VII Emeritus Member Maggie Steber was nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Maggie and fellow photographer Lynn Johnson’s work for National Geographic was nominated “for a compelling, dignified photo narrative that provides an intimate look at the youngest face transplant recipient in the U.S.”
Seamus Murphy’s short film, which was made for Channel 4 news, takes a look at those struggling to put food on the table in Yorkshire, England.
Gary Knight, the Director and a founding member of VII Photo Agency, will be president of the jury this year at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award in October.
“It is a great privilege to be invited to Chair the jury of the Bayeux Award for war correspondents this year and to honor the men and women who file dispatches and images from fields of conflict. It is especially poignant to do this at a time when our media are increasingly under attack by politicians and governments – even in countries where a free press is enshrined in the constitution. War reporting is a vital and essential function of journalism. It is critical to civil society, to our sense of justice and accountability and to basic human rights.
As the late Marie Colvin said in 2010, two years before she was killed in Homs: “The public have a right to know what our government, and our armed forces, are doing in our name. Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”
The Overseas Press Club of America has announced their annual award winners, including VII Emeritus Member Maggie Steber.
Maggie, a 1988 OPC Award winner, who has worked in 64 countries during her career focusing on humanitarian, cultural and social stories, has received the OPC President’s Award.
“Maggie Steber’s body of work shows that dedication to the pursuit of stories and journalistic ideals is worthwhile and noble and has a profound impact on the audience and the subjects of the work,” said Pancho Bernasconi, president, Overseas Press Club of America.
The OPC Awards will be live-streamed on April 18, 2019. Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron will deliver the keynote address and the evening’s emcee will be NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.