2010 Czech Press Photo announces awards

The 2010 Czech Press Photo award for photojournalism has gone to Martin Bandžák, a freelance photographer from Slovakia, for a portrait of a girl seriously injured after January’s earthquake in Haiti. The international jury cited Bandžák’s photograph for the strength of its simplicity and said it was powerfully impressive at first sight. Pictures from Haiti also won the Reporting category, in which first place was taken by Jarmila Kovaříková for a survey of life in the country following the catastrophe. The overall winner receives a monetary award of CZK 120,000 and the Crystal Eye trophy. Nearly 300 photographers with permanent residence in the Czech and Slovak Republics were entered in this year’s 16th competition. The awards ceremony will take place on November 18.