Photog Messinis Wins Prize for Libya Shots

Greek photographer Aris Messinis, who works for Agence France Presse, has won the Photography Prize at the Bayeux- Calvados Awards for his October 2011 coverage of the Battle of Sirte in Libya.

“His photos were taken while National Transitional Council forces launched their final assault on the last pockets of Kadhafi loyalists, a few days before the dictator’s death,” AFP said in a statement. “His images document the violence, but also the confusion and disorder that reigned during the final battle.”

Messinis, 35, has been chief photographer for AFP in Greeces ince 2006.  He worked in Libya andE gyptduring the “Arab Spring” and has won many prestigious awards,  such as Days Japan 2012, Fotoweek 2011, and the NPPA.