04 The Olivier Rebbot Award 2014

AWARD DATE: 2014

AWARD NAME: The Olivier Rebbot Award 2014

AWARD RECIPIENT: Jérôme Sessini

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: Magnum Photos, TIME and De Standaard

AWARD HONORED WORK: Crime Without Punishment

Jérôme Sessini’s photographs of the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over eastern Ukraine last year captured imagery that is profoundly elegiac. There is a quiet strength that propels the narrative and shows the horrors in a manner that doesn’t make the viewer turn away from what is a difficult scene to process.


The remains of a passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot over eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

The wreckage of the Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

A firefighter and an armed man look at the remains and the corpses of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

Luggage at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner reportedly carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

The corpse of a passenger aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine, Torez, Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

Miners and rescue workers take part in the search for human remains at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Rasipnoye, Ukraine, July 18, 2014.

Locals at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 carrying 298 passengers that was shot down near the village of Grabovo, eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

A bare patch in wheat field marks where a victim of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 fell after the passenger plane was shot down in Torez, Ukraine, July 18, 2014.

Firefighters at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Torez, eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

The body of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that fell through the roof of a home near the crash site in Rasipnoye, Ukraine, July 18, 2014.

Igor Tiponov, 26, in the home where the corpse of a passenger aboard the fallen Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 fell through the bedroom roof in Rasipnoye, Ukraine, July 18, 2014.

A young victim of the Malaysia Airlines crash is covered with plastic, July 18, 2014.