On April 5th, 2011 South African photojournalist Anton Hammerl was seized by the Libyan militia loyal to Colonel Gaddafi, near Brega.
On Sunday May 8th Jodi Bieber, a fellow South African photographer, won Photo of the Year at the World Press Photography Awards. In her acceptance speech she appealed not only for Mr. Hammerl’s release, but for help in raising awareness of his disappearance and the killing and disappearances of other journalists and photojournalists all over the world.
Sadly, news later surfaced that Anton’s body had been found in the desert. He had been shot and left to die there, another tragic loss of life of a photojournalist in a conflict zone, and specifically in Libya where others also lost their lives this year.
Shortly after, Anton’s friends and collegaues rallied together to set up a web site through which fellow photographers (including the likes of David Burnett, Bruno Stevens and Kenneth Jarecke) could donate prints which could then be sold, with the proceeds going towards paying for the education of Anton’s three children.
Please visit the web site by clicking here, and for any photographers wishing to donate an image please click here.