Tim Hetherington wins McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism

Specialist Tad Donoho screams with pain after being administered a 'pink belly' for his birthday. Each member of the platoon strikes his stomach until it begins to bruise, hence the name 'pink belly'. Photograph: Tim Hetherington/ Tim Hetherington/Magnum Photos
Specialist Tad Donoho screams with pain after being administered a ‘pink belly’ for his birthday. Part of Open Eye Gallery Exhibition You Never See Them Like This. Photograph: Tim Hetherington/ Tim Hetherington/Magnum Photos

 

Magnum photo agency has announced today that the The Congressional Medal of Honour Society has named Magnum’s Tim Hetherington the winner the 2013 McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism.

“This prestigious award is presented to a member of the media or a media organisation for distinguished service, excellence in reporting and unbiased coverage of the United States Military through journalism.”

The movie Restrepo co­directed by Hetherington with Sebastian Junger is the most prominent of his projects about the US military, but is only part of a greater body of work on the military that includes Sleeping Soldiers, a photo installation, Infidel, a 2010 book, and his many public presentations about his work and how he approached the subject of men in combat. All this work is distinguished by his adamant refusal to politicise fighters and his utter concentration on every soldier’s humanity. Hetherington and Junger were already known to the Medal Of Honour Society from when they filmed Salvatore A. Giunta in 2010, when Giunta was named recipient of the US military’s highest honour, the Congressional Medal of Honour.

This comes as the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool pays tribute to Hetherington, a Liverpudlian himself, in the exhibition You Never See Them Like Thisin which thirty of the images from the Infidel series have been displayed in various formats.

The McCrary Award For Excellence In Journalism will be made posthumously and was received by Hetherington’s mother Judith Hetherington and his professional colleague Sebastian Junger on September 21 by the Congressional Medal of Honour Society in Gettysburg.