By: Jay DeFoore
(Photo District News) Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole has won the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club (OPC) for the second year in a row, adding to her growing list of major awards. In recent weeks, she has won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, Newspaper Photographer of the Year in both POYi and BOP and two World Press Photo awards.
The OPC awards, which honor American publications’ coverage of foreign events, were dominated by war coverage both in the writing and photography categories. Cole won for her images of the wars in Iraq and Liberia.
“Carolyn, for the second year in a row, was in the right place at the right time and showed a great amount of enterprise,” says Time Director of Photography Michele Stephenson, who served as jury coordinator in the photography division. (Last year Cole won for a body of work produced from inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as it became a flashpoint in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.)
The John Farber Award went to Getty Images’ Chris Hondros for “Chaos Enveloping: Liberia’s Deadly Summer.” Magnum’s Alex Majoli, a contract photographer for Newsweek, won the Feature Photography Award for “Wars Without End: The Congo.”
The Olivier Rebbot Award went to both Time’s Yuri Kozyrev for “The Iraq War” and Li Zhensheng and Robert Pledge for the book “Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer’s Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution” (Contact Press Images/Phaidon).
“The book is an amazing accomplishment,” Stephenson says. “What he went though to save the pictures and what they went through to get the pictures and get through them and get them published is quite an undertaking.”