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Photos on Syrian war win coveted French journalism prize

The Visa pour l'image festival in Perpignan attracts thousands of visitors every year
The Visa pour l'image festival in Perpignan attracts thousands of visitors every year Afp / Raymond Roig
Text by: Kalvin Ng
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A series of photos on the war in Syria has taken out a coveted photojournalism prize in Perpignan, in southern France.

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The photos by Chilean photographer Tomas Munita won the New York Times the Visa d’or for daily press at the “Visa pour l’image” International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan.

In its decision, the jury congratulated Munita’s work for raising awareness of the continuing conflict in Syria.

The jury also paid homage to French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik, French journalist Gilles Jacquier and American war correspondent Mary Colvin, who were killed in January while covering the Syrian uprising in Homs.

The festival honoured Ochlik this year with the “City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik” award for the best young photojournalist.

Twenty-seven year old French photographer Sebestian Listé won the prize with "Urban Quilombo", a gritty look into the lives of dozens of families that occupied an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Earlier in the week, Jeanne Thibord, Sidonie Garnier and François Le Gall won the France 24-RFI web documentary award for an interactive work showcasing street art around the world.

The festival is in its 24th year and runs until 16 September.

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