On April 24th and 25th, NOOR attended the 57th World Press Photo Awards Days, an annual celebration of documentary photography and (more recently) multimedia in photojournalism and visual storytelling.
During the Awards Days, which took place at Het Compagnie Theater in Amsterdam, Andrea gave a moving presentation of her work. She began with a heartfelt commemoration of fellow photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. With her characteristic sensitivity and care, she then took the audience through a series of her images from Damascus, describing life under the Syrian regime.
According to Andrea, many people in Damascus are in fact “grey people,” or politically neutral, whose lives have been drastically impacted regardless of undefined political affiliation. Internally displaced Syrians who flee to Damascus live in secrecy and extremely cramped conditions, waiting to return to their normal lives.
The World Press Photo Awards Ceremony took place at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, where winners received their awards from Michiel Munneke, managing director of World Press Photo; Gary Knight, founder of VII and this year’s chair for the Photo Awards; and Jassim Ahmad, global head of multimedia innovation of Reuters and this year’s chair for the Multimedia Awards.
This is Andrea’s first World Press Photo Award and we are extremely proud of her. Congratulations, Andrea!
Awards Days images by Jen Tse and Harvey Williams-Fairley.