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The ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or awarded to photojournalist Sebastiano Tomada

Perpignan, September 5, 2013


The ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or awarded to photojournalist Sebastiano Tomada - 2013

The third ICRC Humanitarian Visa d’Or photography award, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the support of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, went to 27-year old Sebastiano Tomada, a photojournalist with the Sipa press agency in New York for his work in Aleppo (Syria) on the plight of medical assistance.

This competition is open to professional photojournalists as part of the 25th edition of the Visa pour l'Image International Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan.

Established in 2011, the ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d'Or is awarded in recognition of reports by a professional photojournalist who has succeeded in highlighting the issue of respect for the medical mission in war and other violent situations. The initiative is part of the Health Care in Danger project run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the past three years.

The purpose of the Humanitarian Visa d'Or is to draw attention to the issue of respect for medical missions in armed conflicts and other violent situations.

Sebastiano Tomada’s report poignantly documents the situation of the wounded, the difficulty of accessing health care and the precariousness of relief provision structures exposed to the violence of the fighting. in Aleppo, Syria.


  • A abandoned ambulance in the neighborhood of Moshed one of Aleppo's liberated areas and a stronghold of the Free Syrian Army. March 27, 2013.
                                         (Photo by Sebastiano Tomada/Sipa USA)
  • Syria, Aleppo:
                                         The body of a severly wounded civilian is escorted to a hospital in the city of Aleppo.
  • Syria, Aleppo:
                                         Father and son, survivors of a aerial attack on behalf of Bashar Al Assas'a army, rest in one of Aleppo's last standing hospitals.

Award ceremony and interview with Sebastiano Tomada