Reuters honours conflict photographers

Reuters has announced the winners of its own internal journalism awards for 2008.

Notable among the winners were Goran Tomasevic’s image of a US soldier in action against the Taleban in Afghanistan, named as Photograph of the Year.

Belgrade-born Tomasevic began working for Reuters during the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s the agency says.

Ukrainian Gleb Garanich took the Reuters prize for Photojournalist of the Year, awarded for his series of images from the Russia-Georgia conflict.

And veteran Africa hand Emmanuel Braun was an interesting winner – he was named Video Journalist of the Year but, according to his citation on the Reuters website, he is held in high regard for the strength of his still photography and text reporting as well. Impressive stuff, even if he did have the backing of a large and wealthy organisation.