Yasuyoshi Chiba wins second place in the photo category of the Prix Bayeux

The 29ᵉ edition of the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy War Correspondents' Award has awarded second place in the photo category to AFP'S Yasuyoshi Chiba for his coverage of the entry into Mekele on 28 June 2021 of fighters from the Tigray Defense Force, who then recaptured the capital of this rebel province in northern Ethiopia.

Based in Nairobi, Chiba studied photography and holography in Tokyo. He began his career at the daily Asahi Shimbun, before becoming a freelance photographer after arriving in Kenya in 2007, where he began working for AFP during the country's post-election violence.

In 2011, he was hired by AFP and moved to São Paulo, then to Rio in 2013. He has been photo editor for East Africa and the Indian Ocean, based in Nairobi, since 2016. Chiba won the World Press Photo of the Year in 2020 for his image of a young man illuminated by the light of mobile phones, reciting a poem amid a group of protesters calling for civilian rule in Khartoum.

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