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About
Hinzpeter Awards

On the 18th of May, 1980 , despite South Korean military’s violent
suppression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement,
Jürgen Hinzpeter infiltrated the city and recorded scenes of a massacre.

His footage brought the attention of the world to the devastation in Gwangju and had a
lasting impact on the movement for democracy in South Korea.

There are now movements across the world to protect democracy and, like Hinzpeter,
many video journalists are trying to capture the truth.

The Hinzpeter Awards are jointly organized by the May 18 Memorial Foundation and
the Korea Video Journalist Association. The Awards have been established to discover, and bring attention to, video journalists like Hinzpeter who demonstrate extraordinary journalistic spirit in their coverage of democratic movements around the world.

The Hinzpeter Awards aspire to recognize and honor video journalists who seek the truth,
protect human rights and fight for justice as recorders of reality and chroniclers of history.

Greetings from the Co-Chairmen of
the Hinzpeter Awards Organizing Committee

    • Dongnyun Jung
    • Co-Chairman of the HAOC
      (Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation)
    Greetings from the May 18 Memorial Foundation. I’m Dongnyun Jung, the chairperson of the Foundation.

    Since its establishment in 1994, our foundation has tried to promote the spirit of May 18 to the international community. Last year, the Foundation and the Korea Video Journalist Association established the Hintzpeter Awards as one of its achievements. The awards are growing, giving a significant boost to promoting the May 18 Spirit to the international community.

    Jürgen Hinzpeter was the reporter to inform the world about the resistance of Gwangju citizens, who were isolated from the outside world, by capturing them on camera In May 1980. Just as the “truth” captured in his film went beyond Germany to the world and back to Korea and informed the world about the May 18 Democratic Uprising, we hope that his spirit will continue through the Hinzpeter Awards in many parts of the world in desperate need of democratization and protection of human rights.

    Through the Hintzpeter Awards, we would like to remember the desire for democracy, human rights, and peace in many fierce sites worldwide and the dedication of video reporters to cover and report the location.

    The Hinzpeter Awards pay tribute to your dedication to the voices of the field, and promise to be with you all the time on the path of the dedication.

    • Jun-young Rha
    • Co-Chairman of the HAOC
      27th President of the Korea Video Journalist Association
    Greetings from the Korea Video Journalist Association. I'm Junyoung Rha, the 27th president of the association and co-chairperson of the Hinzpeter Awards Organizing Committee.

    In 2021, the Organizing Committee found journalists who have bravely reported and covered the scene for promoting democracy, human rights, and peace all over the world, and we awarded the award to them.

    We saw Belarusians' passionate shouting and tear that desire democratic election and democracy through the video of Mikhail Arshynski, the winner of 'The World at a Crossroads Award.' When we watched passionate protests of Myanmar citizens covered by Norman and Collin, the winner of the 'Award for News.', we were angry at the violence of Myanmar's military dictatorship. Following a dangerous journey in the Darién Gap through the video of Bruno Federico, the winner of the 'Award for Features,' we thought human rights of refugees and the issues of democracy, human rights, and peace. Young-gil Yu, the winner of the 'May Gwangju Award,' first covered the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising in 1980. His video led us to the streets of Gwangju full of citizens who protested the brutal violence of soldiers more than 40 years ago.

    Jürgen Hinzpeter informed the horror of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising in 1980 to the world. His video is not a piece of news but made international solidarity, support, and Korean citizens' awakening that enabled the development of Korean democracy. As a miracle created by Hinzpeter's life-threatening video coverage, the 2022 Hinzpeter Awards will encourage video journalists around the world to cover and promote democracy, human rights, and peace. I hope the encouragement creates stronger solidarity and a voice for global citizens.

 
The 2nd Hinzpeter Awards
Organizing Committee (2022)
  • Co-Chairmen

    • Dong-nyun Jung
    • Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

    • Jun-young Rha
    • 27th President of the Korea Video Journalist Association
  • The May 18 Memorial Foundation

    • Gi-bong Lee
    • General Secretary of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

    • Jae-dae Koh
    • Director of International Affairs Department of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

    • Hye-won Lee
    • Project Manager of International Affairs Department of the May 18 Memorial Foundation
  • Korea Video Journalist Association

    • Eun-ji Huh
    • Office Manager of the Korea Video Journalist Association

    • Ju-ah Oh
    • Coordinator of the Korea Video Journalist Association
  • Members

      • Gyung-rok Kim
      • Deputy Director, YTN Gwangju Branch



      • Sang-june Kim
      • Producer of Granma




      • Young-me Kim
      • International Dispute Professional Producer, Representative of Docu and News Korea

      • Woo-chul Kim
      • Former MBC video journalist,
        Media instructor and researcher

      • Jung-eun Kim
      • Deputy Editor of Camera News Coverage Office, KBS


      • Jeong-ho Kim
      • C.E.O., T Times Indonesia



      • Ung-bi Ra
      • Video Journalist of News Room, MBN


      • Seung-jai Moon
      • Deputy Head of a Management & Planning department, Yonhapnews TV

      • Hak-jin Lee
      • Camera Reporter, JTBC



      • Yoo-joo Lim
      • Imaging Team Leader, News Dept, Andong MBC




      • Won-sang Han
      • Adviser of the Korea Video Journalists Association, 25∙26th President of the Korea Video Journalists Association

      • Ki-tek Hyun
      • Deputy Editor of News Video Coverage, MBC



The 1st Hinzpeter Awards
Organizing Committee (2021)
  • Co-Chairmen

    • Dongnyun Jung
    • Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

    • Wonsang Han
    • 25, 26th President of the Korea Video Journalist Association
  • The May 18 Memorial
    Foundation

    • Gibong Lee
    • Secretary General of the May 18 Memorial Foundation

    • Hyewon Lee
    • Project Coordinator of the May 18 Memorial Foundation
  • Korea Video Journalist
    Association

    • Junyoung Rha
    • 27th President of the Korea Video Journalist Association

    • Eunji Huh
    • Office Manager of the Korea Video Journalist Association
  • Members

      • Youngme Kim
      • Producer Specializing in Global Conflicts

      • Woochul Kim
      • Media Instructor
        Video Journalist, MBC(former)

      • Jungeun Kim
      • Video Journalist, KBS

      • Seungjai Moon
      • Head of Visual News Dept, Yonhapnews TV

      • Sanghoon Park
      • Head of Press Dept, Gwangju KBS

      • Bongseung Shin
      • Video Journalist, KBS

      • Kwangrok Oh
      • Deputy Chief Reporter, Gwangjuilbo

      • Shuknyun Yoon
      • Professor of Mass Communication &
        Journalism, Gwangju Univ.

      • Yoojoo Lim
      • Imaging Team Leader, News Dept,
        Andong MBC

      • Yooncheol Jeon
      • Video Journalist, Gwangju MBC

      • Seongjin Cho
      • Video Journalist, News Dept, OBS

      • Ryung Ha
      • Video Journalist, News Dept, SBS