Bayeux-Calvados awards honour war correspondents

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War correspondents from French periodicals, US public television and London's Sunday Times were honoured on Saturday with the annual Bayeux-Calvados prizes, the organisers announced.

Christophe Boltanski of the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur won in the print category for his reporting from the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Veronique De Viguerie of Paris Match/Getty Images took home the photo award for her work on the conflict in an oil-rich region of Nigeria.

Danfung Dennis of the US public broadcaster PBS won in the television category for his report on Afghanistan called "Obama's War". The top prize in radio went to Florence Lozach of Europe 1, also reporting from Afghanistan.

The situation in that war-torn central Asian country was the subject of another award-wining report from Miles Amoore of The Sunday Times, who won in the young reporter category for his submission entitled: "Blood brothers scarred by war".

The winner of a new category -- grand-format television for reports of up to 26 minutes -- was Gilles Jacquier of France 2 television for a story on a school in Afghanistan.

Melanie Bois of Elle magazine also took home an award in the written press category for her dispatch from Pakistan.

The prizes were created in 1994 in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Allied landing in France during World War II. The town of Bayeux, located in Normandy near the beaches where the D-Day invasion took place, created the awards.

© 2010 AFP

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