The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2013

2014awards_upclose_hicksAWARD DATE: 2013

AWARD NAME: The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2013

AWARD RECIPIENT: Tyler Hicks

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The New York Times

AWARD HONORED WORK: Attack on a Kenyan Mall

Every frame tells the story of a terrifying and dangerous situation. The photographer is at obvious risk, yet he continues to photograph multiple scenarios and stays on scene to document the horrors and aftermath of the attack.


Sept. 21, 2013. Terrified Saturday-afternoon shoppers rushed from stores and a casino toward the exits. The police feared that escaping attackers had camouflaged themselves among them.

Sept. 21, 2013. People were treated outside and Hicks raced among them. In this case a shopping cart and rolls of toilet paper served as a stretcher.

Sept. 21, 2013. In a hastily abandoned cafe, soldiers and security officers tried to isolate the attackers and herd civilians to safety. They found many bodies in stores.

Sept. 21, 2013. Security forces searched floor by floor for the gunmen. Hicks said the photos could be so honest and true because the subjects “are not focused on you — they’re just doing their jobs.”

Sept. 21, 2013. One woman had hidden in an air vent of a sushi restaurant.

Sept. 21, 2013. Escaping shoppers had to pass shattered windows and bodies.

Sept. 21, 2013. A woman tried to shelter children from gunfire by Somali militants at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in an attack that killed more than 70 people. Tyler Hicks made this photo from a floor above, in an exposed area where the police feared for his safety.

Sept. 21, 2013. Plainclothes officers rushed into the mall and Hicks accompanied them, knowing well that many terrorists remained inside and fearing not only guns but explosives around every corner.

Sept. 21, 2013. A victim lay at the feet of the statue of an elephant that was the mall’s mascot. Hicks managed only a few pictures before being hurried away by the police.

Oct. 21, 2013. At a memorial service a month after the massacre, trees were planted in memory of those who were killed and a memorial garden was dedicated.

Sept. 21, 2013. Victims and witnesses of all colors helped each other outside. Hicks is an experienced combat photographer, but said he had never seen anything like this.

Sept. 27, 2013. Family, friends and colleagues of Ruth Njeri Macharia, 27, at her funeral. She worked at a restaurant called Urban Gourmet Burgers.