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NZARA, SOUTH SUDAN: Michael Oryem, 29, is a recently defected Lord's Resistance Army fighter who's former L.R.A group is involved in the poaching of Ivory in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Garamba is a former base of operations for the LRA and a major source of financing for the notorious group. Oryem is seen with 2 of 6 ivory tusks that he hid and then led the Ugandan forces to inside the border region of the Central African Republic. He claims that the LRA killed many elephants in Garamba National Park in the DRC and that he was ordered by Joseph Kony, the LRA's notorious leader, to bring the ivory to him in Darfur, South Sudan. Ivory is now a real means of financing for the LRA, it is used for both food and weapons supplies and is traded to the Sudanese Army who transports it north to Khartoum. Oryem was abducted by the group when he was 9 and lived with them for over 17 years in the wild. He was made a commander in the group at the age of 12. The LRA is infamous for the killing and abduction of thousands of civilians across multiple countries. He defected and is now a recent new member of the Ugandan Army, UPDF, African Union force hunting the LRA.

Getty Images’ photojournalists recognised with multiple awards at World Press Photo

February 18, 2016 • Photojournalism

Wide array of awards across multiple categories testament to Getty Images’ extraordinary and diverse roster of photography talent

London, UK – 18 February, 2016:  Getty Images has been honoured at World Press Photo, the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest, with four individual awards, testament to the company’s extraordinary and diverse roster of photojournalistic talent. The 2016 winners include:

 

Getty Images news photographer, Kevin Frayer, takes first and second place in the Daily Life category for his work documenting local life in China illustrating the country’s dependence on coal, and the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly of Tibetan Buddhists in the Larung Valley.

– Brent Stirton was awarded second prize stories in the Nature category for the latest chapter in his ongoing body of work exploring the illegal ivory trade, commissioned by National Geographic magazine.

-Daniel Berehulak was awarded for two bodies of work, both shot on assignment for the New York Times. He documented the rush for control of Antarctica’s natural resources, available as a feature currently via Getty Images Reportage, which was awarded 1st prize story in the Daily Life category. Additionally, his coverage of the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake was awarded 3rd prize story in the General News category.

– Sara Naomi Lewkowicz of Getty Images Reportage receives third prize in the Contemporary Issues category for her story exploring a female couple pregnant through artificial insemination.

 

The 2016 contest saw over 82,000 entries submitted by almost 6000 photographers from 128 countries worldwide.

 

Aidan Sullivan, Vice President, Getty Images says: “All of us at Getty Images are incredibly proud of our colleagues and friends selected for World Press Photo honours. Imagery is the language of our time and in this increasingly visual age, photojournalism is more powerful and more important than ever before. Getty Images has never been more committed to ensuring that important stories are told and we are thrilled this has been recognised by the World Press Photo jury.”

 

In the nine years alone, Getty Images’ photographers have been recognised with more than 35 awards at World Press Photo. This includes Spencer Platt’s image of a group of young Lebanese driving through a Beirut neighbourhood, after an Israeli bombing, which received World Press Photo of the Year in 2006.

 

To view the winners of World Press Photo 2016, visit www.worldpressphoto.org

 

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About Getty Images:

Getty Images is the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, with almost 200 million assets available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in almost 200 countries and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

 

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends. Find Getty Images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Tumblr, or download the Getty Images app where you can explore, save and share the world’s best imagery.

 

 

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