Two Ukrainians and a film about Mariupol became winners of one of the most prestigious media awards in the world
Two Ukrainians became winners of one of the most prestigious media awards in the world – the British Royal Television Society 2023. Both laureates worked in Mariupol as part of The Associated Press team at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. The jury also awarded a documentary about Mariupol. This is reported on the official website of the award. In the category “Operator of the Year” of the Royal Television Society 2023, the award went to Ukrainian video journalist, writer, correspondent of The Associated Press Mstislav Chernov. In the “Young Talent of the Year” nomination, the award was given to producer, journalist Vasylisa Stepanenko. In addition, the film “20 days in Mariupol”, created from Chernov’s video footage taken from the city surrounded by the Russians, was awarded in two nominations – “Coverage of international news” and “Exclusive of the year”. “Mstislav Chernov received this year’s award for covering events in Mariupol during the siege of the city by Russian troops in February-March 2023 as part of The Associated Press team. In addition to Stepanenko and Chernov, the team also included photographer Yevhen Maloletka. The three of them covered the siege of Mariupol until 15 in March, when they left the city through the humanitarian corridor. They were the last journalists in Mariupol,” the press service explained. Vasylisa Stepanenko was shortlisted for the award for the first time and immediately won – the jury noted her reports from Izyum and the investigation of the events in Mariupol, where she made her debut as a cameraman. “Several judges were in tears watching Vasilisa’s performance,” the organizers of the award noted. “She demonstrated amazing courage and incredible tenacity. Everything we know about the terrible events in Mariupol began with her work, she was only 22 years old at the time. Amazing young journalist”. Read also: “Whale”, “White Lotus” and others. The winners of the Screen Actors Guild SAG Awards 2023 have been announced. Mstislav Chernov could not make it to the award ceremony, because he is currently near Bakhmut, so he instructed AP Vice President Derle McCrudden to read his speech. “Nine years ago, I stood on this stage and received the Young Talent of the Year award. It was one of the happiest moments of my life, but I have to be honest, I also felt terrible. Also at that time, Russian troops were bombing and tried to capture the town of Debaltseve in Ukraine. I blamed myself for not being there and filming it. Today, the same Russian forces are bombing and trying to capture the town of Bakhmut, just 50 kilometers from Debaltseve. Nine years have passed, nine years of struggle, and it seems that nothing has changed. However, thanks to the work of international and Ukrainian journalists, the world is finally seeing the truth, the real, terrible face and scale of the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Chernov asked to recount. The film about Mariupol received awards from a prestigious festival. Photo: press service The documentary film “20 days in Mariupol” was created together with the Frontline team – the longest documentary film program in the history of the USA, which is broadcast on the PBS channel (USA). They used Chernov’s footage, which was managed to be taken away – while he was in Mariupol, he filmed the destruction of the city by the Russians, shelling of residential buildings, the work of doctors, numerous victims among civilians, and mass burials of the dead. Among other things, he was the first to make a video of Maternity Hospital No. 3 bombed by the Russians. The tape was shown on the big screen for the first time and received the Audience Award in the “World Documentary” category at the American independent film festival “Sundance”. The European premiere of the film will take place in March 2023 at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH: DOX. About the director Mstislav Chernov is a Ukrainian videographer, photographer, writer, artist and international journalist of the American news agency The Associated Press. Author of the novel “Times of Dreams” and art installations in public space. He began his international career as a journalist during the protests in Taksim Square in Istanbul. He worked as a cameraman during military and socio-political conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, the Gaza Strip, France, Hong Kong and Ukraine. He was wounded in 2014 on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv during the Revolution of Dignity. Covers the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine from day one. Works with the topics of military, social conflicts, medicine, migration and global climate crisis. His photos were published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Le Monde, Die Zeit, BBC, Forbes, Vice news, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail, Deutsche Welle, Pulitzer Center, Cosmos photo agency, Business Insider, Forbes Ukraine. Videos appeared on BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, EuroNews, Sky News, Fox News Channel, Rai News 24 and others. Lives in Germany. Cooperates with The Associated Press on an ongoing basis. Three-time winner and four-time Royal Television Society Award finalist, Rory Peck Awards finalist, Livingston Awards, APME winner, Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award, Georgy Gongadze Award, Knight International Journalism Awards, Biagio Agnes Award, Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award, Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, Free Media Awards, CJFE International Press Freedom Award, was included in the ratings “People of HB 2022 in the year of war” and “14 songs, photos and art objects that became symbols of Ukrainian resistance” by Forbes Ukraine. Three-time winner of the “Photographer of the Year 2014” competition (Ukraine) in the “Reportage” and “Documentary photography” categories. About the award The RTS Award is the gold standard of achievement for the journalism community. It was founded by the Royal Television Society of the same name – the oldest television society in the world, established in Great Britain in 1927. It received the status of “Royal” in 1966. The Prince of Wales became the patron of the organization in 1997.
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