Iraq photo wins prestigious prize

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12 January 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Reuters news agency photographer Jerry Lampen was awarded the Zilveren Camera 2003, the award for the best photograph of last year, in Haarlem on Monday.

12 January 2004

AMSTERDAM — Reuters news agency photographer Jerry Lampen was awarded  the Zilveren Camera 2003, the award for the best photograph of last year, in Haarlem on Monday.

For the second year running, Lampen was also named Photojournalist of the Year, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported.

Lampen, 42, won the Zilveren Camera 2003 for a photo taken at Basra in Iraq. It depicts Iraqi civilians feeling the southern section of the city as black smoke rises in the background. In the foreground is a young woman and child.

Lampen's winning photograph

The photo was praised for making the war in Iraq palpable and physical. It is also praised for being dynamic and possessing a strong, attractive power.

Meanwhile, SBS television crime journalist Peter R de Vries, 47, has been named Broadcaster of 2003 for his role in "Mabelgate", in which Prince Johan Friso has opted to rescind his rights to the Dutch throne in favour of marrying fiancée Mabel Wisse Smit.

De Vries tracked down a former bodyguard of mafia boss Klaas Bruinsma last year and the subsequent statement from Charlie da Silva forced Mabel to admit she had lied about the full extent of her past relationship with the drugs baron, who was shot and killed in Amsterdam in 1991.

Her lies resulted in Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende deciding against requesting Parliament approval for the marriage. Such approval was necessary for Prince Friso to retain his succession rights after the planned April 2004 wedding.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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