Shortlist 2017


Louisa Loveluck – ‘The hospitals were slaughterhouses: A journey into Syria’s secret torture wards”, The Washington Post

Louisa Loveluck is a Beirut-based Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post covering Syria and the wider region. She previously worked as The Daily Telegraph’s Cairo correspondent, reporting on the fallout from the 2011 Egyptian uprising and the state-led crackdown that followed.


Jessica Hatcher-Moore – ‘Murder in Burundi’, The Guardian

Jessica Hatcher-Moore is a freelance writer based in North Wales who focuses on long-form feature articles and biographical stories. Before moving back to the UK, she lived in East Africa where she focused on under-reported issues surrounding conflict and human rights. She has extensively covered the ongoing crisis in Burundi, was in Bujumbura during the failed coup of May 2015, and subsequently witnessed the rapid decline in press-freedom. Since leaving the region, Jessica has continued to mentor Burundian journalists who continue to work in an oppressive and deadly environment.


Kareem Shaheen – ”The dead were wherever you looked’: inside Syrian town after gas attack’, The Guardian

Kareem Shaheen is a foreign correspondent for the Guardian covering Turkey and the Middle East. He is currently based in Istanbul, and before that in Beirut. His work is focused on chronicling the war in Syria and political developments in Turkey, including the ongoing crackdown on civil liberties and media in the country, the fallout from last year’s coup attempt, and Ankara’s deteriorating situation with the West. He has also written extensively on the Syrian refugee crisis, the spillover of the war into Lebanon, and labor and sex trafficking in the country.

Special Mention:

Emmanuel Freudenthal, – ‘Who pays the hidden price for Congo’s conflict-free minerals?’, IRIN News

Emmanuel Freudenthal is a freelance investigative journalist shedding light on the dark corners of African economies. For the past decade, he has undertaken investigations across the continent, first for non-profits and now as a journalist, focusing on the illegal exploitation of natural resources, corruption and their impact on people. I’m now based in Nairobi and looking to explore a wider range of stories.




Patrick Wells, Ramita Navai and Mais Al-Bayaa – ‘Isis and The Battle for Iraq’, Channel 4 / WGBH Frontline

Patrick Wells is a producer/director working mostly shooting and reporting in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Europe. He makes observational and investigative documentaries for clients including  Channel 4, The BBC, PBS and AJE. In Ukraine, he was the first journalist to negotiate access to fighters on both sides of the frontline in the same area and he has also worked undercover in China and Venezuela, investigating ‘gay cure’ clinics and shortages of basic medication in children’s hospitals. In Yemen, Patrick was the first foreign journalist to film inside the port of Hodeidah, where food infrastructure had been bombed by the Saudi-led coalition, increasing levels of hunger across the country. His work has been nominated for the Foreign Press Association Awards, the Association for International Broadcasting Awards and the Rory Peck Awards.

Ramita Navai is an award-winning print and TV foreign affairs journalist. She has produced and reported documentaries for Channel 4’s Unreported World, Dispatches and Frontline PBS, as well as features for Channel 4 News. She is the former Tehran correspondent for The Times. Her first book City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran won Debut Political Book of the Year and was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Prize for non-fiction. She is contributing author to Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East.

Mais Al-Bayaa is an Iraqi British freelance producer and journalist. She freelances for the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Channel 4 and PBS. She covered the Middle East since the Iraq invasion in 2003 and operated in Iraq, Syrian borders, Yemen and other countries in the Middle East and she produced documentaries for Unreported World, Dispatches and Frontline.



Joshua Baker and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad – ‘Battle for Mosul’, The Guardian/ PBS FRONTLINE

Joshua Baker is a self-shooting freelance filmmaker and journalist. He prides himself on creating visually compelling stories that make difficult topics accessible. He Just completed Africa’s Billion Pound Migrant Trail for BBC 1 and is currently working on another film from Iraq. He began in print on The Times foreign desk before moving to broadcast. Since then he has worked extensively in the Middle East, Africa and at home in the UK on stories that require difficult access to be secured.

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is an Iraqi journalist who began working after the U.S. invasion and has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post and is now Guardian’s special correspondent. He haas covered conflicts throughout the middle East for both broadcast and print and has also reported from Somalia and Sudan. Today he is based in Istanbul and works throughout the region.

Nawal al-Maghafi – ‘Starving Yemen’, BBC

Nawal Al-Maghafi is a BBC Correspondent with a focus on the Middle East. She is one of the few journalists that has reported extensively from Yemen. She has followed the deteriorating humanitarian situation closely and travelled throughout the country crossing frontlines from areas under Houthi rebel control to government control. Her investigations have provided key evidence in the case against weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by the US and UK.



Daniel Berehulak -‘They are slaughtering us like animals’, The New York Times

Daniel Berehulak is an award-winning independent photojournalist based in Mexico City, Mexico. His work has been recognized with two Pulitzer prizes. In 2015, for Feature Photography for his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and in 2017 for Breaking News Photography for his coverage of the so-called war on drugs in the Philippines, both for The New York Times. In 2011, he was also a Pulitzer finalist for his coverage of the 2010 floods in Pakistan. These are some of several honors his photography has earned including six World Press Photo awards, two Photographer Of The Year awards from Pictures of the Year International and the prestigious John Faber, Olivier Rebbot and Feature Photography awards from the Overseas Press Club amongst others. He is a regular contributor for The New York Times.