Two AFP photographers awarded at the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021
Two AFP photographers have been awarded at the AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021 edition.
- Andrej Isakovic has won the 1st prize in the Photography Sport Action category for his picture below untitled The Halo Effect.
- Loïc Venance has won the 3rd prize in the Portfolio category for his series of pictures Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
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Andrej Isaković is a Serbian photographer based in Belgrade who started his professional photographic career in 1996. He worked as a photojournalist in many Serbian daily newspapers and magazines and also was a freelancer for AP. Between 2004 and 2013 Andrej worked as a staff photographer, photo editor, and chief photographer at Ringier Axel Springer publishing company in Serbia and also covered many regional events for AFP. Andrej was appointed in 2014 as regional Staff Photographer for the Agence France-Presse based in Belgrade, Serbia.
Besides covering daily news from the Western Balkans, for the last seven years, he has covered many major international sporting events. Covering the Formula 1 races around Europe and the Middle East has become one of his specialties, as the Olympic Games and other international athletics tournaments became new photographic challenges.
Loïc Venance holds a Master's degree in Information Science and a Photography degree from the École des Gobelins. He joined the AFP’s Photography Department in 2001 as an editor and then as a photographer. He was appointed in 2016 as Regional Director in Rennes and then Nantes, where he covered the daily news, in particular the protests regarding the labor law, Notre-Dame-des-Landes, as well as the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement. He also covers sports news, including the French soccer League 1 and offshore sailing races. Over the last 20 years he has also covered many international events including the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Pyeong Chang, Sochi, London and Beijing, Formula 1 Grand Prix, the UEFA European Championship, and many editions of the Cannes Film Festival.