The Frontline Club Awards for excellence in journalism were presented at the Frontline Club in London last night. Judged by seasoned journalism practitioners, the Presenter of the Awards, Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow, described the Frontline Club Awards as “given by the best, to the best”.

The winners of the Frontline Club Awards 2012 in four categories are as follows:


The horror in Homs by Mani for Channel 4 News.

The judges described this piece “ a remarkable eye-witness record of the early battle for Homs”. French photographer and filmmaker Mani reported for Channel 4 News on the bombardment of Homs in February this year. ‘Mani‘ is the pseudonym he has used to protect his identity, in the event of his returning to Syria.

Broadcast Special Commendation

Homs: Journey into Hell by Fred Scott and Paul Wood for BBC Panorama.

This is what the judges described as “persistent and daring reporting, achieving a masterly narrative.” They called it a “partnership between two exceptional journalists at the top of their trade.”


18 days with Syrian Rebels by Goran Tomasevic for Reuters.

One judge, Carlotta Gall, described Goran’s work as “so immediate, you really feel you were there” while Jon Lee Anderson called it “unparalleled combat photography”.


This piece was described as “incredibly powerful”, “Ghaith consistently takes us to the very edge, in a way that nobody else does.”

2012 Frontline Club Tribute Award

The Frontline Club Tribute Award was posthumously awarded to Marie Colvin.
Previously called the Frontline Memorial Tribute, this Award aims to recognise lifetime achievement.
The judges described Marie as “truly an inspiration to us all through her dedication and compassion. She was braver than the boys and larger than life.”

Marie was killed in Syria in February of this year while reporting from Homs for The Sunday Times.

This year’s judges were: The New Yorker‘s Jon Lee Anderson, VII photojournalists Gary Knight and Seamus Murphy, Jeremy Bowen and Allan Little from the BBC, Carlotta Gall from The New York Times, Patrick Cockburn of The Independent and Frontline Club Founder Vaughan Smith. The awards aim to recognise journalistic integrity, courage and independence of spirit, regardless of nationality or media discipline and include the work of freelances.

The Frontline Club is grateful to its generous sponsors Vodafone, Canon and Chivas Regal for supporting the Frontline Club Awards.