Xinhua's photo covering Beirut blast wins "Beirut Prize for Humanity"

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BEIRUT, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Xinhua, the official press agency of China, has won the "Beirut Prize for Humanity" for the category of the best photo illustration, the General Secretariat of the Arab League said in a statement.

The photo that won the prize featured Pamela Zeinoun, a Lebanese nurse at St George Hospital, who saved three babies after last year's Beirut port explosion which killed at least 200 and wounded more than 6,000 others.

Xinhua's photographer Bilal Jawish said the photo tried to capture a positive moment among the scenes of blood, destruction, and death after the explosion, which took place on Aug. 4, 2020 and destroyed a big part of the capital city.

"The beautiful thing about the photo is that Pamela saved the babies and wanted them to live, while the dominating scene back then was bleakly featuring blood and death from the horrible explosion," he told Xinhua.

The idea of the "Beirut Prize for Humanity" was brought forward in June by former Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad to the Council of Arab Information Ministers, in commemoration of the devastating explosion in Beirut.

It was aimed at highlighting the region's good journalistic work covering the post-blast human acts in all its forms, whether visual, written, audio or digital.

The prize featured five categories including the best TV report, the best-written article, the best photo illustration, the best documentary, and the best radio report.

Winners will receive their prizes in Iraq's capital Baghdad later this month. Enditem

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