The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2009

Khalil Hamra

Khalil Hamra

AWARD DATE: 2009

AWARD NAME: The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2009

AWARD RECIPIENT: Khalil Hamra

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: Associated Press

AWARD HONORED WORK: “War in Gaza”

Khalil Hamra’s pictures of the Israeli military incursion into Gaza showed exceptional courage and enterprise by a committed local photographer during a sustained and dangerous conflict. His images are close up, powerful and direct and taken at considerable risk due to the nature of the conflict which had combatants mingling amongst the civilian population. Hamra’s personal circumstances are equally compelling: he covered the conflict in spite of concerns about the welfare of his wife, then pregnant with twins.


Hamra risked injury or death to photograph the aerial bombardment and chaotic battles between the Israeli army and Palestinian Hamas militants that engulfed the Gaza Strip in the first two weeks of 2009.

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press.

A Palestinian woman shrieks in agony after relatives are killed in a missile strike outside their home in Beit Lahiya, in northern Gaza.

Frightened Palestinian children are comforted, also in Beit Lahiya.

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press.

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press.
 

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press
 

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press.
 

A woman in the ruins of her destroyed home in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza.

 

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press.

Photo taken by Khalil Hamra of the Associated Press.