Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow in Nepal Receives National Award
We are proud to announce that 2016 Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow Amul Thapa has received an award from the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. KP Sharma Oli, for his work and dedication in documenting the aftermath of last year's earthquake and aftershocks. A photojournalist with KathmanduToday.com, Amul has been a creative partner in the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program in Nepal, supporting Steve Connors, the Master Storyteller, as a photographer, travel liaison and assistant during filming. In a fitting testament to the work being done by Hilton Prize Laureates, Amul is also an alumnus of Coalition member organization SOS Children’s Villages Kavre in Nepal.
Says Connors, "Amul made such a valuable contribution to our understanding of the human story amid the devastation of the disaster--most notably his images of hope arising from the sadness of the rubble--that transcended the sorrows and illuminated the strength and resilience of the Nepalese people."
Amul has written about his experience working on the documentary as an alumnus of the SOS Children's Villages Kavre. Connors adds, "As always, when an individual is so recognised for their work, we should also reach back to understand their journey to that place and the helping hands they were offered along the way. Credit for that belongs, in no small measure, to the walls and the spirit of the SOS Children’s Village within which Amul was nurtured as he grew."
As a 2016 Fellow, Amul will be contributing more of his photography and impressions throughout the next few months as we commemorate the one year anniversary of the earthquake and aftershocks.
(Amul, right, receives award from Prime Minister Oli for his contributions in the field of photography. Photo from original article at www.onlinekhabar.com)