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PII-ICRC Awards – winners announced

The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi, announced the winners of this year’s PII-ICRC Annual Awards for Best Article and Best Photograph at an event held at the India International Centre on Friday, November 25. The theme of the 16th edition of the awards was ‘Covering Climate Change: Humanitarian Crisis in Focus’. Pictures from the event…

The top three prizes in the Best Article category – won by Aishwarya Mohanty, Parth M.N. and Mridula Chari. Apart from the first three prizes, three journalists were awarded Special Mention prizes – Sibi Arasu, freelance journalist; AK Sreejith, Staff Correspondent, Mathrubhumi Daily; and Ishan Kukreti, freelance journalist. They were not present at the function.

The top three winners in the Best Photograph category – won by Deepu B.P., B. Muralikrishnan and Prashant Kharote. Apart from the first three prizes, three Special Mention prizes were awarded – to Sathiyaseelan, Photojournalist, Dinamalar; E.V. Ragesh, Chief News Photographer, Mathrubhumi; and Vishnu Nair, Senior Photographer, Malayala Manorama. They were not present at the function.

Pictures show: Deepali from ICRC welcoming the audience and introducing those on the dais – (l-r) Sashi Nair, director, PII, and jury members Dinesh Sharma, Usha Rai and Naga Mallika Gudipathy; Special Guest R. Prasannan, Resident Editor, The Week, speaking;  Nair moderating the discussion that dwelt on the theme for this year’s awards: ‘Covering Climate Change: Humanitarian Crisis in Focus’ – jury members Dinesh Sharma, Usha Rai and Naga Mallika Gudipaty are seen (l-r); Kedir Awol Omar speaking; Usha Rai fielding questions posed by the moderator; Naga Mallika speaking; a prize-winner; Parth M.N. with his certificate and trophy; Mridual Chari receiving her trophy and certificate; Aishwarya Mohanty, first prize-winner, receiving the award from Kedir Awol Omar; Aishwarya dwelling on how she went about doing her story; a section of the audience; the award winners (standing from left: Prashant, Aishwarya, Mridula, Parth, Muralikrishnan and Deepu) pictured with the heads of ICRC and PII, and the jury members; B. Muralikrishnan with his certificate and trophy; Deepu B.P. receiving his award from Prasannan; Deepu speaking about what motivates him to take such pictures; and Prashant Kharote receiving the award.

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