ICRC Visa d’Or Humanitarian Award to encourage respect for medical teams

September 16, 2011


On September 1st in Perpignan, the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) Visa d’Or Humanitarian Award was officially presented to Catalina Martin-Chico by Laurent Corbaz, Head of the ICRC delegation in France, before an audience of 2,500 people.

On June 21, the award jury unanimously selected from among 62 competitors the Franco-Spanish photographer’s work focusing on care for the wounded during “the Yemeni revolution” in February 2011.

For the President of the Jury, Dr. Jean-Christophe Rufin, of the Academie Française, “in addition to its aesthetic and emotional force, Catalina Martin-Chico’s work portrays not just people’s suffering but also the professionalism and courage of the emergency staff, in accordance with the specifications of the prize.”

Catalina Martin-Chico’s photographs are a graphic reminder that violence against medical facilities and healthcare personnel must be stopped on a worldwide basis. It is a matter of life or death.

This prize, worth 8,000 euros, is intended to encourage photographers and the media to highlight the issue of healthcare in armed conflicts and other violent situations, and in accordance with International humanitarian law enjoin combatants to respect the work of medical teams at all times and under all circumstances.