03 The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

Best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise

AWARD DATE: 2017

AWARD NAME: 03 The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

AWARD RECIPIENT: Carol Guzy

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: Zuma Press

AWARD HONORED WORK: “Scars of Mosul, the Legacy of ISIS”

AWARD SPONSOR: Getty Images

Guzy’s entry offered an intimate and unconventional perspective of a civilian population ravaged by war. Carol trained her camera on the most vulnerable inhabitants of Mosul’s civilian population amid the Iraqi Army’s fierce battle to tear the city from the grasp of the Islamic State. She stepped outside the bounds of covering a hostile story and offered an intimate, sensitive and haunting coverage of the innocents we often do not see reflected in images from amid the gore of wartime.

 


Civilians, many injured and weak, walk past the ancient Great Mosque of al-Nuri, destroyed by ISIS, as they flee battle with ISIS in West Mosul, Iraq amid devastation of the Old City on July 7, 2017. Global Response Management and other medical teams provide triage and transport at a Trauma Stabilization point nearby for civilians and soldiers injured during the raging conflict. Photo: Carol Guzy

A woman screams as she escapes the fierce battle with ISIS in the Old City of West Mosul, Iraq on July 2, 2017 as the sky is continuously filled with smoke from airstrikes, suicide bombs, mortars and grenade attacks. Civilians flee when possible after being trapped or held as human shields after living under years of ISIS doctrine. Photo: Carol Guzy

Iraqi Army soldiers use a mirror to look for ISIS fighters, keeping low from sniper fire at the front line in West Mosul, Iraq on July 8, 2017. They said they had just killed an ISIS fighter holding a grenade. The fierce battle continued in the Old City with dangers from suicide bombers, grenades, snipers and airstrikes making the urban warfare perilous. Photo: Carol Guzy

Civilians, many wounded, terrified and weak, rest in a bulldozer as they arrive at a medical Trauma Stabilization Point near the Old City while fleeing the fierce battle with ISIS in West Mosul, Iraq on July 7, 2017. Those not severely injured continue walking after being checked for suicide bombs and are then transported to IDP camps. Photo: Carol Guzy

A refugee with deep severe wounds receives medical care by Global Response Management at a Trauma Stabilization Point in West Mosul, Iraq on July 2, 2017. Civilians flee as the fierce battle with ISIS continues in West Mosul. Many receive emergency care then are transported to hospitals or IDP camps. Photo: Carol Guzy

Teams provide emergency medical care at a stabilization point near the Old City. Civilians, many injured and weak flee the continued battle with ISIS in West Mosul on July 2, 2017 amid ruins of the city. Anything available served as makeshift stretchers for the large numbers of wounded on their journey. Photo: Carol Guzy

Graffiti on walls, voice opinions of ISIS as a wounded child is rushed to a waiting ambulance for transport to the general hospital on July 2, 2017. Team members from Global Response Management provide emergency medical care at a Trauma Stabilization Point near the Old City. Eventually tiny ISIS orphans arrived after being pulled from the rubble of the suicide bombs of their parents, foreign fighters for ISIS. Saved by Iraqi soldiers, some knew the meaning of Shahid – dying as a martyr. A girl named Khadija called out for her mother, not realizing the burns she sustained were from the explosion of her own bomb. One boy was found eating raw meat. Many civilians, soldiers and war orphans in dire condition were treated during the fierce battle with ISIS in West Mosul. Photo: Carol Guzy

Tragic grace, the bloody hands of an injured boy lie on a stretcher in West Mosul, Iraq on July 6, 2017. Global Response Management team members provide emergency care. Civilians, many wounded and weak arrive at a medical Trauma Stabilization Point near the Old City as they flee the fierce battle with ISIS amid ruins of the city. Photo: Carol Guzy

A severely wounded Iraqi Army soldier with a look of mortal fear is given emergency medical care at a Trauma Stabilization Point near the front line with Global Response Management team amid ruins of the Old City on July 13, 2017. He later died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Injuries from suicide bombers, grenades and snipers continue as ISIS fighters use tunnels to wage the fierce conflict. Photo: Carol Guzy

Mohammed Abd Hamad, 20 and two others surrendered after being surrounded by ISOF Special Forces who believe they are ISIS fighters in West Mosul, Iraq on July 9, 2017. They are held captive at a base near the front line.  Their ultimate fate unknown. Photo: Carol Guzy

A little girl holds her head in her hands amid ruins of the Old City in West Mosul, Iraq on July 6, 2017. Most who survived now face an uncertain future, forgotten in the limbo of IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. The scars of emotional trauma are even more difficult to heal than the physical wounds. Their lives are shattered, they lost loved ones and all personal belongings, while surviving day to day, in non-stop terror, between suicide bombs and repressive ISIS doctrine for three long years. The war in Mosul is over, but it left a society in ruins and a continuing humanitarian crisis for these victims facing an uncertain future. Photo: Carol Guzy

An injured civilian girl, bruised and bloodied, arrives at a medical Trauma Stabilization Point in West Mosul, Iraq amid ruins of the Old City on July 6, 2017. Photo: Carol Guzy

 

Citation Recipients: Ivor Prickett
Affiliation: The New York Times
Honored Work: “What ISIS Left Behind”

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