The Olivier Rebbot Award 2006

The judges all agreed that Sakamaki’s comprehensive visual report of the civil war in Sri Lanka, which includes work with both Tamil and Sri Lankan fighters as well as powerfully cathartic images of civilian casualties and refugees, told the most poignant story in the competition.

By defining the brutal contours of the conflict, Sakamaki has evoked the emotional and deadly trauma of a savage civil war that has raged for nearly 25 years and has all but been forgotten by the outside world.