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Winners of PII-ICRC annual awards declared

Best article on a humanitarian subject

Winners of the 13th edition of the PII-ICRC annual awards for best article and best photograph on a humanitarian subject, jointly organised by the Press Institute of India (PII) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) New Delhi Regional Delegation, were announced recently. This year, the awards were given on the theme ‘Impact of Climate Change on Humanitarian Issues’.

Displacement in Bengal

An independent journalist, Urvashi Sarkar, won the first prize for her article, ‘Our houses are vanishing. Nobody cares’, that appeared on the PARI (People’s Archive of Rural India) website. The story tracks climate-related displacement in West Bengal. The second prize was bagged by Disha Shetty, an independent journalist writing for IndiaSpend for her article, ‘Bengali-speaking students in Kannada-medium Bengaluru school reveal journey of climate change refugees from disappearing islands’. Guwahati-based independent journalist Anup Sharma was awarded third prize for his article, ‘Living like Nomads’ in The Pioneer.

Share first prize

In the best photograph category, the first prize was shared by G. Sivaprasad, news photographer, Mathrubhumi, for his picture, ‘Close to the heart’, and Rijo Joseph, chief photographer, Malayala Manorama, for his photograph, ‘Running for life’.

While Rinku Raj, senior photographer, Malayala Manorama, won second place for his photo, ‘Rough sea, tough life’, the third prize was given to Bibin Xavier, photojournalist, Deepika daily, for his picture, ‘It was life’.

Special awards

Special awards were presented in the best article category to Chennai-based independent journalist Jency Samuel for her article, ‘Unpredictable seas push fishers away from home’, and Nikhil Ghanekar, Delhi-based independent journalist, for his piece, ‘When the hills go thirsty’. In the best photograph category, Prashant K, senior photographer, Lokmat, Pune, won the special mention for his picture, ‘Mining the aquifer’.

Underscoring the humanitarian consequences of climate change, Yves Heller, deputy head of the ICRC Regional Delegation, said, “climate change worsens vulnerabilities where countries and communities are often unable to protect themselves and adapt to an ever-changing environment.”

Sashi Nair, director-editor, Press Institute of India, Chennai, stressed the need for editors and journalists to play a catalyst’s role in highlighting issues on a regular basis.

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