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AFP launches 2013 Kate Webb Prize for frontline journalism in Asia

The international news agency AFP is inviting locally-hired journalists working in Asia to submit entries for its annual Kate Webb Prize.

The prize – worth 3,000 euros (about 3,900 USD) – is named after Kate Webb, one of the finest correspondents to have worked for AFP, who died in 2007 at the age of 64.The prize is awarded for exceptional work produced by locally-engaged Asian journalists operating in dangerous or difficult circumstances.

“The Kate Webb Award offers international recognition for journalistic excellence to locally-hired journalists reporting the news, very often at the risk of life or liberty, from across the Asia-Pacific region. AFP knows, as Kate knew, the core role of local reporters to domestic media well as international news companies in bringing depth and breadth to news coverage of Asia.” said AFP’s Asia- Pacific Director Gilles Campion.

This year’s prize is open to local reporters, photographers and broadcast journalists in Asia, including camera crew, for work done between January 1 and December 31, 2012. Stringers and freelance journalists may submit entries as well as people employed by local media.

Applications should be made by April 30, 2013. The winner will be announced in May and will be invited to a prize-giving ceremony.

More information on the prize can be found here.