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AP earns 3 Bayeux awards for Ukraine coverage

, by Lauren Easton

Stunning visual coverage of the war in Ukraine has earned The Associated Press three first prize trophies at the 29th Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents.

Photographer Evgeniy Maloletka won the Photo trophy for his haunting image of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher from a shelled maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine.

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Photographer Vadim Ghirda won the Public’s Choice Award photo trophy for his poignant picture of children looking out the window of a train in Kyiv. Ghirda also was recognized with third prize in the photo trophy category

Children look out the window of an unheated Lviv bound train, in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Video journalist Mstyslav Chernov won the Video Image trophy for his coverage of the siege of Mariupol. Chernov also earned second prize in the television trophy category.

“The dangerous, difficult and challenging assignment of covering conflict is vital to society's understanding of the world,” said J. David Ake, AP assistant managing editor for photography. “We are gratified that the work of our visual journalists covering the war in Ukraine was honored this weekend at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents. They join an elite and talented group of past recipients.”

AP video journalist Mstyslav Chernov, center left, and photographer Evgeniy Maloletka, center right, accept awards at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award ceremony in Bayeux, France, Oct. 8 2022. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The awards, which recognize journalists who work in hazardous conditions, were announced Saturday during a ceremony in Bayeux, France.

An exhibition of Maloletka and Chernov’s work in Mariupol, curated by AP chief photographer Jerome Delay, is on display in Bayeux through Oct. 30.

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