Media. Will Vassilopoulos – Finalist Entry (Rory Peck Award for News)
CAMERA MAN. This award honours the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in the coverage of a news event where the focus is on the immediacy of the story. Agency rushes/un-voiced pieces are accepted in this category. (Duration: up to 10 minutes)
Fear and Desperation: Refugees and Migrants Pour into Greece. Broadcast by Agence France-Presse
Since 2015, Greece has become one of the main entry points into Europe for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war, poverty and persecution. Will’s footage shows desperate migrants and refugees arriving in the country from Turkey, having crossed the Aegean Sea in overcrowded, rickety boats and rubber dinghies – and their rescue from open water in the middle of the night.
His entry is focuses on the island of Lesbos, which has seen the highest number of arrivals, and on the makeshift, sprawling Idomeni camp on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia which became a flashpoint in the migrant crisis.