, contact: awards(@)rorypecktrust.org or see: http://www.rorypecktrust.org/

(23 July 2008)

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