China Eaerthquake 2008

CompanyAssociated Press
PhotographerOded balilty
PrizeBronze in Photojournalism / General News
Entry Description

The rigor mortis affecting the region has spread to the psyches of the living. At least 70,000 people fell victim to the apocalyptic earthquake on the 12th May 2008 in the Chinese province of Sichuan. 15 million houses collapsed. Since then almost 6 million people have been living in emergency accommodation. This catastrophe was followed by an earthquake of the soul that caused no less suffering. The inner world of the survivors has been shaken to its very core, damaged and traumatized, and is now haunted by the demons of the horror that they survived. Their outside world also lacks firm foundations. Amidst all this, the Israeli photographer, Oded Balilty, only rarely met a hint of childish light-heartedness

About Photographer

1979 Born in Jerusalem 1998-2001 Served as a Photographer for the IDF magazine "BAMAHANE" 2001-2001 Photographer for "Zoom 77" News Agency From 2002 AP (Associated Press) Photographer in Jerusalem 2005 Was chosen to attend the JOOP World Press Master Class 2007-2008 was based in Beijing, China, for Associated Press Today Balilty lives in Tel-Aviv and engages with newsworthy and documentary photography in Israel and abroad. Solo Exhibitions 2000 "Reflected Reality" (with artist Anna Shapira), Z.O.A House, Tel-Aviv 2005 Coalmine photo gallery, Zurich, Switzerland 2006 â??Chernobyl Todayâ??, festival du Scoop, Angers, France 2007 Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel, Switzerland 2007 Lucca Digital Photo Festival, Italy 2007 â??Chernobyl Todayâ??, Coalmine photo gallery, Zurich, Switzerland 2008 "China", photo festival of Gijon, Spain Selected group exhibitions 2004 "AP Jerusalem", VISA pour L'image Perpignan, France 2005 joint exhibition of Israeli and Palestinian photographers, War photography museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia 2008 Yad Vashem holocaust museum, Jerusalem Awards 2003 APME News Photography Award for the coverage of Violence in the Middle East 2004 1st prize of the Editor and Publisher Award for multiple images/photo essay from Chernobyl 2006 Unicef Photo of the Year honorable mention for "single picture" 2006 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar - awarded 1st Place and best in show 2006 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar 2006 1st place in spot news 2006 1st' prize of the Editor and Publisher Award for Multiple Images Photo Essay and honorable mention for "single picture" 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Photography braking News 2007 1st prize in "People in the news" World Press Photo 2007 1st prize in Germany Lead Awards 2007 in the Photography Category 2007 1st prize in POYI in human conflict category 2007 1st prize in International Headliner Award 2007 1st and 2nd prize in NPPA 2007 1st prize in National Headliner Award for Magazines, News Services, Syndicates - Spot News Photography 2007 Photography Spot News in Sigma Delta Chi Award 2007 Awarded at the National Geographic All Roads Photography Program 2007 APME Award for the cover of the Israeli - Lebanese War (with group of Photographers) 2008 World Press Photo - 3rd place People in the news 2008 Picture of the Year International (POYI) 3rd place in news picture story 2008 APME for the coverage of earthquake in south west China in May 2008 2008 Unicef Photo of the Year 2nd place for the coverage of earthquake in south west China in May 2008 2009 Picture of the Year International (POYI) Award of excellence for his work "Ping pong Nation" from Beijing and Award of excellence for the coverage of earthquake in south west China in 2009 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar received awards in five categories for his work in China 2009 The PGB Award 1st prize for the coverage of earthquake in south west China 2009 The 75th National Headliner Awards in Photography portfolio 2009 NPPA Awards, Honorable mention, in Natural Disaster category 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for the coverage of earthquake in south west China (with group of photographers from The Associated Press)