Sunday, July 01, 2007

A quick word of congratulations to Thony Bélizaire

The Haitian news source AlterPresse has printed the good news that veteran Haitian photographer Thony Bélizaire, of Agence France Presse, has been awarded first prize in a photo contest sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for his work on the topic “Life in Cities.”

I had the good fortune to work with Thony quite a bit in Haiti over the years, covering political unrest, natural disasters and exuberant carnavals,and always knew him to be the consummate professional, dedicated to both his job and his country. Working with Thony and the other local Haitians journalists, who risked their lives in exchange for negligible salaries because of their dedication to their craft, remains some of my best memories of the country over the years.

Félicitations, Thony, on an award well-deserved.

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