[MGSA-L] Greek-Canadian journalist wins UK award for migrant coverage

June Samaras june.samaras at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 19:08:48 PST 2016

COMMUNITY 08.12.2016 : 16:12
Greek-Canadian journalist wins UK award for migrant coverage


AFPTV correspondent Will Vassilopoulos on Wednesday won an award for his
coverage of the migrant crisis in his native Greece, from Britain's Rory
Peck Trust which supports freelancers globally.

Greek-Canadian Vassilopoulos was awarded the Rory Peck Award for news for
his footage of migrants and refugees arriving in Greece after crossing the
Aegean Sea from Turkey.

Filming between October 2015 and March this year, he followed the new
arrivals' journey from the island of Lesvos to the makeshift Idomeni camp
on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Vassilopoulos's footage there covers demonstrations by those at the border
and an attempt by hundreds of migrants to cross a river to reach FYROM.

Collecting the award at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank,
Vassilopoulos said it had been “very challenging” covering the crisis.

“There is an emotional toll for all of us in the field. It hurts you really
hard when it happen at home,” he said.

“My intentions were always to film with utmost respect for migrants, and to
film them with dignity.”

Judges said Vassilopoulos's work stood out for his long sequences and his
eye for detail.

“It brought the humanity of it home so much. It's difficult to do something
exceptional when everyone is shooting it, however tragic and important the
story is, and Will really managed that,” the judges said on the Rory Peck
Awards website.

The Rory Peck Awards were launched in 1995 by the Trust, set up in memory
of freelance journalist Rory Peck who was killed in Moscow in 1993. The
awards recognize the best freelance news cameramen and camerawomen around
the world.


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