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2 Palestinian photojournalists win awards at prestigious competition

Feb. 15, 2019 11:45 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2019 10:00 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian photojournalists based in the besieged Gaza Strip won awards at the 76th Pictures of the Year International (POYI) of the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, United States, one of the most prestigious schools of journalism worldwide.

Muhammad Salem Jadallah, who works for Reuters, said that his picture of brothers of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza border on June 18th 2018, who were weeping their dead brother at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, won the Award of Excellence for the "Picture Story" category.

Muhammad Asad, a freelance photojournalist, also won the Award of Excellence for his picture of Faris Sirsawi, 12, as he holds on to a stretcher while paramedics were trying to evacuate him after he was shot in the chest by Israeli forces. Sirsawi succumbed to his injuries shortly afterwards.

POYI was first established in 1944, making it the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world.

POYI promotes the work of documentary photographers, photojournalism, visual editing, and freelance photojournalists.

Every year over 52,000 works are submitted to POYI by photojournalists from about 71 countries and throughout three weeks of judging, a panel of 17 visual journalists choose 240 winners.

The category topics include news, sports and portraits.

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