Spectacular images of the California wildfires win a major award

Barry White

Josh Edelson, an Agence France-Presse contributor since 2012, is one of two photo category winners of the inaugural Covering Climate Now journalism awards. The prize recognises his extraordinary coverage of massive wildfires that ravaged large areas of northern California last summer. His coverage also heightened awareness of the climate emergency. Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency based in Paris.

“I’ve covered wildfires in California for the past ten years and I’ve never seen anything like what happened this year”, said Josh Edelson, who is based in San Francisco. “The new normal seems to be that every season the fires bring a new surprise”.

The Agency’s Director Phil Chetwynd said: “This prize is a tribute to Josh Edelson’s exceptional work. Through his spectacular images he showed the extraordinary power of these forest fires that left people shattered and in unspeakable despair. The prize is also recognition of AFP’s commitment to making coverage of the global climate emergency an editorial priority”.

The prizes will be awarded each year by the Covering Climate Now coalition, which comprises 450 media organisations including AFP.

A video announcing the full list of prize winners is available on the Covering Climate Now website at: https://coveringclimatenow.org/event/first-covering-climate-now-journalism-awards-to-honor-excellence-in-reporting/

You can view Josh Edelson’s photos and read his about  his experiences in covering the fires in his blog,  After the Inferno at: https://correspondent.afp.com/after-inferno


Source: . Agence France-Presse (AFP) Paris.

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