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AFP wins four World Press Photo prizes

Four AFP photojournalists have won prizes in the 2016 World Press Photo awards.

Sameer Al-Doumy won first prize in the “Spot News Stories” category for a series of images on the aftermath of Syrian government air strikes against rebel forces in Douma and Hamouria.
Al-Doumy is a freelance photographer who lives in the Damascus suburb of Douma. He began working as a video journalist for local media at the start of the Syrian revolt in 2011 and has freelanced for AFP since 2014.  

Roberto Schmidt received second prize in the “Spot News Stories” category for his coverage of an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by an earthquake in Nepal in April 2015.
Schmidt, a Colombian photographer born in 1966, joined AFP’s Miami bureau in 1989.
He was photo chief for East Africa and the Indian Ocean based in Nairobi and then head of photo for South Asia based in New Delhi.
In 2014 he received an honourable mention in the “Feature” category of the National Press Photographers Association “Best of Photojournalism” awards for his image of Barack Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning Schmidt taking a selfie during the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in 2014.
He won an honourable mention in the “Sports Singles” category of the World Press Photo prize in 2003 for a shot of the footballer Ronaldinho during the 2002 World Cup.

Bülent Kiliç received third prize in the “Spot News Stories” category for his images of Syrian refugees clambering through a gap in a barbed wire fence at the Akçakale border post in Turkey in June 2015.
Bülent Kiliç, a Turkish photographer born in 1979, began his career in the local press and joined AFP in 2005. He is photo chief for Turkey and has carried out foreign reporting missions in Ukraine and Syria. He won the Visa d’Or at the 2015 Visa Pour l’Image photo festival in Perpignan, France for his coverage of the refugees at the border crossing. He received first and third prizes in the “Spot News Singles” category of the World Press Photo awards last year for his coverage of Turkey and Syria.

Abd Doumany received second prize in the “General News Stories” category for his images of child casualties of Syrian government air raids in the rebel-held town of Douma.
Doumany, a 25-year-old freelancer, was born in Damascus and lives in the city’s suburbs. He has covered the Syrian uprising since the start, having begun his career as a photographer in 2013.  He has been working for AFP since 2014.
Doumany’s coverage of the Syrian conflict earned him the Silver Prize at the 2015 CHIPP (China International Press Photo Contest) in the “War and Disaster” category.