Two Afghan photographer, Mohammad Ismail and Mohammad Aref Karimi, win Shah Marai Award in Paris.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, Mohammad Ismail, 41, a photographer at the Reuters news agency in Kabul, and Mohammad Aref Karimi, a photojournalist for Agence France-Presse in Herat, won the third round of the awards, according to this year’s judges of the Shah Marai Awards Foundation in France.
The winner picture which is taken by Mohammad Ismail portrays a young man who is training to swim with his legs amputated. The winner of the photo story group is 35-year-old Mohammad Aref Karimi, who works for AFP in Herat. He won this round of the Shah Marai Photography Foundation Awards for his portrayal of silk production in his native province.
The award, entitled “My Afghanistan”, was launched in honor of Shah Marai, chief photographer of Agence France-Presse's Kabul bureau, who was killed in a suicide attack on April 30, 2018. This year’s jury consisted of Lyse Doucet, BBC correspondent, Massoud Hosseini, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Kabul-based veteran journalist, and Ami Vitale, a National Geographic photographer.