Entry Title: "QUWEIQ RIVER'S MASSACRE"
Name: JM Lopez , Spain
Category and Expertise: General News|War/Conflict|Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: On January 29, 2013 the bodies of at least 68 unidentified young men and boys, all executed with a single gunshot to the head or neck, were found in the Quweiq River, which separates the Bustan al-Qasr district from Ansari in the southwest of Aleppo, in a rebel-held area, adding to the grim list of massacres committed during Syria's war. One month and a half later more than 30 bodies were found at the same place and in the same way.

Story: On January 29, 2013 the bodies of at least 68 unidentified young men and boys, all executed with a single gunshot to the head or neck, were found in the Quweiq River, which separates the Bustan al-Qasr district from Ansari in the southwest of Aleppo, in a rebel-held area, adding to the grim list of massacres committed during Syria's war. During the following three days neighbours were gathered at the Yarmouk School in order to recognize their relatives and friends killed. One month and a half later more than 30 bodies were found at the same place and in the same way, the story was repeated again. Syria's opposition charged that 'global inaction' was giving Bashar al-Assad's regime a license to kill. Syria's war has killed more than 120,000 people and forced millions more to flee their homes. The battle for control over Syria’s commercial capital, the city of Aleppo, arrived as part of the wider Syrian civil war involving most regions of the country today. This city has been split into rebel and regime-controlled areas since mid-summer 2012, when rebels launched a massive offensive to try to take Syria's second city.

About the Artist:

I am an independent Spanish photographer who is focused on issues having to do with social conflicts and injustice in the world and I would like to think that my work can help to improve lives of the people who I photograph. After studying Photography at the School of Arts of Oviedo (Spain) I was working as a staff photographer for eleven years in “La Cronica de Leon”, a local newspaper of my city, until 2009. I have worked documenting issues in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Iran, Kosovo, Haiti, Guatemala, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine, Venezuela, and DR Congo among others. During the last two years I have been covering the Syrian war, South Sudan conflict, Somalia and Iraq as a regular contributor for Agence France-Presse (AFP). My work have been shown in both individual and collective exhibitions and published in the most important media around the world such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, El País, Der Spiegel and L’espresso among others. 2015 - Shortlisted Sony World Photography Awards Lifestyle Category 2014 - 3rd Place Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Press Category. - Gold Medal Px3 Prix de la Photographie Press/General News. - Silver Medal Px3 Prix de la Photographie Press/War. - 1st Place People’s Choice Awards Press/War. - Two Honorable Mention International Photography Awards (IPA) Editorial Category. - Winner PDN Photo Annual Award. 2013 - 1st Place International Photography Awards (IPA) Editorial General News. - Four Honorable Mention International Photography Awards (IPA) Editorial Category. - Selected La Quatrième Image Exhibition, Paris. 2012 - Nominated Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund. - 3rd Place International Photography Awards (IPA) Editorial General News. - Shortlisted Vienna International Photo Awards for Documentary Photography. 2011 - 2nd Place UNICEF Photo of the Year Award. - Award-winning ANI-Pix Palace, Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan. 2010 - Finalist International Prize of Photojournalism City of Gijon. - Finalist Roberto Villagraz Scholarship. - Finalist International Prize Caja España B/N Photography. 2006 - Honorable Mention Albarracin Photo Festival Scholarship. - Finalist International Prize of Photojournalism City of Gijon. 2005 - Finalist International Prize of Photojournalism City of Gijon. 2003 - 1st Place Fujifilm Euro Press Photo Awards, National Feature Category. 2000 - Finalist Francisco Cossio Award of Journalism, Photography Category.