Laurent Van der Stockt of France wins coveted award for his stunning body of work documenting alleged use of chemical weaponry in Syria
PERPIGNAN, FRANCE – Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist Laurent Van der Stockt won the prestigious Visa d’Or News award September 7 at the 25th anniversary of Visa Pour l’Image, the international festival of photojournalism held annually in Perpignan, France. Laurent received the award for his stunning reportage of the alleged use of chemical weapons by military forces in Syria.
The French photojournalist shot the award-winning project outside Damascus over a period of three months, from March to June of this year. The project is one of Van der Stockt’s many reportage projects in areas of conflict, including work in Libya, Egypt and Chechnya.
“We are thrilled and incredibly proud that a Reportage by Getty Images photojournalist has been selected for this prestigious honor. The Visa d’Or award is a reflection of Laurent Van der Stockt’s passion and talent, captured in his striking coverage of the Syrian conflict. Laurent winning the Visa d’Or here at the 25th anniversary of the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival makes it even more special for all of us at Getty Images,” Getty Images Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said. “I had the pleasure of spending time with Laurent in Perpignan last week and have the utmost regard for his dedication and his work. Getty Images is committed to photojournalism and to bringing global attention to some of the most important and complex issues of our time – and we offer heartfelt congratulations to our colleague Laurent Van der Stockt.”
A jury of 40 picture editors and journalists, representing some of the world’s leading media outlets, including The Sunday Times, The New York Times and National Geographic presented the shortlist of four nominees in each category and a second jury in Perpignan voted for the final winner.
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