IFAW Photographer Takes Home World Press Photo Award for Coverage of IFAW Response to Oil Spill Disaster

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from International Fund for Animal Welfare

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW -- www.ifaw.org) photographer, Jon
 Hrusa of South Africa, was today presented with an award by the World Press
 Photo organization in their annual global photojournalism competition.  Hrusa
 was honored for powerful images he captured of IFAW's dramatic rescue,
 rehabilitation and release of more than 20,000 African penguins following a
 devastating oil spill in South Africa in June 2000.
     Hrusa's images were awarded third place in the environmental category.  An
 international jury of experts made their selection from works entered by
 3,938 photojournalists from 122 countries in this prestigious annual contest.
 Beginning 24 April 2001, the 200 award-winning images of the 44th annual World
 Press Photo Contest, including Hrusa's dramatic images, will begin an
 80-country tour that will run through the remainder of this year.  For a full
 listing of the exhibition schedule visit:
 http://www.worldpressphoto.nl/exhibitions.jsp .
     Hrusa was assigned by IFAW to document, from start to finish, IFAW's
 emergency response to an oil spill following the 23 June 2000 sinking of the
 freighter Treasure, six miles off the coast of Cape Town, which affected 44%
 of the world population of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus).  He spent
 more than two months capturing the work of over 11,000 volunteers and dozens
 experts that had arrived from all parts of the globe.
     At the time of the spill, IFAW Emergency Relief Director Sarah Scarth
 said, "This is the world's biggest oil spill disaster to ever affect coastal
 birds.  The massive, round-the-clock effort of rescuers is the only hope for
 these thousands of oil-stricken birds."
     "Covering the rescue of the oiled African penguins for the International
 Fund for Animal Welfare was an incredible experience," said Hrusa.  "It is not
 often that as a photographer I have the opportunity to capture an event that
 has such global implications, with images being used world-wide.  I witnessed
 an entire species of birds being rescued from the brink of extinction.  I am
 proud to have been able to tell the story of the successful penguin rescue to
 the world through my images."
     In addition to providing some of the world's top oiled wildlife experts
 with unique documentation of one of the most comprehensive oiled wildlife
 emergency responses, Hrusa's images also provided the world with an inside
 view of this dramatic wildlife rescue story.  Media around the globe picked up
 his images, as people worldwide followed the successful saving of Africa's
 only penguin species.
     EDITOR NOTES: To view some of Jon Hrusa's award winning images of this
 devastating environmental disaster and for archived news of this event, visit:
 http://www.ifaw.org/press/pr062900.html
 
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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW -- www.ifaw.org) photographer, Jon
 Hrusa of South Africa, was today presented with an award by the World Press
 Photo organization in their annual global photojournalism competition.  Hrusa
 was honored for powerful images he captured of IFAW's dramatic rescue,
 rehabilitation and release of more than 20,000 African penguins following a
 devastating oil spill in South Africa in June 2000.
     Hrusa's images were awarded third place in the environmental category.  An
 international jury of experts made their selection from works entered by
 3,938 photojournalists from 122 countries in this prestigious annual contest.
 Beginning 24 April 2001, the 200 award-winning images of the 44th annual World
 Press Photo Contest, including Hrusa's dramatic images, will begin an
 80-country tour that will run through the remainder of this year.  For a full
 listing of the exhibition schedule visit:
 http://www.worldpressphoto.nl/exhibitions.jsp .
     Hrusa was assigned by IFAW to document, from start to finish, IFAW's
 emergency response to an oil spill following the 23 June 2000 sinking of the
 freighter Treasure, six miles off the coast of Cape Town, which affected 44%
 of the world population of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus).  He spent
 more than two months capturing the work of over 11,000 volunteers and dozens
 experts that had arrived from all parts of the globe.
     At the time of the spill, IFAW Emergency Relief Director Sarah Scarth
 said, "This is the world's biggest oil spill disaster to ever affect coastal
 birds.  The massive, round-the-clock effort of rescuers is the only hope for
 these thousands of oil-stricken birds."
     "Covering the rescue of the oiled African penguins for the International
 Fund for Animal Welfare was an incredible experience," said Hrusa.  "It is not
 often that as a photographer I have the opportunity to capture an event that
 has such global implications, with images being used world-wide.  I witnessed
 an entire species of birds being rescued from the brink of extinction.  I am
 proud to have been able to tell the story of the successful penguin rescue to
 the world through my images."
     In addition to providing some of the world's top oiled wildlife experts
 with unique documentation of one of the most comprehensive oiled wildlife
 emergency responses, Hrusa's images also provided the world with an inside
 view of this dramatic wildlife rescue story.  Media around the globe picked up
 his images, as people worldwide followed the successful saving of Africa's
 only penguin species.
     EDITOR NOTES: To view some of Jon Hrusa's award winning images of this
 devastating environmental disaster and for archived news of this event, visit:
 http://www.ifaw.org/press/pr062900.html
 
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