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Kiev clash series wins Kapuscinski photo prize

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 03.12.2014 11:44
A series of photographs chronicling February's clashes on Kiev's Independence Square won the Polish Press Agency's Ryszard Kapuscinski Prize.

Protesters on Kiev's Independence Square. Photo: Gosc Niedzielny/Jakub Szymczuk. PAP Handout.

Jakub Szymczuk's 'Black Thursday' series takes its name from the bloodiest day (20 February, 2014) in the clashes between state forces and anti-government protesters.

Black Thursday took place just one day before the then president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital.

It is estimated that 100 protesters died in Kiev from 18-23 February, and over a 1000 were injured. 13 members of state forces perished, and an estimate 272 suffered injuries.

Photo: Gosc Niedzielny/Jakub Szymczuk. PAP Handout.

Warsaw-born photographer Szymczuk was covering the events for the Gosc Niedzielny weekly.

The 31-year-old has been working as a photographer for a decade, and he has won several awards to date.

Photo: Gosc Niedzielny/Jakub Szymczuk. PAP Handout.

Celebrated travel writer and journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007), spent many years working for the Polish Press Agency.

Other winners of the award this year were Michal Matys for his article 'Lodz. A Cursed City', in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily. Anna Dudzinska won in the audio category for a report aired on Radio Katowice, while Lukasz Kowalski won in the video category. (nh)

Source: PAP/Gosc Niedzielny

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